Höfn is a relatively new town in a historical sense. The towns origin can not be traced back to farms or settlements that developed from trading and fishing centuries back. It is more like several other towns and villages around the coastline, a product of modern times. The first houses that were built in Höfn where trading post in the late 19th-century. After the trading post had started to develop, more and more houses were built. Like other places around the coastline, the people of Höfn also started to take advantage of the fishing grounds nearby. So fishing and fish processing also became a permanent base of livelihood.
A fishing town with important connection to farming
Early on the Co-op Society became an influential contributor to the development of Höfn side by side with entrepreneurs and traders. Although initially based on trading and fishing the town is surrounded by fertile farmlands so service and service related to farming became an important factor in the town's development.
Thriving community with strong economic base and lobster as an icon
Today Höfn is a thriving community with approximately 2200 residents. The economy is mainly based on fishing and fish processing. Most of the Norway lobster caught in Iceland is landed in Hornarfjörður, and the lobster is quite symbolic for Hornarfjörður. In addition to fishing the town is also high in the industry related to agriculture. Not surprisingly for those who have visited the area tourism is growing rapidly. Companies that offer impressive glacier tours, hiking tours and local food are constantly surfacing.
Höfn offers excellent service and is placed in a stunning landscape
Höfn is a good place to live in with all the modern services that a community can offer. It has a preschool, a primary and secondary school, a music school, a good welfare service, good care for the elderly and excellent sports facilities. Höfn has a good swimming pool.
The camp site at Höfn is one of the best in Iceland and here you can find a spot for your tent with a spectacular view. There are quality hotels and guesthouses in the town as well as in the neighbouring area. The town of Höfn is a perfect place to stop if you are driving the Ring Road in Iceland or even if you are taking a trip to the Jökulsár Lagoon and you want to stay overnight nearby. Höfn also offers restaurants and cafés with fish and fish soups from the neighbouring fishing grounds.
If you are going to visit the South East Region in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Höfn region.