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 glacier. During the summer months boat rides are offered in the lagoon. All year round curious seals bask on the blue-tinted icebergs.
How to get to Hofn
Hofn is at a 455km distance east from Reykjavik. From there, driving on the ring road straight to Hofn takes approximately five and a half hours.
Airline Eagle Air also offers daily flights from Reykjavik airport to Hofn, and vice versa.
GPS: 64.249703 N, -15.202008 W
Things to do in Hofn
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.
There are plenty of services available in Hofn, 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.
The lobster festival
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 restaurants throughout the region. Make sure you visit one and try the langoustine, it’s worth it.
Furthermore, a lobster festival is in the last weekend of June each summer. It is a lively festival with various programs for the whole family – lobster being in the star role, of course.
Hofn population: 2.187 (Jan 1, 2017)