When you visit towns and villages in the Westfjords you will notice the avalanche barriers. They are there for a reason.
On the 16th of January 1995 a large avalanche fell on the small village of Súðavík. Fourteen people died that day. On the 26th of October 1995 an avalanche hit the small village of Flateyri. Twenty people lost their lives.
Because of these avalanches the government started a plan to protect towns and villages from avalanches wherever necessary and deemed suitable. Large avalanche barriers were built in Bolungarvík Town, the village of Flateyri, Ísafjörður Town and Patreksfjörður.
Some have criticized the enormous structures of mud and rocks, but those voices are almost silent today. The barriers work as planned and have saved lives.
As a side product the barriers are great for outdoor activities and sightseeing. In summertime the avalanche hills above Ísafjörður Town are crowded by tourists experiencing the great view.
We enjoy taking a walk along the barriers to experience the best of our hometown. It is good for the heart and soul to experience the fresh air and fantastic views from the avalanche barriers. The gigantic structures are an indispensable part of life in the Westfjords. Why not enjoy it?
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