Hofn

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Hofn featuring mountains, general coastal views and mist or fog
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.

Fosshotel Vatnajokull
Fosshotel Vatnajokull
3 out of 5
Lindarbakki, Hofn, 781
The price is $107 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
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Milk factory
Milk factory
3 out of 5
Dalbraut 2, Hofn, 0780
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The price is $113 per night from Feb 23 to Feb 24
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Spacious Family Room
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Hotel Höfn
Hotel Höfn
3.5 out of 5
Vikurbraut 20, Hofn, 780
The price is $124 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
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4.2/5 Excellent! (343 reviews)
"Very nice hotel, great restaurant and Verne friendly staff. Room and bathroom are kind of small, but it seems like that’s a standard in Iceland."

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

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Aurora Cabins
Aurora Cabins
3 out of 5
Hafnavegur, Hofn, South Iceland, 781
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Hofn. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (62 reviews)
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Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

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Myllulækur
Myllulækur
3 out of 5
Myllulækur 10-12, Nesjahverfi, Hofn, Eastern Region, 781
Stay at this 3-star cottage in Hofn. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a patio. Popular attraction Silfurnes Golf Course is located nearby. Discover genuine ...
3.7/5 Good! (18 reviews)
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Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

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Skýjaborg Apartments
Skýjaborg Apartments
3 out of 5
Víkurbraut 2, Hofn, 0780
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4.1/5 Very Good! (27 reviews)
"Loved this apartment! So clean and beautiful"

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