Gott kvöld! Welcome travel-enthusiastic to the pre last episode of our Iceland trip 2015, now heading to check which things to do in Höfn – Greetings from Heaven and Hell.
Maybe you still have to check out our previous four stations?
If not, then we can start immediately with the thrilling happenings on our journey with destination Dynjandi Guesthouse near Höfn.
We left Faskrudsfjördir as usual quite early in the morning with a planned Route all the time directly via coastline Route No. 1 and – for me this was a bit relieving with approximately 210 km and 2 and a half hours obviously the shortest track of our Iceland trip adventure.
The weather again was quite nice, no rain attacks, snowstorms or whatever the Iceland weather god has planned for us. So it came that the trip this time was not as spectacular as maybe the one before, mainly we were just enjoying again changing landscapes and the Ocean view.
Usually you see on a trip like this through Iceland sheeps just everwhere. Within fences, running around free in the wild, no matter what, but somehow they are on the other side of the fence.
No idea for what the fence is built there, since the sheeps somehow just cross it.
This also means for you as a driver to really be careful, but it can happen quite often that a little sheep family decides to cross the street, just the moment you pass by.
So keep that in mind, when you visit Iceland.
OK, but this time, no sheep misfortunes, I have to say, we made about 1 third of our whole route and suddenly we saw – reindeers.
A group of about 15 to 20 copies were laying there quite chilling in the grass, about 300 meters distance to the road. Picture time!
Because this was the first time we saw them here and we didn’t even know that they live in Iceland.
As our Guestmother in Höfn later told us, they were kept long time ago as domestic animals, but not nowadays anymore. You only see them sometimes in the Wilderness.
So we did and it was a very nice thing!
Also worth to mention is, that on our latest stop about 1 hour before Höfn we saw for the first time ever a huge glacier near Hoffell in the north of Höfn.
Again one of the countless wonders of Iceland and we could also make here a checkmark for been seeing this, at this time we had no idea yet, how close we would later come to glaciers and how impressive they really are.
By the way – find all of our Höfn pictures in our Gallery section – it’s surely worth a look.
What can I say – for the first time we were here quite in time and after about 4 and a half hours and only about 150 to 200 pictures taken during that trip we arrived in our Guesthouse Dynjandi near Höfn.
Höfn itself is the Main town of the community Hornafjörður with approximately 1.700 citizens.
It is located in the south east of Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður, which is by far the biggest nature reservoir in Iceland and Höfn with all the glaciers around is just one tiny little arm, better said tongue of this super huge volcano area. Anyway, our Guesthouse was located directly at the foot of a black gigantic Mountain, the volcano activity in that area is visible everywhere.
The welcoming of our Host Inga, who comes originally from Germany was very kind, friendly and super informative because she already told us by the first saying meetup so many things about the region, must see -things, special insider tips and she answered all of our questions.
I was asking her for example about some traditional Icelandic food that I could try out, of course I heard about the cooked sheep-head, which should be a very delicate thing, but unfortunately it turned out that this is also a touristic urban legend, that Icelandic people eat this every day.
So yes, the so called Svið you can buy and prepare but usually this will mainly be eaten only on traditional celebration days.
But Inga told us about Hákarl, which is really special.
Probably you have heard about this, it is fermented Shark, which should taste very very intensive like something totally rotten and supersmelly ammoniac-based.
Only enjoyable with the classic Icelandic Schnaps Brennivin.
I had to check this out of course, so we decided anyway to visit Höfn, which was about 5 km distance from our guesthouse and visit a Supermarket to refresh our stocks and also look out for this speciality.
To make it short, I really would like to show you here now pictures or even a video of me, enjoying Hákarl, the rotten shark, but unfortunately they were not offering that in the supermarket.
Next time maybe or I try to get this stuff somewhere here in Berlin and will deliver the proof of this later.
So Höfn itself was impressing us with some nice little details. First, the location – directly on the coast with an amazing view.
Then, a fantastic restaurant called Pakkhús, where we had a dinner maybe not very cheap, but outstandingly delicious.
Bird was trying lobster in white wine and because I didn’t get any of my special Iceland Food so far, I had lamb, which was also fantastic. So this place – highly recommended.
Höfn has also some nice exclusive exhibitions about rare minerals and stones which were found nearby and in whole Iceland, some of them very impressive and all in amazing colors and shapes.
Worth to see and it is easy to find, because Höfn is really not that big.
From the center with the Langabud, which is some kind of Town Hall you can reach everything in nearly five minutes by walking.
Reykjavik was about 10 minutes, so here it is even easier.
So one of our last things that we visited in Höfn was an exhibition also about minerals, but also native art of Iceland and whales.
A very curious place, located directly on the coast and the entrance welcomes every visitor with two impressive whale skeletons.
The whole place was very interesting, thousands of things, stones, art pieces to discover and in every corner something was hiding. You can definitely spend hours here!
One impression after the other, an already ending day and a need for sleep made us then driving back to our guesthouse.
On the next morning the Bird told me about strange thundering and pounding sounds during the night and after a short discussion we came to the conclusion that this could only be the mighty Vatnajökull Volcano, that is nearby here this area and this amazed us totally.
Well, I could leave you here with this story but it wouldn’t be true and after an awesome breakfast, prepared by Inga and proved with a picture here she told us, that these sounds just came from her neighbor, who was crafting some farm-stuff.
Yeah, the volcano-version of course is far more impressive, but even Iceland has some unfairytailish truths.
Anyway, the time was right to prepare for our ride to our last destination, Vík.
Unbelievable, that our trip would soon be over.
Inga was briefing us very detailed and with passion about the next sights we have to visit and see and of course we could feel with how much love she was talking about her home Iceland and it was not hard for us to share these feelings with her.
Saying goodbye was also a bit hard because also here we felt this overwhelming kindness and hospitality, combined with a lovely modesty and indigenous.
This and of course the landscape here in the south with a recognizably warmer climate made us feeling like in Heaven, which is one part of our subtitle for this Blog. How about hell?
What we can already reveal, is that quite a long way towards Vík, about which we will tell you in our next and last Blog of our Iceland trip, is about Volcano-areas and black beaches, that are partly looking like not from our planet and of course these are ejections from the almighty Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður, Vatnajökull and perfectly suitable for the “hell-part” of this Blog.
Huge glaciers, lagoons and a lot more will be waiting there for you in the next and last Episode about our Iceland Trip„ Mýrdalur – Eden is a place on earth“. Check out also all the pictures of our Höfn-part here.
Stay tuned, always travelling with the Bird,
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