Vöðlavík

East, Iceland
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Along the coastline of the east fjords lies a pure oasis, Vöðlavík. This small bay is characterised by its striking features: a black sand beach contrasting with towering mountains on both sides. The bay offers seclusion, with only a few scattered cabins around the area. The black sand beach, in particular, is a unique highlight, with its dark colour creating a striking visual contrast against the deep blue waters of the sea. The mountains encircling the bay add an imposing and awe-inspiring dimension to the landscape. A fairly large landlocked lagoon is situated between the green fields of the bay and the mighty Atlantic Ocean by a thin beach strip. Driving to this location is also an experience, as the rough gravel road winds down a moor with a breathtaking view of the bay ahead.

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Accessibility

The road to this location is a narrow one-lane mountain road, winding down from a moor to the bottom of the bay. It is not serviced during the winter months. You can drive a 4x4 down to the beach.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Bad phone coverage
Poor phone coverage with frequent interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

The nearest hospital is in Norðfjörður, 48 km away. Both Reyðarfjörður and Eskifjörður are close to this location and there you have all your basic services and more
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 50 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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You need a two-way permit.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit

Basecamp and facilities

There is a medium size gravel lot on the moor on the way down, for a panoramic shot of the location. Below stands a cabin from the Iceland Touring Association with basic facilities and good space for a large base camp. From the cabin, the distance to the beach is 3.5 kilometres. By the beach are areas that could be used for a tech base and for offloading. There is no phone coverage at the beach but average around the bay.

Risk factors

Working in the sand can be tiresome and difficult. The waves can be treacherous. There is no winter service for the road.

Visitors

This location is a low tourist attraction.

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