Bolafjall Mountain

The road to Bolafjall Mountain is subject to strong winds

Bolafjall mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 615m (2,017ft) above the sea level, located in the Westfjords, a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland.

Located west of Bolungarvík Town, one of Iceland’s northernmost towns, the road to the summit is unpaved in pretty good conditions. It’s called 630. 4x4 vehicle recommended. The road is only open to tourists during the summer months, usually between late June and early September. You can drive up there with any car but the road is a little dangerous when you need to bypass another car or something. If you’re afraid of fog, don’t go at late hours because it might be scary to go down. The road is subject to strong winds. High winds blow here all year long. You need to do this drive on a clear day, as even just a bit of “weather” would seriously reduce visibility.

At the summit is a former US radar station known as Latrar Air Station now operated by the Icelandic Coast Guard. Built in 1992, it closed in 2006. The summit offers stunning views over the sea. As with many mountain roads it is steep (with sections up to 10%) without a lot of room to get over for other cars. Starting from the fishing town of Bolungarvik, the ascent is 8.9 km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 606 meters. The average gradient is 6.80% with some parts up to 12%.
Pic: Полина Носарева

 

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