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Hofn
Travel Guide

Hofn showing general coastal views, mist or fog and mountains

Enjoy the excellent views of a lagoon and a glacial mountain from this quaint harbor town on the country’s eastern coast.

The fishing village of Höfn is among the largest settlements in eastern Iceland, which is reflected in its array of intriguing museums. It is where you will see a large lagoon of fresh water from the melted ice of a glacier. Gaze up at the snow-capped mountains and vast rivers that enhance the dramatic scenery around the harbor.

Höfn is one of the best bases for trips to see the Vatnajökull Glacier. Stop at the Höfn Visitor Centre, which is also the Vatnajökull National Park visitor center, to plan a visit to the glacier and learn about the region.

In addition to the town’s inspiring scenery, its cultural aspects make it stand out. Visit the Hornafjörður Art Museum to see a collection of works by internationally renowned Höfn artist Svavar Guðnason. The collection includes landscape paintings of Iceland’s impressive glaciers, lakes and mountains.

Go to the Gamlabúð Folk Museum to learn about Icelandic life at the turn of the 20th century. Huldusteinn is home to a fascinating collection of rocks from the nearby terrain, including crystal, jasper, spar and many other types.

After visiting museums and handicrafts stalls, take a tour of the Lónsöræfi Nature Reserve. Hike through the stunning canyons and cross the shallow rivers in a jeep.

Try the town’s renowned lobster dishes at one of the restaurants dotted around the harbor. Fishing is the main economic activity in the region.

The weather is fairly windy and the area is among the driest parts of Iceland. The town’s name is pronounced as “Herpn” and means “Harbor.”

Höfn lies on the eastern coast of Iceland, just to the east of the Vatnajokull National Park, and is part of the Hornafjörður municipality. Fly from Reykjavik to Höfn Airport, a small domestic transportation hub outside of the town. A bus from Reykjavik takes 9 hours to reach Höfn.

In the low desert, Höfn displays some of Iceland’s most picturesque natural features.

Seljavellir Guesthouse
Seljavellir Guesthouse
3 out of 5
Seljavellir, Vatnajokull, Hofn
The price is £117 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Situated in Hofn, this guesthouse is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Silfurnes Golf Course and within 6 miles (10 km) of Hornafjordur Art Museum and Huldusteinn Stone Museum. ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (271 reviews)
"Very nice, quiet, and great value. Didn't try the breakfast which was an extra charge."

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2021

Seljavellir Guesthouse
Ekra
Ekra
3.5 out of 5
Reynivellir 2, Hofn
The price is £171 per night from 26 Jun to 26 Jun
Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vatnajökull National Park and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. The Thorbergur Center is 1.7 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (11 reviews)
"The location of the property was breathtaking! Directly behind the property were mountains with waterfalls. We were able to hear the waterfall with the windows open. The bathroom was beautiful! Comfortable beds."

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2021

Ekra
Hali Country Hotel
Hali Country Hotel
3 out of 5
Hali 2, Vatnajokull, Hofn
The price is £173 per night from 26 Jun to 26 Jun
Situated by the sea, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from The Thorbergur Center and 4 mi (6.4 km) from Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Fjallsárlón is 14.9 mi (24 km) ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (483 reviews)
"Beautiful and simple hotel(motel) in a scenic setting , 10 min away to the Glacier Lagoon."

Reviewed on 4 Jun 2021

Hali Country Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Ártún Apartment - In Hofn
Ártún Apartment - In Hofn
3.5 out of 5
Unnamed Rd, Hofn, Southern Region
The price is £127 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Situated in Hofn, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Silfurnes Golf Course, Vestrahorn and Hornafjordur Art Museum. Huldusteinn Stone Museum ...
Ártún Apartment - In Hofn
Aurora Cabins
Aurora Cabins
3 out of 5
Hafnavegur, Hofn, South Iceland
The price is £183 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Situated in Hofn, this cabin is within 3 miles (5 km) of Silfurnes Golf Course, Vestrahorn and Hornafjordur Art Museum. Huldusteinn Stone Museum is 2.8 mi (4.5 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (46 reviews)
Spacious with excellent finishing touches
"Spacious cabin with better finishes and touches than most other cabins. Only 6 minutes away from town yet away from the town lights to be able to enjoy the northern lights if they are out (ignoring vehicle headlights from the major road running by). It was quiet and the lovely balcony must be very ..."

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2020

Aurora Cabins
Díma Studio Apartments
Díma Studio Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Víkurbraut 2, Hofn, Hornafjörður
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Huldusteinn Stone Museum and Hornafjordur Art Museum. Silfurnes Golf Course and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (16 reviews)
"Easy check in and out instruction. Big bathroom. Modern decor."

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2019

Díma Studio Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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