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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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Þröstur Þór Ágústsson
Tour Operators
  • Jökulsárlón
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 866-3490
Ríki Vatnajökuls
Day Tour Provider
  • Litlabrú 2
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 470-8080
Blue Iceland
Day Tours
  • Reynivellir
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 694-1200
Ice And Mountain Trips
Tour Operators
  • Vesturbraut 9
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 846-6315
Arctic Guides
Tour Operators
  • Silfurbraut 21
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 863-9600
Marina Travel
Tour Operators
  • Hólabraut 20
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 857-8726
Local Icelander
Day Tours
  • Álaugarvegi 2
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 867-7325
Ferðafélag Austur-Skaftfellinga
Travel Agency
  • Hlíðartún 29
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 868-7624
Hornhestar
Day Tours
  • Horn 1
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 868-4042
Ice Cave In Iceland
Tour Operators
  • Holtsendi
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
Ice Cave Guides
Tour Operators
  • Jökulsárlón
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 866-3490
Arnanes
Farm Holidays
  • Árnanes
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1550, 896-6412
South East Iceland
Day Tours
  • Kirkjubraut 55
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 866-2318
Ice Lagoon
Tour Operators
  • Uppsalir 1
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 860-9996
Niflheimar
Day Tour Provider
  • Breiðabólsstaður
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 863-4733
IceHover
Day Tours
  • Hala Suðursveit
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 821-9598
Hornafjörður Cultural Center
Museums
  • Litlabrú 2, Nýheimar
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 470-8050, 478-1500
Glacier Trips
Tour Operators
  • Hafnarbraut 1
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 779-2919, 866-4042
Háfjall - stepman
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Dynjandi
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 894-4251
Hornafjörður Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Dalbraut
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-2197

Others

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

Others

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
Kaffi Hornid
Restaurants
  • Hafnarbraut 42
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-2600
Íshúsið Pizzeria Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Heppuvegur 2a
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1230
Smyrlabjörg country hotel
Hotels
  • Suðursveit
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1074
Guesthouse Seljavellir
Guesthouses
  • Seljavellir
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 845-5801
Hafnarbúðin
Restaurants
  • Ránarslóð 2a
  • 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1095
Arnanes Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Árnanes
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1550
Arnanes
Farm Holidays
  • Árnanes
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1550, 896-6412
Joklasel
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Jöklasel
  • 781 Höfn í Hornafirði
  • 478-1000, 894-3133
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.

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.

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