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Hofn

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24 travelers at this place:

  • Day16

    Abendstimmung und Langustenpizza

    August 4, 2017 in Iceland

    Hallo Sonne! Schön, dass du wieder da bist 😊 Komm doch bitte morgen mit an die Ostfjorde. Ich verspreche auch dich in vollen Zügen zu genießen.

    Erstemal erfolgreich getrampt. Auch wenn das stundenlange Ausharren in der regnerischen, windigen und kalten Einöde - 10 Autos in 2 Stunden - nur mit lautem Gesang meinerseits zu überstehen war.Read more

  • Day2

    End of the Day at Hofn

    February 7 in Iceland

    One of the last stops for photography for today was an impromptu visit onto a beach of pebbles. We saw a couple of cars there and the views were of a frozen tidal area with snow covered mountains as a backdrop. It was a pebble beach hardened by the frozen conditions and as the cars were there we judged it safe to join them. Wrong! The car embedded itself into the snow and pebbles where the ice was not so hard and we feared we were stuck, even in a 4x4. Okay, so it is embarrassing to drive a cleaning cloth, but that Duster made a clean job of getting us free. Or was it just Rob's driving skills were polished?

    After retreating to a safe part of the beach we took a few photos and this panorama was one of them. Phones can do clever things these days.

    We stopped once more in the fading light to capture some sunset colours and the very last light of the day. It was then only 10 minutes to our next overnight stop in Hofn where once again it's lovely and warm and our hosts so friendly. We ate at a restaurant just over the road and had an excellent meal, eating langoustine caught locally ... by that red boat by the way.

    Tomorrow promises to be good weather too and even a remote chance of some aurora activity if we're extremely lucky. Will we be? Who knows.
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  • Day3

    We Begin Day 3

    February 8 in Iceland

    After sleeping well and having had breakfast we started the day with this view from our window. It snowed just a little in the night - just a dusting on the car. You can see the restaurant where we ate from our window.

    On the way to Hofn from Egilsstadir we'd seen some great photo compositions but nowhere to stop and take advantage of them. We decided to travel back along yesterday's route to see if we could revisit those and set 30 minutes drive time northwards as a maximum because we knew that covered the area we'd seen the day before. So, that's what we did ... we drove about 30 minutes north and turned around and came back towards Hofn.

    The light was very different and the magical potential shots we'd seen were gone. We did, however, find a small parking area off the road which looked to offer potential. You need to know that in Iceland you can't just stop and take photos wherever. Parking areas are few and far between and it's forbidden to simply stop on the side of the roads. You can't to be honest, because the roads are raised to stop snow buildup so you'd end up in a ditch.
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  • Day7

    Day 7:

    Another full day of travel in the books and the number of amazing sights just keeps stacking up. Although its a small country, it is quickly becoming apparent that it would take a lifetime or more to really see everything this place has to offer. In summing up each day, we find out more and more that we "missed". The biggest, best, hidden and most impressive are still out there and that really fills you with a hunger for more travelling. Its right on the border of maddening and inspiring... kind of like Hemingway.

    Okay, our first stop was a bit of an unplanned one, but is well known from all of those Instagram travellers and of course... Game of Thrones. Fjaðrárgljúfur. That's Icelandic for "please have an easier to pronounce language". But seriously, its Fjaðrá Gorge, still difficult. Painfully beautiful, painfully screwed by tourism. Its one of those "you've got to come see this, but please don't" type situations... The gorge was cut out during the Ice Age and genuinely looks like James Cameron made it up in a studio. Walking down the canyon like our boy Jon Snow is strictly prohibited now due to the degradation of the landscape, yet somehow dozens were still down there... We chose the the mile-long uphill path was available for our enjoyment, complete with a viewing deck! Absolutely stunning. We had the opportunity to see it when it was cloudy with a little bit if rain on the way up and sunny and clear on the way back, which made the gorge look completely different!

    Just 20 minutes down the road, we popped to the side for a minute to check out Foss á Siðu, a little waterfall situated on private property. It wasn't hugely impressive in terms of Iceland, but it is fun to see a waterfall from the road and stretch our legs a bit after some backroads driving at the last stop.

    As we made our way to the next stop, we turned off the road to get a better look at Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. Also included in our pull off was a show of the power of glacial runoff... there were mangled pieces of a bridge that once crossed the river Ölfusá before a particularly high volume of water widened the river and made quick work of the man made bridge.

    The next stop was one that we were all really excited to see... Svartifoss. Partially because we could easily translate it, but mostly because of the impressive basalt stacks that serve as a backdrop to the falls. It is located in Skaftafell, which used to be it's own national park, before joining the expansive Vatnajökull National Park. A decent hike later, we made our way to the falls and aside from being a bit smaller than we expected, the Black Falls did not disappoint. Unfortunately, there was a little Eastern European kid jumping on the viewing platform so the pictures we captured are a bit shakier than we would like, but those are secondary to hearing and feeling the falls. The basalt stacks were actually the inspiration for the wings of the Hallsgrímskirkja, clearly evident by the hexagonal shape. These columns are breaking off from the bottom, so the shape of the falls is ever changing and quite dangerous, but that may add to the allure of the unique waterfall. We realized that we should have cut out time to hike to and possibly on the glacier, but rain and tour buses coming in gave us good excuses to move on and add it to the "next time" list.

    Another unplanned stop caught our eyes off the road, Fjallsárlón. We deduced from our next planned stop that "sárlón" meant something the the effect of a river lagoon, and the glacier coming up to the water's edge made it an a tempting stop. Let's say it did not dissappoint... large bits of blue glacier were floating in a frigid pond with the backdrop of the massive glacier. They offered boat tours, but we opted for the views from the rocky beach. Touching the glass-like pieces that floated to shore was another experience like no other, but we knew that more of this was in store for us at the next stop.

    Jökulsárlón is one of those places exploited by Hollywood over and over, but it's again understandable due to its otherworldly look. Overall, it can be described in the same way as Fjallsárlón, but the chunks of glacier were much larger and there were dozens of seals swimming amongst them. Pictures will never do this place justice, but of course we still tried!

    Across the street was the so-called Diamond Beach. A black sand beach where the pieces of glacier from Jökulsárlón make it out to sea, then are tumbled back onto the beach. The black sand really makes the chunks of ice stand out, whether crystal clear or frosty with a hue of blue. We spent a good amount of time here, almost in a daze of wonder. We realized that 3 of us had never touched the Atlantic Ocean, so we thought the calm ripples would be the perfect place to do so, far from the sneaker waves of Reynisfjara. One of us, cough... Tom ...cough! Didn't quite time out the set well enough and got soaked by the ice cold water. Hilarious? Yes. Fun? Less so.

    One last hour of driving and we arrived at our little cottage in Höfn. We again lucked out in seeing the Northern Lights! This time they were significantly brighter and spread across nearly the entire sky. Simply amazing!

    Next up, from the Southeast to East Iceland!
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  • Day32

    Aankomst in Höfn

    August 15, 2017 in Iceland

    We zijn aangekomen in de plaats van onze een na laatste accommodatie: Höfn, betekenend Haven...
    Een echt dorp dit keer met een jeugdherberg.
    Höfn ligt op een schiereiland wat aan de zuidkant van zuidoost IJsland uit steekt. Daardoor krijg je mooi zicht op het Vatnajökull gebied richting het westen.
    Ik hoop morgen deze foto opnieuw te kunnen maken met de zonsopgang.

    Zo'n mega Lada had ik nog nooit gezien trouwens. Leuk ook die trekhaak omdat de caravan aan de achterkant op de weg hangt ;-)
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  • Day32

    Hostel Höfn

    August 15, 2017 in Iceland

    Onze slaapplek voor 1 nacht.
    Eenvoudig maar we kunnen de slaapzakken in de auto laten en gratis WiFi internet is ook wat waard.
    Linda is snel aan het koken geslagen omdat veel gasten nog moeten arriveren en er is slechts een fornuis....

    Waar die Aygo is geweest is me trouwens een raadsel. Onze DS heeft ook behoorlijk wat natte en droge gravelwegen gezien maar is bij lange na niet zo smerig geweest ;-)

    Na het eten nog even een wandeling naar een speeltuintje aan het water. Het is nu eb en het zeewier ligt nu gewoon in de buitenlucht. Het ruikt een beetje zoals aan de Normandische kust, maar dan een stuk kouder.

    Toen we terug kwamen in het hostel na 9 uur kwam nog een grote groep Fransozen en het gaat bv enigszins zoals bij de trekkershut: veel spullen naar binnen en uitgebreid koken.
    De tussendeur van de eetzaal en onze gang ging daarbij regelmatig open maar niet meer dicht terwijl wij probeerden te slapen. Oordopjes boden voor Bart uitkomst om het borden gekletter van de afwas niet te horen...
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  • Day85

    Höfn

    July 5 in Iceland

    Bei wunderschönem Sonnenwetter (~13°C) spazieren wir durch den Fischerort Höfn und entdecken eine bunte Hüpfinsel am Spielplatz.
    Auf unseren Isomatten liegend genießen wir später die Sonne an einem windstillen Ort auf dem Campingplatz und verbringen den Abend mit einer Wanderung an einer weiteren Gletscherlagune. Über weite Geröllfelder gelangen wir bis an das hoch aufragende, schmutzige Eis.Read more

  • Day6

    Höfn

    July 28 in Iceland

    Hier waren wir nur kurz auf der Durchreise. Leider war es zu regnerisch als das man sich das kleine Städtchen hätte ansehen mögen. Ein klein wenig Kunst am Strand war alles, was wir an Eindrücken mitnehmen konnten.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Höfn, Hoefn, Hofn, Горад Хёбн, Höfn í Hornafirði, ヘプン, 회픈, Хебн, Sveitarfélagið Hornafjörður, Хёбн, 780, Гепн, 赫本

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