Hofn

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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.

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Milk factory
3 out of 5
Dalbraut 2, Hofn
The price is $76 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
Situated in Hofn, this guesthouse is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Hornafjordur Art Museum.
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"From an easy check in from friendly staff through to a well appointed room and very nice breakfast this was a great night stop."

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2021

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Hotel Höfn
Hotel Höfn
3.5 out of 5
Vikurbraut 20, Hofn
The price is $136 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Situated in Hofn, this golf hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hornafjordur Art Museum, Huldusteinn Stone Museum, and Silfurnes Golf Course.
4.2/5 Excellent! (261 reviews)
"It is beautiful place. Everything was clean and the staff very helpful"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

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Hrafnavellir Guest House
Hrafnavellir Guest House
3.5 out of 5
Hrafnavellir í Lóni, Hornafjörður, Hofn, Southern Region
Situated by the ocean, this guesthouse is 11 mi (17.6 km) from Vestrahorn and within 20 mi (32 km) of Silfurnes Golf Course and Huldusteinn Stone Museum.
4.9/5 Exceptional! (162 reviews)
"Lovely place right off the ring road with the nicest hostess"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

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Aurora Cabins
Aurora Cabins
3 out of 5
Hafnavegur, Hofn, South Iceland
The price is $169 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Situated in Hofn, this cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Silfurnes Golf Course, Hornafjordur Art Museum, and Huldusteinn Stone Museum. Vestrahorn is 5.8 mi (9.3 ...
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Myllulækur
Myllulækur
3 out of 5
Myllulækur 10-12, Nesjahverfi, Hofn, Eastern Region
The price is $194 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 29
Situated in Hofn, this cottage is 10.7 mi (17.3 km) from Vestrahorn and 12.2 mi (19.7 km) from Vatnajokull.
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"The location of the cabin is superior"

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Hvammur Apartments
Hvammur Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Ránarslóð 2, Hofn
The price is $240 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 29
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huldusteinn Stone Museum and Hornafjordur Art Museum. Silfurnes Golf Course is 1.3 mi (2 ...
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"Kitchen is very outdated. TV doesn't work. The wardrobe is flimsy and feels like the trays can break anytime. There is also the smell of smoke in the bedroom. Some people were talking outside and we could almost hear every word."

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