The lovely town of Hofn in Hornafjordur is dominated by Europe’s biggest glacier, Vatnajokull, which towers over this region and has immensely affected the landscape. The most bewitching site in the area is the mystical Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with immense floating icebergs that have broken off from the descending glacier tongue of Breidamerkurjokull.

During the summer months boat rides are offered in the lagoon and year round curious seals can be seen basking on the blue-tinted icebergs.

Hofn offers an excellent glacier exhibition and adventure activities abound in ATV riding, and glacier exploration of all kinds. Southeast Iceland is one of the few places to see wild reindeer roaming the countryside.

The region has always relied on the fishing industry to support the local economy and Hofn is known as the ‘Lobster Capital of Northern Europe.’ Fresh langoustine lobster is the pride of menus in reataurants throughout the region and should not be missed.

There are plenty of services available, including hotels, camping sites, restaurants, shops, swimming pools, golf courses, marked hiking trails and various museums, such as a maritime museum, a stone collecton, two national park visitor centres and the centre of the beloved Icelandic writer Thorbergur Thordarson.


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