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Hofsós

Hofsós is a small community lying on the east of Skagafjörður fiord. In days gone by this was the main service centre for the region and is one of the oldest trading posts in Iceland still in existence.

Here you can see an old log building, Pakkhúsið, a warehouse dating from the times of the Danish trade monopoly (1602-1787). Another old building, which has newly been renovated, houses yet another museum which is well worth a visit - the Icelandic Emigration Center - which tells the story of Icelandic emigrants to North America.

The restaurant Sólvík offers refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere. There is a camping site by the primary school and also a guesthouse. On 27 March 2010 a new and impressive swimming pool was opened at Hofsós. The new swimming pool and its surroundings are beautifully constructed. The pool itself is situated on the sea shore, to the south of the village and above Staðarbjargarvík. It is so designed that when one swims from south to north, the surface of the pool and the surface of the ocean below appear to merge, and the swimmer seems to be setting a course straight for the island of Drangey.

On Midsummer's Day a festival is held at Hofsós.

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

565,566

Population

185

Travel directory for Hofsós

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Others

The Old Warehouse
Museums
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 530-2200, 453-7935
Geislautgerdin ehf.
Tour Operators
  • Austurgata 14
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 894-2881
Chapel at Gröf
Museums
  • Skagafjörður
  • 566 Hofsós
  • 453-8373

Others

Veitingastofan Sólvík
Restaurants
  • Sólvík
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 861-3463, 453-7930
History and Culture
The Icelandic Emigration Center

During the years 1870-1914 one out of every five Icelanders fled the country to escape the poor conditions in Iceland. The Icelandic Emigration Center at Hofsós is an impressive museum telling the story of those who set off west to make a new life in a different country. There is also a genealogical information and educational centre, a conference room, a library and a shop.

North Iceland

Towns & Villages

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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