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Best of Southeast Iceland June 20-27

By Staff

  • This is Iceland's highest peak: Hvannadalshnjúkur (2.110 meters/6.923 feets) on Vatnajökull glacier in Vatnajökull National Park. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

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What should people not miss when visiting the town of Höfn? 
“I’d begin with a visit to the Vatnajökull National Park’s visitor center and the local crafts market, which are both located on the harbor. I also recommend a walk around the Ósland conservation area, which was once an island but is now connected to the mainland. From Ósland you’ll have a fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding area. A drive to Stokksnes, with a pit stop at the hidden Viking village at Horn is a great experience too.”
Recommended by Árdís Erna Halldórsdóttir, the managing director of the Vatnajökull Information Center.

Hólmur petting zoo and reindeer tours
The petting zoo at Hólmur farm is a must for any family traveling with children. At the zoo you‘ll find sheep, horses, calves, goats, pigs, rabbits, Icelandic hens, doves, geese, ducks, and pheasants, among other farm animals. The best time to visit is in the spring when baby animals are being born.
Recommended by Árdís Erna Halldórsdóttir.

Glistening icebergs and curious seals
Glacier Lagoon offers boat tours on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon between the months of April and November. You can sail between the massive floating icebergs and, if you are lucky, catch a glimpse of curious seals bobbing around in the water. The glacial lagoon is a sight that will render you speechless—every single time. The company has been operating boat tours on the lagoon for over 25 years. It offers two different tours: an hour-long tour on an amphibian boat and a slightly shorter tour on a small, inflatable Zodiac, where you get to experience the lagoon on an entirely different level.

Unwind in a geothermal pool with a view of Vatnajökull
Take a dip in the geothermal pools at Glacier World in Hoffell. It‘s the perfect place to unwind after a long drive or hike. From the pools you can enjoy a view of the glittering peaks of Vatnajökull glacier. The pools are open from 7am until 11 pm. 

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