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Oshlid

Region: Westfjords
Coordinates: 66.143047° N 23.221649° W

About Oshlid

Oshlid is the almost precipitous mountain slope between the villages Hnifsdalur and Bolungarvik in the Westfiord Area. The outermost part is called Oshyrna and below it are the mounds Osholar, where a replica of the old fishing outfit, Osvor, stands open to visitors, who want to see the living conditions of the fishermen past. Near the small museum is one of the many lighthouses of the Westfiords.

Before the road was built in 1949, the people had to travel on foot along the slope and support themselves by hand in two places. This was and still is a dangerous route because of falling stones, landslides and avalanches and has claimed many lives. In spite of all the modern safety measures, accidents still happen. At the most difficult and dangerous spot called Hald, a crucifix was erected with the inscription: “The Good God protect the passers by.”

The tunnel between the villages Hnifsdalur and Bolungarvik was opened for traffic on July 15, 2010.

Photo Credit: Visit Westjords

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