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"Hofsˇs village with lovely columnar basalt." Top 5 Page for this destination North Iceland Things to Do Tip by Regina1965

North Iceland Things to Do: 57 reviews and 269 photos

  The "double" house.
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  • The "double" house. - North Iceland
      The "double" house.
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  • The oldest house Pakkhúsið "Warehouse" from 1777. - North Iceland
      The oldest house Pakkhúsið "Warehouse" from 1777.
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  • By the harbour. - North Iceland
      By the harbour.
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  • The new swimming pool at Hofsós. - North Iceland
      The new swimming pool at Hofsós.
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  • Staðarbjargarvík basalt columns. - North Iceland
      Staðarbjargarvík basalt columns.
    by Regina1965

Hofsós is a lovely little village in North-Iceland mid-way between the villages Sauðárkrókur and Siglufjörður with a population of ca 200 people. It is one of the oldest trading centers in Iceland dating back to the 16th century.

It is so worth a visit, don't pass it by if you are driving in this area - it used to be one of the oldest trading centers in Iceland with lovely renovated old tar-coated houses by the harbour. So it actually feels like you are stepping back in time when you go down the hill to the harbour. One of these houses dates back from 1777 and that is old by Icelandic standard :D

There is also an interesting museum called Vesturfarasetrið by the harbour or "The Icelandic Emigration Center" - which tells the story of the people who left Iceland - yes, a lot of Icelanders got fed up with the hardship here in Iceland and packed in in the 19th century and decided on leaving Iceland to start a new life in Canada. The same is happening now in my country, for different reasons though, now it is financial hardship that is causing the nation to flock abroad to look for a better life.

There is a strange looking house in Hofsós, which we call the "double" house as on one side it looks like two different houses painted in different colours. This house is a popular motif here in Iceland.

There is a beautiful cove in Hofsós called Staðarbjargarvík with amazing columnar basalt. You can walk down to it and there were some local people fishing there when I was visiting.

At Hofsós is a brand-new swimming pool donated to the village by benefactors 2 business women.

Directions: Drive on road 76 in Skagafjörður and turn left on road 784 for Hofsós village. It is 38 km away from Sauðárkrókur village.

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  • Updated Mar 10, 2015
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Comments (2)

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2016 at 3:40 AM

    Ah yes I too am concerned that maraudţng Vikings might have stolen part of the Giants Causeway in passing!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Apr 23, 2016 at 11:12 AM

      Yes, they are quite similar to the Giants Causeway - there are several places with beautiful basalt columns in Iceland - this is kind of hidden away.

  • Durfun's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    You sure the Viking marauders did not nick our basalt blocks from Giant's Causeway??? I think they did....

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Dec 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Yes, they sure look alike, the basalt columns here and in Giant´s Causeway :)


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