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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.

Top Hotels in Hofn

Lilja Guesthouse
Lilja Guesthouse
3.5 out of 5
Holabrekka, Hofn
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Situated in Hofn, this guesthouse is 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from Vatnajökull National Park and 11.7 mi (18.8 km) from Vatnajokull. Silfurnes Golf Course and Hornafjordur ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (336 reviews)

"great place with nice view of the glacier. please note in order to get the view and stay in the new building pictured you have to book a deluxe room or a Deluxe Double Room (Mountain & Glacier View) if you book an economy room you will stay in the older part of the hotel. easy late check in and breakfast ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Lilja Guesthouse
Hali Country Hotel
Hali Country Hotel
3 out of 5
Hali 2, Vatnajokull, Hofn
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥13,374 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5

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! (485 reviews)

"This place is spotless. Staff are really friendly. Location is great - loved it."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2020

Hali Country Hotel
Hotel Jökull
Hotel Jökull
3 out of 5
Nesjum, Hofn, South Iceland
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Situated in Hofn, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Silfurnes Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hornafjordur Art Museum and Huldusteinn Stone Museum. Vatnajökull ...

4.4/5Excellent! (241 reviews)
Great short stay.

"Lovely location, wonder breakfast. Great overnight stay."…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Hotel Jökull
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.

Vacation Rentals in Hofn

Aurora Cabins
Aurora Cabins
3 out of 5
Hafnavegur, Hofn, South Iceland
The price is ¥20,462 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10

Situated in Hofn, this cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Silfurnes Golf Course, Hornafjordur Art Museum, and Huldusteinn Stone Museum. Vatnajokull is 28.8 mi (46.4 ...

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 Feb 4, 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 is ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (18 reviews)
Enjoy comfort

"Perfect location and excellent accommodations."…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Díma Studio Apartments
Skýjaborg Apartments
Skýjaborg Apartments
3 out of 5
Víkurbraut 2, Hofn
The price is ¥12,770 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

Situated in Hofn, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huldusteinn Stone Museum and Hornafjordur Art Museum. Silfurnes Golf Course is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) ...

4.2/5Very Good! (16 reviews)
Nice, clean, great location

"Nice, clean studio apartment in a great location in Hofn. Recently renowated. Well equipped."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Skýjaborg 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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