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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$749 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Golden Circle, Northern Lights 3-Day Tour

ItineraryDay 1: The Golden CircleStop At: Thingvellir National Park, Thingvellir, South RegionÞingvellir Duration: 1 hourStop At: Geysir Hot Springs, Geysir, South RegionGeysir Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Gullfoss, Blaskogabyggd, South RegionGullfossDuration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: IncludedDay 2: The South Coast and Glacier HikingStop At: Seljalandsfoss, South RegionSeljalandsfoss Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Skogafoss, Skogar, South RegionSkógafossDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Solheimajokull Glacier, Vik, South RegionGlacier hikingDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Reynisfjara Beach, Vik, South RegionReynisfjaraDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Skaftafell National Park, Vatnajokull National Park, East RegionSkaftafell Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Glacier Lagoon, Jokulsarlon, East RegionJökulsárlón Duration: 1 hourStop At: Diamond Beach, Jokulsarlon, East RegionDiamond BeachDuration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: IncludedDay 3: The Ice caves and return to ReykjavíkStop At: Vatnajokull Glacier, Vatnajokull National Park, East Regionice cavingDuration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$1549.33 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.

$188.39 Kid Friendly

Luxury Super Jeep Tour from Höfn | Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach & Secret Glacier

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Glacier Lagoon - Jokulsarlon, Jokulsarlon, East RegionBe mesmerised by the giant floating ice bergs in the lagoon that falls from the largest glacier in Europe. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Vatnajokull Glacier, Vatnajokull National Park, East RegionGet up-close and personal with the largest glacier in Europe as you go on a hike onto the glacier.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Diamond Beach, Jokulsarlon, East RegionBe sparkled by the thousands of "Diamonds" littering the black sand beach.Duration: 30 minutes

$593.70 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Private Day Tour - Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach & Secret Glacier (incl. flight)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Glacier Lagoon - Jokulsarlon, Jokulsarlon, East RegionBe mesmerised by the giant floating ice bergs in the lagoon that falls from the largest glacier in Europe. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Vatnajokull Glacier, Vatnajokull National Park, East RegionTake part in Glacier Hiking on the largest glacier in Europe.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Diamond Beach, Jokulsarlon, East RegionBe sparkled by the thousands of "Diamonds" littering the black sand beach.Duration: 30 minutes

$552 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

ItineraryDay 1: The South CoastStop At: Seljalandsfoss, South RegionSeljalandsfoss Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Skogafoss, Skogar, South RegionSkógafossDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Reynisfjara Beach, Vik, South RegionReynisfjara Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Glacier Lagoon, Jokulsarlon, East RegionJökulsárlón Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Ice CavingStop At: Vatnajokull Glacier, Vatnajokull National Park, East Region Ice caving under Europe’s largest glacier, VatnajökullDuration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$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.