Drangsnes is a small fishing village in the western part of Iceland close to the small town Hólmavík. The chief source of income for the few residents in Drangsnes is the industry of fish processing although however , there is also a small shop in the town, post office and of late there has been a steady increase in the growth of the tourism sector especially during the summer.
The fishing village of Drangsnes can be found at the mouth of the Steingrímsfjörður fjord, in the Westfjords of Iceland.
Drangsnes is part of the Kaldrananeshreppur municipality, with the village of Hólmavík as its closest neighbour.
The region itself takes its name from a rock called Kerling, whom locals say was once a troll woman, turned to stone for attempting to break the Westfjords from the rest of Iceland.
The town of Dragsnes is a thriving metropolis of 67 people. It’s located along a curvy cliff.
The tiny town that is right in the middle of nowhere boasts of a great view as well as warm medicinal water Just outside of the coastline of Drangsnes is Grímsey island.
Legend has it that Grímsey was formed by one of the three troll women who tried to separate the Westfjords from the rest of Iceland. The trolls could not find shelter from the sun during dawn so they turned into rocks. One of them are located in Drangsnes, a tall rock called Kerling.
There is a sign by the rock where you can read more about this story. It is possible to take a boat ride to Grímsey but the island is rich of bird life including the puffins and fulmars.
Once you get to your destination, you will notice that there are two small white buildings and a little gravel parking area in front of them .From there it is only a short distance to the hot pots.
The village has three, public-use hot tubs located on the shoreline. There is no direct signage, and the tubs rest a few metres below the nearest road, making them a little difficult to locate.
Once they’re found, however, visitors can soak themselves, indulge in natures finest natural therapy as they take in the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of Iceland’s incredible mountainscapes and fjord-side views.
All of the hot tubs are heated by a natural geothermal spring that flows just beneath them. One pool is kept fairly cool, while the other two heat up progressively.
The temperature of the pool is well balanced and hence the pool can be entered by children however it is advisable that they do so under the supervision of an adult.
Due to the fact that Drangsnes has such a small population the hot pools have become a favourite amongst tourists and locals alike for viewing Northern Lights in the dead of winter.
To the north of Drangsnes, visitors can access a long and winding road that takes them out into true, wild beauty.
There are no amenities on this route, but the journey is worth it for the sheer spectacle of the sights of themselves.
Dramatic, rocky escarpments and beautiful coastal bays are prevalent throughout the route. This is also the opening setting for the saga Njálss.
The campsite is close to grocery stores, swimming pool and a restaurant.
It is possible to sail from Drangsnes to Grimsey island.
A community center, with seating for 120 people, is by the campsite and it’s possible to rent it.If you are looking for some peace and quiet Drangsnes is the place to go.
You can find good accommodation there with view over the fjord, camping area, a good swimming pool and even better there are hot tubs located at the shore where the locals relax after a busy day and enjoy the beautiful view
- 4×4 or normal car: You can still get there with a regular car, but it’s more and more demanding. The terrain might be challenging to novices but it is navigable
- Opening hours: It is open throughout the day
- Lifeguard: There is no need for a lifeguard
- Prices: It’s free of charge but tips are encouraged
- Parking: Parking at Drangsness is free.
- Time; 1st of May – 1st of November
- Food: there are basic amenities near the pool, but you are free to bring something to eat and drink with you.
- Visit with children: The site is family oriented it is possible to take children
- Changing rooms:The changing rooms areclean and wellmaintained.
- Showers and toilets: There are clean showers and toilets.
- Footwear: When you are planning to visit . There is no need for excessive preparations hiking boots are advised however incase one wants to explore the environment.