The only port town on Iceland’s south coast, Hofn is perched on a small peninsula at the foot of Vatnajokull - the largest glacier on the island. Historically, the harbour was off limits during harsh, inhospitable winters, when roads would be blocked by towering snow piles, but the opening of Highway 1 in 1974 put a stop to that, making Hofn holidays a year-round possibility. Mooch around its clutch of small museums for the inside track on Icelandic traditional life: you’ll discover why fishing and agriculture are fundamental to locals and explore what life is like living in the shadow of a giant glacier.
Head out on a tour of the towering Vatnajökull glacier, which is the largest glacier in Europe, before spending the evening snuggled under a blanket, waiting for the Northern Lights to appear (sometimes they don’t), rounding up another fantastic fay on a Hofn holiday.
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