Bolungarvík

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Bolungarvík
Town and Municipality
Bolungarvík 01.JPG
Location of the Municipality of Bolungarvík
Location of the Municipality of Bolungarvík
Bolungarvík is located in Iceland
Bolungarvík
Bolungarvík
Location of the Municipality of Bolungarvík
Coordinates: 66°09′N 23°15′W / 66.150°N 23.250°W / 66.150; -23.250
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Northwest Constituency
Region[2] Westfjords
County Norður-Ísafjarðarsýsla
Municipality Bolungarvík
Population (January 2013)
 • Total 918
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Póstnúmer 415
Website Official website

Bolungarvík is a fishing village and municipality in the North-West of Iceland, located at the Westfjords peninsula, approximately 14 kilometres from the town of Ísafjörður and 473 km from the capital city Reykjavík.

Bolungarvík had 918 inhabitants on 1 January 2013.

It is one of Iceland's oldest fishing outposts, well positioned close to abundant fishing grounds. The quiet countryside attracts some tourists, mainly in summer. Tourist attractions include a camping site next to an indoor swimming pool with a waterside and a National history museum where a polar bear specimen and the biggest bird collection in Iceland can be seen. The surroundings of Bolungarvík are quite popular destinations for hiking, horse riding and birdwatching. Under the right weather conditions, the eastern coast of Greenland can be seen from the summit of Mount Bolafjall. Bolungarvík's faculties include apartment rental, a bank, a post office, two bars, supermarket , convenience store, kindergartens, high school, community center, handcraft store, tourist information centre and a swimming pool can be found in downtown.

Bolungarvik was the location for Nói Albínói, a movie by Dagur Kári about a teenager living in a remote Icelandic village and loses his family in an avalanche.

History and folklore[edit]

According to Landnámabók Þuríður Sundafyllir settled in Bolungarvík around 940 along with her brother Þjóðólfur. Folklore says they had a disagreement and put a spell on each other, as they were both skilled sorcerers. Þuríður laid on her brother that he would spend eternity as a monolith on which all birds would defecate. Þjóðólfur in turn hexed his sister that she would forever stand where the wind blows most. The pillar that was said to be Þuríður collapsed in half in 1936. The legend says that same night "Þjóðólfur" sank in the sea. That night their spell washed away into the sea.[3]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Bolungarvík
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 9.7
(49.5)
8.9
(48)
8.9
(48)
10.8
(51.4)
13.9
(57)
17.1
(62.8)
18.9
(66)
18.3
(64.9)
16.1
(61)
12.3
(54.1)
10.9
(51.6)
10.0
(50)
18.9
(66)
Average high °C (°F) 2.6
(36.7)
1.9
(35.4)
2.2
(36)
4.5
(40.1)
7.8
(46)
12.0
(53.6)
14.0
(57.2)
13.3
(55.9)
10.2
(50.4)
5.6
(42.1)
3.7
(38.7)
3.0
(37.4)
6.7
(44.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) 0.0
(32)
−0.9
(30.4)
−0.7
(30.7)
1.5
(34.7)
4.6
(40.3)
8.4
(47.1)
10.3
(50.5)
10.0
(50)
7.3
(45.1)
3.2
(37.8)
1.1
(34)
0.2
(32.4)
3.7
(38.7)
Average low °C (°F) −2.6
(27.3)
−3.6
(25.5)
−3.2
(26.2)
−0.9
(30.4)
1.9
(35.4)
5.5
(41.9)
7.5
(45.5)
7.6
(45.7)
5.1
(41.2)
1.1
(34)
−1.4
(29.5)
−2.5
(27.5)
1.2
(34.2)
Record low °C (°F) −9.3
(15.3)
−11.0
(12.2)
−10.6
(12.9)
−7.1
(19.2)
−3.4
(25.9)
1.3
(34.3)
3.5
(38.3)
2.6
(36.7)
−1.2
(29.8)
−4.9
(23.2)
−7.3
(18.9)
−9.8
(14.4)
−11.0
(12.2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 82
(3.23)
79
(3.11)
79
(3.11)
48
(1.89)
42
(1.65)
25
(0.98)
40
(1.57)
56
(2.2)
79
(3.11)
104
(4.09)
82
(3.23)
89
(3.5)
804
(31.65)
Source: Veðurstofa Íslands[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Political division
  2. ^ Mainly statistical division
  3. ^ "Jakub Gainski". Vikari. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "1994-2013 Climate Values, Bolungarvík". Veðurstofa Íslands. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 66°09′N 23°15′W / 66.150°N 23.250°W / 66.150; -23.250