As promised in my previous post, I’ll be sharing with you my week in Hofsós.
I gotta say, during my two weeks of exploring Iceland, this part of t he journey was really a week of relaxing and rewinding. We barely did anything other than going out to shoot during the day and trying to catch the Northern Lights at night. When you’re exploring Iceland, you have to include the chasing of Northern Lights.
Hofsos is a quiet town, with only about 200 locals. It is one of the oldest trading ports in Northern Iceland dating back to the 16th century. The tiny village Hofsós in the Northern Region in Iceland was a rather busy trading post in the 17th and 18th century, but despite the merchant activities this small village did not develop into a larger village or a town in the 20th century. In summer, this town comes alive with tourists, hikers and locals who have summer homes there.
Hofsos is so picturesque, with so many amazing areas to shoot amazing photos. Everyday looks different because of the weather. Some days the town has a more gloomy, dramatic look to it, thanks to the snow. Other days, when the sun is out, it is like a winter wonderland.
We visited a famous thermal bath in Hofsos. The Hofsós swimming pool is quite simply magnificent. It is designed by the same architect responsible for the famous Blue Lagoon. It may not be Olympic size, but because it has been built into the hillside above the sea, the views over to Drangey are breathtaking. Come rain or shine, the vista from the pool is a combination of marvelous different shades of blue; the clear blue color of the swimming pool itself, the green blue sea, the dark blue of the islands and mountains in the distance, and finally the blueness of the sky on a clear day.
was a gift to the town by two heiresses who live in the area – of the Hagkaup and BYKO fortunes, respectively. Rather than building private pools at their own residences they decided to finance the construction of a pool in the town, for everyone to enjoy. The Hofsós swimming pool is not strictly an infinity pool, but the impression you get as you swim in the geothermal waters is that you’re right next to the sea’s edge. Definitely worth a visit.
So, if you’re exploring Iceland, make sure to visit this quaint little town.
Stay tuned for my last Iceland blog post next week…