Hofsós is a peaceful seaside village on the Eastern shore of Skagafjörður Fjord, with over 400 years of history.

The Hofsós Swimming Pool is fast becoming one of the best known pools in Iceland as well as the most popular tourist attraction in Skagafjörður. The pool is one of the most scenic eternity-pools in Iceland overlooking the island of Drangey and the fjord.  Located on the coast just below the swimming pool are the amazing basalt formations at Staðarbjargavík. It is said to have been the capital of the Skagafjörður elf population.

In Hofsós you will find the The Emigration Center, an exhibition about the mass migration of Icelanders to North America in the late 18th century, and few minutes from Hofsós you can step into the past and visit the old times at The Vintage Auto Museum.

Services in Hofsós include accommodation options, cosy restaurants, a grocery store, a fuel station, swimming pool and a campground.

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Hofsós
GPS Points N65° 53' 55.987" W19° 24' 33.221"
Postal codes

565,566

Population

185

Highlights in Hofsós

  • Staðarbjargarvík

    Not to be missed on the coast just below Hofsós are the amazing basalt formations at Staðarbjargavík. It is said to have been the capital of the Skagafjörður elf population. Good access to the area is from just below The Hofsós Swimming Pool.

  • Camping ground

  • Swimming pool

    The Hofsós Swimming Pool is fast becoming one of the best known pools in Iceland as well as the most popular tourist attraction in Skagafjörður. 

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Hofsstaðir
Farm Holidays
  • Hofsstaðir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6555, 898-6665, 849-6655
The Old Warehouse
Museums
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 530-2200, 453-7935
Brunastadir
Cottages
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1020, 869-1024
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Sólgarðar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 867-3164
Skagafjörður Archive
Libraries & Archives
  • Safnahúsið við Faxatorg
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-6075
Keldudalur
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hegranesi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6233
Chapel at Gröf
Museums
  • Skagafjörður
  • 566 Hofsós
  • 453-8373
Sauðárkrókur - Eagle Air
Domestic flights
  • Sauðárkróksflugvöllur
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 562-4200
Gimbur Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Reykjarhóll
  • 570 Fljót
  • 899-3183
The Tannery Visitor Centre
Exhibitions
  • Borgarmýri 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 512-8031
Safnahúsið - Museum
Museums
  • Faxatorg
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6640
Lynghorse
Day Tours
  • Lynghóll
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 868-7224
Blacksmith´s Workshop
Exhibitions
  • Suðurgata 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5389, 453-5020

Others

Lambanes-Reykir
Guesthouses
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljótum
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1020, 869-1024
The Old Post Office Holiday Apartments
Apartments
  • Kirkjutorg 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 892-3375
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Sólgarðar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 867-3164
Reykir Camping site
Camping
  • Reykir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 821-0090, 821-0091
Keldudalur
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hegranesi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6233
Glæsibær
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Skagafjörður
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 892-5530, 453-5530
Brennigerði
Bed & Breakfast
  • Brennigerði
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5521, 867-5575, 847-0579
Hofsstaðir
Farm Holidays
  • Hofsstaðir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6555, 898-6665, 849-6655
Gil
Bed & Breakfast
  • 453-6780, 849-6701
Deplar Farm
Hotels
  • Deplar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 349-7761
Gimbur Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Reykjarhóll
  • 570 Fljót
  • 899-3183
Hegranes Camping ground
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Félagsheimilið Hegranes
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 899-3231
Guesthouse at Trod
Cottages
  • Tröð
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5225, 860-4100
Brunastadir
Cottages
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1020, 869-1024
Kolkuos Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Kolkuós
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 861-3474

Others

KS Ketilási
Restaurants
  • Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1000
Veitingastofan Sólvík
Restaurants
  • Sólvík
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 861-3463, 453-7930
Gil
Bed & Breakfast
  • 453-6780, 849-6701
Blafell
Shopping
  • Skagfirðingabraut 29
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453 6666, 860 2088
Sauðárkróksbakarí
Cafés
  • Aðalgata 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-5000
Skagasel Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Hvalneslæk Skaga
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6740
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Sólgarðar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 867-3164
Olís Varmahlíð
Diners
  • Varmahlíð
  • 560 Varmahlíð
N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Ártorg 4
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-7070
KS Hofsós
Shopping
  • Suðurbraut 9
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 455-4692
Nature
Sauðárkrókur-Tindastóll Skiing Area

The ski area at Mt. Hlidarfjall lies at the bottom of one of the biggest fjords in Iceland surrounded by high mountains ranging from 1000 to 1538 meters over sea level. The ski area is 5 km above the town Akureyri. The area has 6 ski lifts, 23 alpine slopes and 15 km of cross country tracks, ski cafés, ski rental and a ski school. Snow production systems ensure a long season from end of November till beginning of May.

History and Culture
Hólar Cathedral

Hólar Cathedral is the oldest stone church in Iceland, constructed in 1763. The church is built with red sandstone from the mountain Hólabyrða. A number of historically important items are on display at the church.

The church tower is 27m long and stands beside the church. It was constructed on the 400-year anniversary of the death of the last Catholic Bishop of Iceland, Jón Arason.

Nature
Staðarbjargarvík

Not to be missed on the coast just below Hofsós are the amazing basalt formations at Staðarbjargavík. It is said to have been the capital of the Skagafjörður elf population. Good access to the area is from just below The Hofsós Swimming Pool.

Nature
Drangey

The rocky island Drangey in the middle of Skagafjordur is a flat topped mass of tuff, rising almost 200 meters out of the ocean. The cliffs serve as nesting sites for around million sea birds and have been used throughout Iceland´s history for egg collection and bird netting.

Grettis Saga recounts that both Grettir and his brother Illugi lived on Drangey, for three years and were slain there. The island can only be ascended at one spot.

Over the summer months, 20.May - 20.August, we offer daily trips to Drangey from Sauðárkrókur at 10:00 am.

There are no scheduled tours during the winter months, but tours can be arranged on request.

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Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

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