Hoffell is the name for a farmstead from the Age of Settlement, located at Nes í Hornafirði. The landscape around Hoffell is diverse and beautiful, and features creeping glaciers, mountaintops, rivers and outwash plains. Hot water sources have been found at Hoffell, and the area has hot springs in their natural environment.
Hoffell is located about 20 km from Höfn í Hornafirði, and has various hiking routes and the picturesque natural treasure that is Hoffellsjökull. From Route 1 there extends a 3 kilometre long paved road that leads to the guest house at Hoffell. There, the occupants will also provide information about hiking routes and the area in cooperation with Vatnajökull National Park. Also available is a short informative presentation about Hoffellsjökull glacier and the surrounding area. To reach Hoffellsjökull by car it is necessary to drive on a 4 kilometre long gravel road that can often be in rough condition, especially during the snow melting season, when the road can disappear in certain locations. It is recommended to travel by four-wheel drive vehicles to the car park at Hoffellsjökull. There is also the option of walking from the guest house to the car park by the glacier.
The hike starts at the car park in front of Hoffellsjökul and continues southwest of Geitafellsbjörg. The viewpoint offers view over Hoffellsjökull glacier and the glacier lagoon.
A scenic circle trail around Geitafellsbjörg that can offer a good view over Hoffellsjökul and the glacier lagoon in front of the glacier.
Geitafellstindur - O4
The trail follows the circular route around Geitafellsbjörg (O3) then the trail turns up the hill to Geitafellstindur.
Hoffell - Hoffellsjökull
The trail starts at the Hoffell guesthouse and follows the side of the mountain Hoffellsfjall towards Hoffellsjökull glacier. The trail is not marked.
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The trial follows the mountain terrain of Núpar, Hoffelsjökull glacier and Hoffell. The trail is difficult and only recommended for experienced hikers. Almost no cell signal is on the trail and the park advices hikes to leave a travel plan with Safe travel at www.safetravel.is.
Mynd: iStock (Anze Furlan)