There is a high risk of avalanches in many mountains in the Westfjords. Throughout the ages a lot of people have lost their lives in the Westfjords when the flow of snow falls down the steep hills. In the nineties avalanches in the villages of Sudavik and Flateyri killed tens of people.
Since then the Icelandic government has built avalanche protections in the high risk areas. In addition to protecting lives the protections are great for hiking and sightseeing. Some of the walls of the protections are high and steep and are also the best view points.