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Óshlíð Tunnel
Southeast entrance
Location Westfjords, Iceland
Route 61
Work begun 2008
Opened 2010
Operator Vegagerðin
Traffic Automotive
Vehicles per day 800
Length 5.4 km (3.4 mi)
No. of lanes 2
Grade 2%

Bolungarvíkurgöng is a tunnel in northwestern Iceland, located in Westfjords along Route 61. It has a length of 5,156 m (16,916 ft) and opened on 25 September 2010.[1]

One of the main objectives of building the tunnel was to replace one of Iceland’s most dangerous roads which connected two of the largest towns in the area, Ísafjörður and Bolungarvík, and thereby improving road safety. The old road lies along the seashore under the steep and unstable mountain hills of Óshlíd. Other objectives include improved road connections and reduced travel times so the distance between Ísafjordur and Bolungarvík will be similar as between districts in a city. The tunnel was opened for traffic on 15 July 2010.

Bolungarvik Tunnel details:[2]

  • Tunnel length: 5.3 km
  • Cross section of the tunnel: 54 m2
  • Maximum width of the tunnel: 8.7 m
  • Two-lane highway
  • Number of emergency lay-bys: 10


  1. ^ "Bolungarvíkurgöng opnuð". Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ Mannvit, engineering firm -"Bolungarvik Road Tunnel". Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 

Coordinates: 66°07′50″N 23°10′02″W / 66.13056°N 23.16722°W / 66.13056; -23.16722