Geothermal swimming pools and springs
Going to a swimming pool is a traditionally Icelandic way for weary travellers to relax. During the summer season, the Skagafjörður region offers a total of seven swimming pools. Of these, the Sauðárkrókur, Hofsós and Varmahlíð pools stay open year-round. The other pools are located at Steinsstaðir, Bakkaflöt, Hólar and Sólgarðar. All seven places offer the opportunity of sitting in a traditional hot tub at the end of a pleasant day in Skagafjörður.
There are several naturally warm bathing springs, of which Grettislaug, named after the saga hero Grettir, is the most famous. Rocks have been piled in recent years to form tubs at the seashore where Grettir is thought to have bathed after his feat of swimming there from Drangey island. This summer, 2010, another rock tub is to be built near Reykjarfoss waterfall, using the spring where the Ásbirningar and Haukdælir leaders planned their combat strategies for confronting the Sturlungs at Örlygsstaðir.