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Hofsˇs is a lovely little village in North-Iceland mid-way between the villages Saußrkrˇkur and Siglufj÷rur 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 Vesturfarasetri 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 Hofsˇs, 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 Hofsˇs called StaarbjargarvÝk with amazing columnar basalt. You can walk down to it and there were some local people fishing there when I was visiting.
At Hofsˇs is a brand-new swimming pool donated to the village by benefactors 2 business women.
Directions: Drive on road 76 in Skagafj÷rur and turn left on road 784 for Hofsˇs village. It is 38 km away from Saußrkrˇkur village.
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