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Hornafjörður is a blooming community close to the biggest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull in the south eastern part of Iceland. The district's most densely populated area is Höfn. In this region you are located at the base of Vatnajökull, and the scenery is breathtaking. Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe, is situated in the community. In the last few decades tourism has grown enormously and has, in fact, become a major economic sector in the community. Diverse services are provided, including hotels, camping sites, restaurants, shops, swimming pools, golf courses, marked hiking trails and various museums, such as maritime museum, two national park visitor centres and the centre of the great writer Þórbergur Þórðarson.

Höfn's growth in the 20th century from a small village to today's town was a result of the development of a relatively diverse fishing industry. The landed catch is now more varied than in other fishing towns, including high-value species such as the Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus), but a good part of the Icelandic lobster catch is landed at Höfn. In recent years the town has promoted lobster as a central part of its image, for instance with a "lobster festival" that is held each summer. Höfn actually means harbour, though repeated dredging has proved necessary to keep the entrance of the harbour safe from sand deposits.

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HOFN
GPS Points N64° 15' 29.050" W15° 12' 28.904"
Postal codes

780,781

Population

2089

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Others

Háfjall
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Dynjandi
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 894-4251
Hornafjörður Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Dalbraut
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-2197
South East
Tour Operators
  • Kirkjubraut 55
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 866-2318
Blue Iceland
Tour Operators
  • Reynivellir
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 694-1200
Ferðafélag Austur-Skaftfellinga
Travel Agency
  • Hlíðartún 29
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 868-7624
Must Visit Iceland ehf.
Tour Operators
  • Uppsalir 1
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 860-9996
IceHover
Tour Operators
  • Hala Suðursveit
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 821-9598
Marina Travel
Tour Operators
  • Hólabraut 20
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 857-8726
Þröstur Þór Ágústsson
Tour Operators
  • Jökulsárlón
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 866-3490
Ice Cave In Iceland
Tour Operators
  • Holtsendi
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
Hornafjörður Cultural Center
Museums
  • Litlabrú 2, Nýheimar
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 470-8050, 478-1500
Arctic Guides
Tour Operators
  • Silfurbraut 21
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 863-9600
Arnanes - Riding Tours
Farm Holidays
  • Árnanes
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1550, 896-6412
Local Icelander
Tour Operators
  • Álaugarvegi 2
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 867-7325
Ice And Mountain Trips
Tour Operators
  • Vesturbraut 9
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 846-6315
Hornhestar
Tour Operators
  • Horn 1
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 868-4042
Ice Cave Guides
Tour Operators
  • Jökulsárlón
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 866-3490
Glacier Trips
Tour Operators
  • Hafnarbraut 1
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 779-2919, 866-4042

Others

Skálafell
Guesthouses
  • Suðursveit
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1041, 849-5454
Lilja Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hólabrekka 2
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 892-4088, 694-8050
Aurora Inn
Hostels
  • Dalbraut 4
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 864-1847
Reynivellir II
Cottages
  • Reynivellir 2
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 846-0641, 478-1905
Vagnsstaðir HI Hostel
Hostels
  • Suðursveit
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1048, 892-7048
Guesthouse Stekkatún
Farm Holidays
  • Skálafell 2
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 474-1255
Hlíðartún 1
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hlíðartún 1
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
Biddy´s Bed and Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hæðagarður 6
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1737
Nýpugarðar
Guesthouses
  • Nýpugarðar
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 893-1826, 845-5885
Hotel Edda Höfn
Hotels
  • Ránarslóð 3
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 444-4850
Kálfafellstaður bed and breakfast
Farm Holidays
  • Kálfafellstaður
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-8881, 898-2427
House On The Hill
Guesthouses
  • Fiskhóll 11
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1234
Brekka Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Lón
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 849-3589, 478-1716
Joklasel
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Jöklasel
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1000, 894-3133
Bogaslóð 6
Bed & Breakfast
  • Bogaslóð 6
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
Skýjaborg Apartments
Apartments
  • Vikurbraut 2
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
Dalbraut 8
Bed & Breakfast
  • Dalbraut 8
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 845-5730
Dilksnes
Farm Holidays
  • Dilksnes
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1920, 849-1920
Saudanes Tourist Service
Hostels
  • Sauðanes
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 893-5475
Guesthouse Hafnarnes
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarnes
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 844-6175
Guesthouse Seljavellir
Guesthouses
  • Seljavellir
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 845-5801
Haukafell
Camping
  • Mýrum
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
GST Guesthoue
Bed & Breakfast
  • Bjarnahól 9
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
Stafafell Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Lón
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1717
Glacier Inn
Hostels
  • Silfurbraut 40
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
Smyrlabjörg country hotel
Hotels
  • Suðursveit
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1074
Solgerdi
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hafnarbraut 20
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
laekjarhus
Farm Holidays
  • Borgarhöfn 5
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 867-0493
Guesthouse Hvammur
Guesthouses
  • Ránarslóð 2
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1503
Höfn Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarbraut 21
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 844-6038
Sunshine apartment
Bed & Breakfast
  • Bugðuleira 6
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
Höfn HI Hostel
Hostels
  • Hvannabraut 3
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1736, 864-2159
H17
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hæðagarður 17
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 846-5226
Vagnsstadir HI Hostel
Hostels
  • Suðursveit
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1048, 892-7048
Wellah Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hlíðartún 15
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 895-7927, 478-2174
Dýhóll
Bed & Breakfast
  • Dýhóll
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
Myllulaekur
Cottages
  • Myllulækur 12
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 570-8600
Guesthouse Dyngja
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarbraut 1
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 866-0702
Skolabru 3
Bed & Breakfast
  • Skólabrú 3
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 845-4592
Arnanes - Riding Tours
Farm Holidays
  • Árnanes
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1550, 896-6412
Sigurhæð Apartment
Apartments
  • Bogaslóð 4
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 849-5455
Haukaberg House
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hraunhóll 7
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
Hofn Inn
Guesthouses
  • Vesturbraut 3
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1544
House by the glacier
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hrísbraut 2
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði

Others

Joklasel
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Jöklasel
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1000, 894-3133
Íshúsið Pizzeria Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Heppuvegur 2a
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1230
Arnanes Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Árnanes
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1550
Midsker
Farm food direct
  • Miðsker, Nesjum í Hornafirði
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1124, 863-0924
Terían
Cafés
  • Litlabrú 2, Nýheimar
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-2579, 869 9340
Hafnarbúðin
Restaurants
  • Ránarslóð 2a
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1095
Guesthouse Seljavellir
Guesthouses
  • Seljavellir
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 845-5801
Kaffi Hornid
Restaurants
  • Hafnarbraut 42
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-2600
Smyrlabjörg country hotel
Hotels
  • Suðursveit
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1074
Arnanes - Riding Tours
Farm Holidays
  • Árnanes
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1550, 896-6412
Nature
Hoffell glacier

Driving or hiking north from Hoffell along the sands of Hoffellssandur you will enjoy the spectacular scenery of mountain slopes carved out by earlier glaciers. Along the way, there is also a borehole, constructed to extract geothermal water. Finally, you reach the ice of the glacier-tongue, Hoffellsjökull, skirted by the numerous hiking trails of the Geitafell mountain.

Along the sands of Hoffellssandur you will enjoy the spectacular scenery of mountain slopes carved out by earlier glaciers. Along the way, there is also a borehole, constructed to extract geothermal water. Finally, you reach the ice of the glacier-tongue, Hoffellsjökull, skirted by the numerous hiking trails of the Geitafell mountain.

Nature
Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon

The main lagoon measures about 7 square miles (20 km2) and until 1932 was covered in thick glacial ice. Then the glacier started to retreat, and nowadays more than 300 feet (100 m) of ice breaks away each year to reshape the lagoon and fill it with spectacular icebergs.

Jökulsárlón has been a part of the Vatnajökull National Park since 1017. The lagoon is open to the sea and so contains a mixture of salt and freshwater, giving it a unique blue-green color. There are hundreds of seals here in the winter and the lagoon supports many species of fish including krill, herring, trout and, occasionally, salmon.

South Iceland

Towns & Villages

The south of Iceland has several towns and villages, each with its own style, charm and points of interest. Selfoss is the largest town and has a variety of shops, services, many restaurants and fast food places. Most towns are close to the main route, making them accessible and enjoyable.

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Map Höfn Kirkjubæjarklaustur Vík Vestmannaeyjar Hvolsvöllur Flúðir Laugarvatn Reykholt Laugarás Borg Brautarholt Hveragerði Árnes Selfoss Hella Stokkseyri Eyrarbakki Þykkvibær Þórlákshöfn