The power and beauty of nature showcased in southeast Iceland.
Gleaming amidst the sweeping black sand beaches of Hornafjörður in southeast Iceland, Höfn is gateway to some of the most spectacular scenery Iceland has to offer. Massive volcanoes, craggy fjords, majestic waterfalls, and shimmering ice caves are all here, within easy reach of the airport just an hour from the capital city. You can sail between massive icebergs preparing to drift out to sea, visit a Viking village, cross the countryside with herds of wild reindeer, or spend an afternoon watching playful and curious seals as they spend their afternoon watching you.
From Reykjavík to Höfn
From Höfn to Reykjavík
|Online offer||Economy||Standard||Child 2-11||Infant|
|Höfn in Hornafjörður||€ 164.80||€ 191.20||€ 221.60||€ 134.80||€ 32.00|
- Online offer € 164.80
- Economy € 191.20
- Standard € 221.60
- Child 2-11 € 134.80
- Infant € 32.00
A sparkling coastline bounded by history and watched over by fire and ice
Southeast Iceland is a sightseer's paradise housing Iceland's highest peaks and its deepest waters. Anchored by Vatnajökull National Park, the region includes the vast lava flows of the Laki volcanic eruption (now peacefully encased in soft green moss); the blue-and-black striped icebergs of the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon; and the frozen jewels of the nearby Diamond Beach. Movie lovers will recognize familiar landscapes from movies like Batman Begins, A View to a Kill, Die Another Day, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Game of Thrones, while explorers of all ages will enjoy discovering the beauty of the open spaces and hidden valleys that make Höfn the perfect base for your Icelandic adventure.
Vatnajökull and the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon: where ice flows from the mountains to the sea
The largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull covers Iceland's tallest mountains and contains twice as much water as Lake Ontario in North America. The ice slowly flows from the mountains to the sea in a vast field of ice that pours into the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon where it forms huge, deep blue icebergs striped with layers of black ash formed by the region's powerful volcanic eruptions. Chunks of ice broken from the icebergs often come to rest on a nearby shore, earning it the nickname Diamond Beach. Tour companies are available to take you sailing on the lagoon among ice and the playful seals who come to greet the boats. Each year in late summer, there is a beautiful fireworks display at the lagoon: the explosions and reflections and ice combine to make a spectacle not to be missed.
Laki: the fires that made a revolution
At the western end of the region is the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a peaceful hamlet of farms and houses somehow spared when lava burst from Lakagígar, a 25-kilometer (15.5-mile) long volcanic fissure north of the town.
Lava, ash, and gasses poured across the landscape and were blasted into the air, causing widespread cooling that froze the Mississippi River as far south as New Orleans and triggered crop failures across much of Europe, and contributed to the widespread famine and poverty that caused the French Revolution.
The village and the lava fields are easily accessible by car, and hikers and 4WD drivers can reach the now-silent craters of Laki themselves
Skeiðarársandur: a vast, stark, and silent beauty
Closer to Höfn, Skeiðarársandur is the enormous flood plain of fine black sand produced by volcanoes erupting under the nearby Vatnajökull ice cap. The largest expanse of sand anywhere in the world, the eerie vistas of Skeiðarársandur are reminiscent of dragon-scorched landscapes from fantasy novels or post-apocalyptic science fiction stories.
The land can easily be crossed by auto or explored on foot, and is an essential part of sightseeing in the southeast.
Svartifoss: Iceland's famous black falls
At the northern edge of Skeiðarársandur, Svartifoss is a 12-meter (40-foot) waterfall of glacial meltwater pure enough to drink. Cascading across angular columns of black basaltic rock, the falls have provided inspiration for generations of Icelandic artists and architects. Some even say that Hallgrímskirkja, the largest church in Reykjavík, resembles a mirror image of the falls!
The Viking village at Vestrahorn: remembering the epic days of early Iceland
Just east of Höfn in the shadow of the scenic Vestrahorn mountain, amist herds of wild reindeer, lies a full-sized Viking village built for Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur's movie "Vikingr," based on the famed Icelandic sagas. The village is in immaculate condition and visitors are allowed to explore it and to take photos to their heart's content. If you are descended from the Nordic conquerors or have dreamt of living in the age of the Vikings, this destination will stir your blood like no other.