Hofn or “Hofn i Hornafirdi” is an Icelandic fishing town in the south-eastern part of the country. As of 2009, the population was 2,200. This harbour town, the second largest in the south-eastern part of Iceland, gives scenic views of Vatnajökull Glacier (the largest ice cap in Europe by volume) and is a major centre for visits to the glacier. Hofn contains several museums, including the Hofn Glacier Museum – which has a variety of displays on the geology, ecology and history of the glacier and various examples of explorers’ tents, models and climbing ropes – Hofn Folk Museum and Hofn Nautical Museum.  A cultural highlight of the town is the annual “Humarhatid” or lobster festival, which is held on the first weekend of July.

A good base from which to access the mighty Vatnjokull glacier region – though please note that the port entry can prove challenging even under the most favourable of sea conditions. Saying that, and possibly as a result of the bespoke challenges, the port does seem to be gaining popularity amongst expedition vessels!
Please check with csi@csi.is or your port agent for more information pertaining to docking.

Distances to other ports in Iceland

  • Reykjavik/Hafnarfjordur – 270 NM
  • Grundarfjordur – 349 NM
  • Patreksfjordur – 380 NM
  • Isafjordur – 484 NM
  • Akureyri 310 NM
  • Husavik – 274 NM
  • Eskifjordur – 96 NM
  • Seydisfjordur – 118 NM
  • Djupivogur – 53 NM
  • Vestmannaejar – 160 NM

Distances to neares cities in Europe/USA

  • Torshavn – 281 NM
  • Bergen – 622 NM
  • Oslo – 985 NM
  • Svalbard – 1032 NM
  • Qaqortoq – 952 NM
  • St John‘s – 1590 NM

Shorex capacity: Approximately 700 passengers
All shorex capacity numbers are based on us offering what we consider to be, the best in local services.

Port details

Location: 64°15‘ N 15°13‘ W
Water location: North Atlantic Ocean
Number of cruise berths:  1
Berth dimensions:
Length: 740m, for ships up to 120m
Width of ship: 25m
Draft: 6m
Depth of water at low tide: 7.5m, we bring the ships in at tidal change, which is 4 times every 24 hrs, but if draft is over 5,2m we bring it in at high tide.
Turning basin: 160m
Tidal movement/range:  1.2m
Pilotage:  Pilotage is compulsory
Anchorage depth:  5 – 7.5m
Town centre:   500 – 950m
Airport: 5.1 km
Free shuttle to town: harbour is located in town