This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Höfn í Hornafirði. To help you make friends with Höfn í Hornafirði before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Höfn í Hornafirði (Höfn), Iceland, is one of the largest town centres along the southern coast of Iceland. It originally was a fairly small town, but it grew in size after having a port established for trading. For the most part, the main road that goes into the town comes back out in a circular manner so it is difficult to get lost here. There are quite a number of petrol stations here for you to fill up the car if you're driving and one even has free Wi-Fi. The town will have most of the things that you need and the Höfn í Hornafirði (Höfn), Iceland hostels are within a short distance of everything you will need here.
It is worth a stop in at the Visitor's Centre. They have a stack of information on things to do in the area and they also have an interesting exhibit on bird life in the area. There is a video they play as well on tourism in Iceland that is worth a watch to get some ideas on things to do during your stay.
As a port town, there are quite a lot of really good seafood restaurants here, many of which where you can get some amazing lobster if you have the dollars for it, as it can be quite expensive.
If you have a car, on the eastern side of Höfn is a pass that you can drive up to, which gives an amazing view over the glaciers of the Vatnajokull National Park. If you drive in the westerly direction for about an hour, you will hit the amazing Jokulsarlon, where you can take a boat out into the lake that is filled with icebergs that have drifted into the water from the glacier. It is one of the best things to do in Iceland, so make sure that you book your boat trip in advance online and even though the cost is a little more it is worth paying the extra for the Zodiac boat as you get closer to the icebergs. Höfn is the closest town from which to explore here, so it is a good place to stay.
Written by local enthusiast for Höfn í Hornafirði hostelsGlobetrotter