Thirty-seven double / twin rooms. There are 16 rooms in a separate building, all with en-suite bathrooms. The main building has eight rooms, one of which has an en-suite, while the others share two bathrooms. The reception, a large lounge area and a restaurant are also located in the main building. There are another eight rooms in four small cottages, with two rooms and one shared bathroom per cottage. There are five more rooms in another building, which has two shared bathrooms and a lounge area. There’s free WiFi in all rooms and common areas.
Breakfast buffet and evening meals are served in the guesthouse restaurant. Licensed. Packed lunches are also available.
Service and recreation
On the ground floor of the guesthouse is a spa for guests with a hot tub, sauna, showers, men’s and women’s changing rooms and a relaxation room. The guesthouse is embellished with original paintings and sculptures by some of Iceland’s best-known artists. Most of the works are from the 20th century, in addition to a few more recent pieces.
There are marked hiking trails into the Skaftafell area of the Vatnajökull National Park. Guided hiking, cycling, mountaineering and glacier tours are also on offer (20 km / 12.5 mi). There are daily tractor-pulled hay-cart rides around Ingólfshöfði nature reserve, departing from Hofsnes during the summer months (4 km / 2.5 mi). Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon (37 km / 23 mi) is a must-see, and you can even go sailing among the icebergs on a boating tour.
There’s a geothermal swimming pool in Kirkjubæjarklaustur (84 km / 52 mi). The Söluskálinn Freysnesi gas station sells fast-food and a small selection of grocery items (15 km / 9 mi). There’s a larger supermarket with a wider selection in Kirkjubæjarklaustur (84 km / 52 mi).
A unique nature experience in a spectacular location
Hof I is one of a cluster of five farms that are collectively known as ‘Hof í Öræfum’. They sit beneath the rugged and imposing base of the Vatnajökull glacier. Hof has been an ecclesiastical site for almost seven centuries and is home to one of only six turf churches still standing in Iceland. Towering over Hof is Öræfajökull, an ice-capped volcano whose summit, Hvannadalshnúkur, is the highest peak in Iceland, standing at 2,110 m / 6,921 ft. One of the many smaller outlet glaciers branching off from Öræfajökull glacier is Skaftafellsjökull, which you can reach on a very easy hike from Skaftafell. There are a range of other longer and more challenging hikes (3-5 hours) on offer from Skaftafell. Guides can take you to Falljökull, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful outlet glaciers in the region.
Skaftafell – a jewel of Icelandic nature
It’s about a 10-minute drive from Hof to Skaftafell. Originally granted national park status in 1967, Skaftafell is now part of the enormous Vatnajökull National Park. Here you are greeted by a region of unparalleled natural beauty - shrub-covered hills, mountain peaks reminiscent of trolls, shimmering ice cliffs, charcoal-coloured glacier rivers, and black volcanic sands. Good weather conditions and the variety of hiking trails make Skaftafell a dream destination for adventure seekers. There are marked trails suitable for everybody: short and easy trails to Svartafoss waterfall and Skaftafellsjökull glacier, and longer and more challenging hikes to places such as Morsárdalur glacial valley, the Skaftafellsheiði plateau and the Kristínartindar mountain peaks.
Vatnajökull National Park runs a visitor centre in Skaftafell where tourism companies operate various scheduled tours around the park.
Bountiful birdlife and breathtaking views of Ingólfshöfði
Ahead of Hof is a vast sand plain, Skeiðarársandur, through which several glacier rivers flow down to the sea in numerous channels, rivulets and streams. Down by the coast, very close to Hof, is Ingólfshöfði promontory, a nature reserve named after Iceland’s first settler, Ingólfur Arnarson. With cliffs teeming with birdlife, Ingólfshöfði a paradise for bird lovers. The panoramic views across the land and coast are also spectacular. Travelling on the hay-cart from Hofsnes up to Ingólfshöfði is a unique and unforgettable experience that is not to be missed.
Hosts: Anna Sigríður and Knútur