Bolafjall

Westfjords, Iceland
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Bolafjall is a mountain plateau near the town of Bolungarvík, and stands at an elevation of approximately 638 metres above sea level. While it is not one of the highest peaks in Iceland, it offers impressive panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, second to none in the Westfjords. On a clear day, you can see across the fjord Djúpið and feast your eyes upon the dramatic Hornstrandir Peninsula. In the year 2022, an outstanding viewing platform of steel was built on the cliff of Bolafjall, providing unparallel views of the surrounding landscape and the harsh nature around. 250 metres further lies an old radar station, one of four in Iceland, built by the US Army in 1992 and now controlled by the Icelandic Coast Guard.

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Accessibility

The road leading up to the plateau is extremely scary, and winds up in a steep incline. On the top, however, it is easy to use 6-wheelers or your vehicle to drive to a desired viewing point. The road to the plateau is only open from June to early September.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Good phone coverage
Generally good phone coverage without any major interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Nearest hospital is in Ísafjörður, 26.5 km away in the Westfjords region.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 30 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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You need a three-way permit; from the Bolungarvík municipality, The Environmental Agency and the Icelandic Coast Guard.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

There is a medium parking lot just by the viewing platform. 250 meters away is the radar station with two more parking lots. There are no facilities at this location, but Bolungarvík municipality is planning on building a service centre and a museum in near future on top of the mountain.

Risk factors

The mountain is extremely steep and the cliffs nearly perfectly vertical. The mountain is notoriously windy. The road to this location is a gravel road, narrow and extremely steep winding up a steep hill.

Visitors

This location is a popular tourist place. With the right permit, you can close this location off if needed.

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