Höfn í Hornafirði
More usually known simply as Höfn (pronounced a bit like ‘Hup’), this is a rare and precious harbour in Southeast Iceland, where the coastline does not usually allow for the landing of boats. As a result, Höfn is a famous fishing town known for its lobsters and its bacalão (called saltfiskur in Icelandic).
From the visitor’s point-of-view though, Höfn is most famous for Vatnajökull and the Vatnajökull National Park. The town is right in the shadow of Europe’s largest glacier and is the major, definitive Vatnajökull visitor base. The town’s sandy coastline, its sea view, its harbour, and its view of the glacier are all exceptional and make for an extremely pleasant place to stay for a day or three.
And while you’re there, there are plenty of people and companies just itching to help you get to know their overbearing icy neighbour. Höfn is a great place to browse and book glacier tours on foot, snowmobile, super jeep, boat and even helicopter.
Check out the local folk museum and the glacier exhibition, and be sure to throw yourself headlong into the raucous lobster festival, if you happen to be there in early July!
The small town of Höfn is one of very few urban areas in the South and has a good selection of places to eat and drink; but life here is undeniably slow-paced. A lot of people like that most of all about the town. That and the views. And the lobster…