Like any committed culture vulture will have you know, the architecture of a region tells multiple stories on a singular platform: stories of survival and ingenuity, of making the most of the raw materials available in that geography and time, of progress and hope and of man’s eternal quest to make himself a little more
Bolafjall Mountain & Osvor
• Panoramic views from the Bolafjall mountain top
• The fishing village of Bolungarvik, the church and harbour
• Osvor Maritime Museum
• Optional: Skalavik Bay and black sand beach
We start the tour by driving through the tunnel from Isafjordur to Bolungarvik, the second largest town in the Westfjords and the northernmost.
Overlooking the tip of the Isafjardardjup Bay, at 625m, the Bolafjall mountain is the highest point one can drive to in the Westfjords and known to have some of the best views in Iceland.
The narrow road to the summit is open only in the summer. Used by the US Army during WWII and the Cold War, today the radar station there is used by the Icelandic Meteorological Office.
At the top you can enjoy a short walk to enjoy the stunning views of the Jokulfirdir fjords of Hornstrandir and the Isafjardardjup Bay. Legend has it that on a clear day, you can see all the way to Greenland.
On the way back, we drive around Bolungarvik, visit the town church and harbour, and learn about its history and the lives of people today.
The pretty church perched atop a hill has a unique stone wall and offers lovely views of the town.
The busiest fishing port in the Westfjords, the charming harbour area is filled with boats and usually bustling with activity.
Our final stop is the Osvor Maritime Museum, which is designed to be a replica of an Icelandic fishing station from the 19th century. Fishing huts, a boat, tools and equipment have been painstakingly preserved to provide visitors with a glimpse into the hardship of times past. Views of the Arctic Ocean and sounds of the crashing waves add to the experience.
It is possible to add an hour to the tour to follow the scenic mountain road further west from Bolafjall to the uninhabited Skalavik Bay. The ocean views from the pebbled black sand beach are breathtaking.
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