Around Iceland 2015: Hornafjörður

Hornafjarðarós, Höfn , Hornafjörður 2002 / Sailing route into Hofn …

Hornafjarðarós, Höfn , Hornafjörður 2002 / Sailing route into Hofn in Hornafjordur Mats Wibe Lund

Iceland’s national newspaper Morgunblaðið is on a six-week 2015 tour of Iceland!

The paper’s journalists and photographers will be bringing us news and images of everyday life, culture, business, nature, education, services and more from the four corners of the land. Today’s destination: Hornafjörður.


Hornafjörður is a small fjord in south-eastern Iceland. The town of Höfn, the second largest in the region, has a population of over 2,000 and commands spectacular views of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier by volume.

Höfn in Hornafjörður.

Höfn in Hornafjörður. Photo: Google Maps

Humarhöfnin, which translates as ‘the lobster harbour’, is one of Höfn’s premier restaurants. It is owned and run by Ari Þorsteinsson and members of his family. The building is one of the town’s oldest and was built in Copenhagen and shipped over.

The family.

The family. Photo: Albert Eymundsson

Ólafur Fransson is the owner of Sólsker, a company producing a range of award-winning fish products, including mackerel pâté , smoked cod roe and cured red sea-perch. Sólsker products are currently available in Reykjavik and Höfn and will be presented at a food market in London this autumn.

Ólafur Fransson.

Ólafur Fransson. Photo: Albert Eymundsson

Ágústa Margrét Arnardóttir and Karen Sveinsdóttir produce dresses, skirts, jackets, handbags, accessories and more under the label Arfleifð, in the town of Djúpivogur, north-east along the coast from Höfn. The raw materials are animal by-products: skin, wool, horns, feathers, etc.

Glacier World in Hoffell, inland of Höfn, is a popular destination for those wishing to enjoy a hot natural pool, go quad-biking or simply enjoy nature. There is accommodation and, in the summer, a restaurant. Hoffell Glacier is a glacier tongue of the mighty Vatnajökull.

Glacier World is run by Hólmfríður Þrúðmarsdóttir and family.

Glacier World is run by Hólmfríður Þrúðmarsdóttir and family. Photo: Albert Eymundsson

Check out Iceland Monitor for Morgunblaðið ’s next destination in Around Iceland 2015: Egilsstaðir.




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