Hornafjordur at a glance
Hornafjordur is a blooming community in the realm of the greatest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull. It is a geographically large municipality, covering 260 kilometers of the south-eastern shoreline, but the population is just over 2000 inhabitants. The southern part of Vatnajökull National Park is located in the community and the scenery from the town of Hofn and the countryside is breath taking.
Fishing is the largest industry in Hornafjordur municipality, but it is also an agricultural area. The growth of Höfn in the 20th century, from a small village to today's town, is caused by the diverse and strong fishing industry. The name, Höfn, actually means harbour. The catch includes the high-value Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus), but a good part of the Icelandic lobster catch is landed and processed in Höfn. The lobster plays an important role in the towns image, where the annual “Lobster festival“ is celebrated each summer.
Tourism is a growing industry in Hornafjordur municipality. It offers diverse accommodation, restaurants and shopping. Hornafjordur is a great base for discovering Vatnajökull National Park, and also offers activities for the whole family. A few to mention are a 9 hole golf course in beautiful surroundings, a swimming pool, hiking trails, museums and a glacier exhibition.Port of Hofn.
The port of Hofn serves mostly fishing- and cargo vessels. In the last few years there has been a considerable increase in visits from cruise vessels, and pleasure crafts of all sorts.
The seaway to the harbour lies through a channel, and are all foreign vessels navigated through that channel by the harbour pilots on a well-equipped tug boat.
About the harbour:
The quay is in total 708 meters,
Most depth by quay wall is 8.0 meters
386 meters of the quay has the depth of 7,5 meters.
Minimum channel depth is 7 meters.
There is an 80 meter floating pier for smaller boats and vessels.
The harbour pilot and tug boat:
The tug boat is 48 gross ton.
Two main engines, overall 710 horse power.
16,54 meters long and 5,08 meters wide.
Contact on channel 12 vhf 24 hours watch
Phone (+354) 470 8025
Fax (+354) 478 2074
Mobile (+354) 895 2042
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org pilot/cruise ship contact
Website : www.portofhofn.is