Hofsós in Skagafjörður

The swimming pool in Hofsós in Skagafjörður opened in 2010 and is an award-winning structure designed by Basalt Architects under the supervision of Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir. It’s not bad at all in good weather such as last night to lie on the pool’s edge and look over Skagafjörður towards Drangey Island. Although Hofsós is not a large town, with a population of 158 people, it can be said that every single town in Iceland has its own swimming pool. There are over 100 swimming pools in the country, most in the capital area, or 18. But the first concrete pool was built in Laugardalur in Reykjavík in 1908. The current swimming pool there, Laugardalslaugin, is the largest in the country. The country’s newest swimming pool is also in the capital area, but recreational bath resort Sky lagoon opened west of Kársnes in Kópavogur this May.

Hofsós 18/07/2021  20:21 35mm

Photograph and text: Páll Stefánsson