Enjoy sweeping ocean and fjord views from this far-flung outpost.

The Ósvör maritime museum near Bolungarvík
Fishing boats in Bolungarvík harbour
The Bolafjall radar station near the village of Bolungarvík
The Ósvör maritime museum near Bolungarvík
Fishing boats in Bolungarvík harbour
Best time to visit
Charging station

Local history and stunning panoramas await in this sleepy fishing village

Bolungarvík is a remote fishing village nestled in the northwest corner of Iceland’s Westfjords region. Lying around 14 km (9 mi) from the regional capital of Ísafjörður, this village serves up maritime history and quaint rural charm.

Legend goes that Bolungarvík, Iceland was settled in the 10th century by Þuríður Sundafyllir and her brother Þjóðólfur. A permanent outpost wasn’t established until the 17th century though, when it was prized by fishermen for its abundant waters.

What to see and do in Bolungarvík

The star attraction of the village is Ósvör Maritime Museum. It brings to life the history of the area’s fishing grounds and their impact on life on land.

At this outdoor museum, you can see a replica 19th-century Icelandic fishing hut. If you make an appointment, you can be led around the museum by a guide dressed as a  fisherman from the era.

The Bolafjall mountain, accessible by gravel road from the village, is home to a radar station and clifftop viewing platform. Here you can drink in panoramic views of the North Atlantic and uninhabited Hornstrandir region.

You can get to Bolungarvík via road 61, which hugs the coastline most of the way from Hólmavík, some 236 km (146 mi) southeast. You’re better off visiting in summer, as heavy snow can make the village tricky to reach in winter.

Other attractions near Bolungarvík

The town of Ísafjörður on a sunny day


Connect with Icelandic culture and enjoy local cuisine in the unofficial capital of the Westfjords.

13 km (8 mi)

Multiple cascades of the Dynjandi waterfall in summer


Check out this bridal veil waterfall in Iceland, a jewel of the Westfjords.

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The Rauðisandur beach from above


Soak up awe-inspiring views as you walk along this red sand beach in the Westfjords.

167 km (104 mi)

Puffins on the Látrabjarg sea cliffs


Go puffin watching and hike clifftop trails at Iceland’s westernmost point.

193 km (120 mi)