Bolungarvík is the northernmost town on the Westfjords, standing near the outer edge of Ísafjarðardjúp deep. Fishing has been practiced here since the Settlement, and for centuries it was one of Iceland’s largest fishing stations. Trading, and therefore a permanent settlement, began in 1890. The community was made accessible by land in 1950 when the road over Óshlíð was opened. On the way into town a restored fishing hut reminds one of the old days. Exhibits at the Westfjords Natural History Museum include a polar bear.

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