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Langoustine sandwiches and panoramic views in Höfn

By Sara McMahon

  • In Klukkugil ravine. From the left: Berglind Steinþórsdóttir, Ingólfur Reynisson (Árdís's husband) and Árdís Erna Halldórsdóttir. Photo/Árdís Erna Halldórsdóttir

Árdís Erna Halldórsdóttir, the managing director of the Vatnajökull Information Center, recommends a stroll around Höfn’s harbour area and a nice meal of langoustine (small lobster, or scampi), at a restaurant in town.

For how long have you lived in Höfn?

“I was born and raised in Höfn but left to go to university as a teenager. I returned with my family seven years ago.”

What should people not miss when visiting Höfn?

“I’d begin with a visit to the Vatnajökull National Park’s visitor center and the local crafts market, which are both located on the harbor. I also recommend a walk around the Ósland conservation area, which once was an island but is now connected to the mainland. From Ósland you’ll have a fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding area. A drive to Stokksnes with a pit stop at the hidden Viking village at Horn is a great experience too.”

Do you have any special recommendations for families traveling with children?

“The swimming pool in Höfn is a fun place to visit when traveling with children. There’s a football field nearby where you can run around and play. A path for cyclists and pedestrians runs along the sea-front—follow that and you are destined for an exciting day at the beach. Finally, I’d suggest you visit the Huldusteinn Stone Museum.”

What is your favorite restaurant in Höfn?

“There are numerous lovely restaurants to be found in the town. Kaffi Hornið is a good option for families with children, while Pakkhúsið restaurant is perfect for those who’d like to try our local produce. Lastly I’d recommend Humarhöfnin to those who’d like to taste delicious langoustine.”

Describe your ideal Sunday in Höfn:

“I’d start the day off by packing a lovely little lunch and then hike up Hoffellsjökull, an ‘outlet glacier’ that flows from the Vatnajökull ice cap. Stop and have your lunch on Geitafell mountain, and then unwind in the naturally heated outdoor hot tubs located near Hoffell farm. Lastly, enjoy a langoustine sandwich followed by an Icelandic ice cream speciality ‘bragðarefur’ in Hafnarbúðin, or langoustine pizza in Hótel Höfn.”

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