Welcome to Höfn


Höfn simply means ‘harbour’, and is pronounced like an unexpected hiccup (just say ‘hup’ while inhaling). It’s an apt name – this modern town still relies heavily on fishing and fish processing, and is famous for its humar (often translated as lobster, but technically it’s langoustine).

Most Ring Road travellers stop to use the town’s services, so prebook your accommodation, especially in summer. On bus timetables and the like, you may see the town referred to as Höfn í Hornafirði (meaning Höfn in Hornafjörður) to differentiate it from all the other höfn (harbours) around the country.


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$735 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Ice Cave Tour by Jokulsaron with Glacier Hiking, the Golden Circle and the Northern Lights

Join this 3-day tour for the ultimate winter adventure in Iceland, combining all the winter highlights of Iceland! Day 1:Journey along the south coast of the country, making stops at the renowned waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Walk behind and around,Seljalandsfoss waterfall for some fantastic photo opportunities. Delight in the walk all the way up to, and even to the top of Skógafoss waterfall. Next stop will be at the stunning, but dangerous, black beach of Reynisfjara. The surf here can be so awesome that it can easily carry people out to sea if not careful. Witness the forces of nature first hand as you admire the crashing waves on the impressive sea stacks and rows of basalt columns. From there head to Skaftafell, right next to Vatnajökull glacier. This is where you get your first encounter with this enormous glacier, by going on a short glacier hike. Following the glacier hike, you'll visit Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach. Gaze at the countless icebergs floating around in the lagoon and scattered along the beach in the early evening glow before heading to your accommodation in Hotel Höfn in the nearby town. The town of Höfn is famous for its seafood, and we recommend you try the lobster (own expense). Remember to look out for the northern lights during nighttime.Day 2:Begin your second day with the highlight of the whole tour, a visit inside a natural glacier ice cave, inside Vatnajökull glacier. Driving in a modified super jeep, get to explore the crystal blue ice on foot for 45 minutes. Included are crampons to cross the ice, but remember to pack good, waterproof boots. After your ice cave experience, drive back along the south coast towards Vík, where you'll spend your night at either Hotel Eyjafjallajökull or Hotel Katla, both named after nearby volcanoes. You'll get a second chance to look out for the stunning but elusive northern lights.Day 3:On your third and last day, drive to the Golden Circle that contains Iceland's most popular attractions. First have a stop at the thundering, 'golden' waterfall Gullfoss, considered by many to be Iceland's most beautiful waterfall. Make a stop at Geysir geothermal area, where there are plenty of hot springs and mud pools to admire, as well as an erupting geyser that goes off every few minutes. Lastly there's the Þingvellir national park, a UNESCO heritage site where you'll have time to soak in the surroundings and learn about the geological and historical significance of this location.You'll return to Reykjavík late in the evening after having witnessed the best of Iceland's winter attractions.

$1707.42 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Small-Group Adventure Tour Around Iceland from Reykjavik

Day 1: Reykjavik - Golden Circle - South CoastAfter a morning Reykjavik pickup, explore the famous Golden Circle, including the historical UNESCO-listed site of Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland’s first parliament was founded in 930 AD.Next, visit Geysir hot springs and magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, and continue to the beautiful south coast. Stop at the scenic Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss waterfalls, and finally, the unique black sand beach of  Reynisfjara with Reynisdrangar peaks and basalt column cave.Afterwards, make your way to a your accommodation for the night, a country hotel in Vik area.Day 2: Vik - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon - HofnTravel along the south coast towards Skaftafell and Vatnajokull National Park. In Skaftafell, take a short glacier hike on one of the Vatnajokull outlet glaciers led by a skilled glacier guide. Then, drive to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, home to floating icebergs and occasional seals. Nearby is a black sand crystal beach usually filled with clear icebergs.Spend the evening and overnight in the town of Hofn.Day 3: Höfn - Egilsstadir - Hengifoss areaStart with a scenic drive along the coastline of the eastern fjords to Egilsstadir. Here, enjoy a short hike to the 419-feet (128-meter) Hengifoss waterfall, which gushes into a beautiful gorge.Afterward, check in at a cozy country hotel for the night.Day 4: Hengifoss area - Lake Myvatn - AkureyriStop at the stunning Dettifoss waterfall and then head to the Lake Myvatn area. Explore the volcanic Namaskard geothermal area to see its mud pools and visit Myvatn Nature Baths, where you have the opportunity to bathe in the hot spring pools or stroll around the area. The entrance fee to the baths is not included but can be added as an extra.Call at Hverfjall and Dimmuborgir to explore on foot, and drive toward Akureyri with a stop on route at Godafoss waterfall. Tonight, stay in a country hotel nearby Akureyri. Day 5: Akureyri - Eyjafjordur - West Iceland area (B)Explore the town of Akureyri and then take a 3-hour whale watching cruise in Eyjafjordur, looking for humpback whales and white-beaked dolphins, and trying some optional sea angling.Then, travel along the Trollaskagi peninsula and visit the quaint village of Siglufjorður before continuing to west Iceland for overnight.Day 6: West Iceland area - Deildartunguhver - Reykholt - ReykjavikToday, explore west Iceland, voted one of the best destinations for 2016 by Lonely Planet. Stop at Deildartunguhver and the Barnafoss waterfall and pause to see Hraunfossar, where the falls flow from beneath the lava field.Your final stop is at the historic site of Reykholt before you return to Reykjavik, where your tour concludes.

$45623.31 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Tour from Hofn - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach & Secret Glacier

Enjoy a complimentary pick up from Hornafjörður airport or any hotel in Höfn between 9am to 10am in the morning. On the way to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, your guide will share with you a little more about Iceland. Be mesmerized by the beauty and magnificence of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon as you listen to the splashes when an Iceberg breaks off the glacier and falls into the lagoon. After a light lunch at glacier lagoon cafe (own cost), your guide will lead you to the Diamond Black Sand Beach where thousands of "Diamonds" litter the coal-black sand. The highlight of the day will be the secret glacier where you will be awed by mother nature. Get up-close and personal with the largest glacier in Europe and be amazed. At the end of the day, you will be dropped off at Hornafjörður airport or any hotel in Höfn.

$829.51 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Tour - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach & Secret Glacier (include return flight from Reykjavik)

Board an early flight from Reykjavik domestic airport. Start your day watching the sunrise on your flight from Reyjkavik to Hofn. Be awed as the sunlight light up the mountains and glaciers on this out-of-the-world landscape. Enjoy a complimentary pick up from Hornafjörður airport at 10.30am in the morning. On the way to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, your guide will share with you a little more about Iceland. Be mesmerized by the beauty and magnificence of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon as you listen to the splashes when an Iceberg breaks off the glacier and falls into the lagoon. After a light lunch at glacier lagoon cafe (own cost), your guide will lead you to the Diamond Black Sand Beach where thousands of "Diamonds" litter the coal-black sand. The highlight of the day will be the secret glacier where you will be awed by mother nature. Get up-close and personal with the largest glacier in Europe and be amazed. At the end of the day, you will be dropped off at Hornafjörður airport for your flight back to Reykjavik.

$545 Cultural & Theme Tours

2-Day Crystal Ice Cave and South Coast Experience from Reykjavik

Join this 2 day tour for the ultimate winter adventure in Iceland, combining all the winter highlights of Iceland. Day 1: On your first day you'll journey along the south coast of the country, making stops at the renowned waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. You'll be able to walk behind, and around, Seljalandsfoss waterfall for some fantastic photo opportunities and you can walk all the way up to, and even to the top of Skógafoss waterfall. Your next stop will be at the stunning, black beach of Reynisfjara. The surf here can be so awesome that it can easily carry people out to sea if they're not careful. At the same time, you'll witness the forces of nature first hand as you admire the crashing waves on the impressive sea stacks and rows of basalt columns.The highlight of the first day is Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach. You'll be able to gaze at the countless icebergs floating around in the lagoon and scattered along the beach in the early evening glow before heading to your accommodation in Hotel Höfn in the nearby town. The town of Höfn is famous for its seafood, and it is recommended you try the lobster. Remember to look out for the northern lights during nighttime. Overnight: Hotel Hofn Day 2: The second day begins with the highlight of the whole tour, a visit inside a natural glacier ice cave, inside Vatnajökull glacier. You'll be driven there in a modified super jeep, and then you'll get to explore the crystal blue ice on foot for 45 minutes. You'll be given crampons to cross the ice, but remember to pack good, waterproof boots! After your ice cave experience you'll be driven back along the south coast towards Vík and finish your trip in Reykjavík in the evening.

$199 Outdoor Activities

4-Hour Small-Group Skálafellsjökull Glacier Super Jeep Tour

Meet your guide at either 9, 10.00, 14.00 or 15.00 and depart from Flatey á Mýrum | Gps: 64.258512, -15.584893, which is located between Jökulsárlón and Höfn. The vehicles used for your tour are custom built and are the largest vehicles in Iceland. Every luxury Jeep includes a professional driver, who will manage the mountain roads and a glacier trained guide, who will provide some of the most interesting facts about the area. Sit back and enjoy the undeniably beautiful view that mountain road F985 provides. Glacier valley Sultartungnagil has been the setting for several Hollywood productions such as Batman, Lara Croft, The Secret life of Walter Mitty, and Game of Thrones. Several stops will be made during the tour for explanations from the guide as well as for photo shoots. Continue on through the glacier outlet Skálafellsjökull for a privileged view of Vatnajökul before reaching Brókartíndur. Upon arrival, your tour will stop so that you may fully take in the amazing landscape that the peak provides. This tour is suitable for all ages over 5 years old and for all physical conditions. Please note: there is no hiking involved during the tour.