Bolungarvík

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Bolungarvíkurkaupstaður
Bolungarvík, Vestfirðir, Islandia, 2014-08-15, DD 049.JPG
Skyline of Bolungarvíkurkaupstaður
COA Bolungarvik.png
Coat of arms of Bolungarvíkurkaupstaður
Bolungarvíkurkaupstaður is located in Iceland
Bolungarvíkurkaupstaður
Bolungarvíkurkaupstaður
66°09′N 23°15′W / 66.150°N 23.250°W / 66.150; -23.250Coordinates: 66°09′N 23°15′W / 66.150°N 23.250°W / 66.150; -23.250
Region Westfjords
Constituency Northwest Constituency
Mayor Jón Páll Hreinsson
Area 109 km2 (42 sq mi)
Population 882
Density 872/km2 (2,260/sq mi)
Municipal number 4100
Postal code(s) 415
Website bolungarvik.is

Bolungarvík is a fishing village and the only built-up area in the municipality of Bolungarvíkurkaupstaður in the northwest of Iceland, located on the Westfjords peninsula, approximately 14 kilometres from the town of Ísafjörður and 473 km. from the capital city Reykjavík.

It was 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 waterslide as well as a natural history museum where a polar bear specimen and the biggest bird collection in Iceland can be seen. The beautiful bay Skálavík can be reached by gravel road over a mountain pass. That same road also leads to the top of the Bolafjall mountain (638 m.) with a magnificent view of the village of Bolungarvík, the Ísafjarðardjúp fjord, the Jökulfirðir fjords, the Hornstrandir nature reserve and the street of Denmark. On the same spot there is a radar station. The surroundings of Bolungarvík are quite popular destinations for hiking, horse riding, sea angling and birdwatching. Bolungarvík's facilities include apartment rental, a bank, a post office, two bars, a supermarket, a convenience store, a kindergarten, a primary school, a community center, a handcraft store and a tourist information centre.

Bolungarvik was the location for Nói Albínói, a movie by Dagur Kári about a teenager living in a remote Icelandic village who 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 the cliff "Þjóðólfur" sank in the sea. That night their spell washed away into the sea.[1]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Galtarviti 14.1 km (8.8 mi) from Bolungarvík
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.3
(34.3)
1.8
(35.2)
1.1
(34)
3.6
(38.5)
6.6
(43.9)
9.6
(49.3)
11.2
(52.2)
11.3
(52.3)
8.4
(47.1)
5.6
(42.1)
3.1
(37.6)
1.8
(35.2)
5.4
(41.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.9
(30.4)
−0.5
(31.1)
−1.4
(29.5)
1.0
(33.8)
4.1
(39.4)
7.0
(44.6)
8.7
(47.7)
8.8
(47.8)
6.1
(43)
3.6
(38.5)
1.0
(33.8)
−0.6
(30.9)
3.1
(37.6)
Average low °C (°F) −3.2
(26.2)
−2.9
(26.8)
−3.6
(25.5)
−1.1
(30)
2.1
(35.8)
5.1
(41.2)
6.8
(44.2)
6.9
(44.4)
4.2
(39.6)
1.7
(35.1)
−1.1
(30)
−3.0
(26.6)
1.0
(33.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 136.0
(5.354)
108.7
(4.28)
115.9
(4.563)
78.1
(3.075)
49.7
(1.957)
51.9
(2.043)
48.7
(1.917)
63.7
(2.508)
124.9
(4.917)
157.6
(6.205)
154.9
(6.098)
124.6
(4.906)
1,215.4
(47.85)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 23.7 21.0 23.9 20.0 15.4 16.1 15.1 17.0 20.1 24.5 23.7 24.5 245.3
Source: Veðurstofa Íslands[2]

Panorama[edit]

Panorama of the village of Bolungarvík.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jakub Gainski". Vikari. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "1961-1990 Climate Averages for Galtarviti". Veðurstofa Íslands. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 

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