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Hofn, safe harbor after a wild ocean crossing

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A July 1995 trip to Hofn by samepenny

Jokulsarlon  The Lake of Ice Photo, Hofn, Iceland More Photos
Quote: We crossed the wild north Atlantic ocean from Scotland on the small ship M. V. Explorer. Many on board were extremely glad to fetch the small, but safe harbor at Hofn. (pronounced like 'hup') Many were very seasick, others were just glad to feel safe at last.

Hofn, safe harbor after a wild ocean crossing

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The M.V. Explorer Photo, Hofn, Iceland
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There we were after 2 days crossing, long since passed the Faroe Islands. I wasn't seasick. One of the few, but walking around the ship was difficult. There we were fetching Hofn (apologies to Icelanders, for I don't have the correct type fonts.) The pilot came aboard wearing a navy blue business suit, ordinary men's dress shoes, and white shirt and tie. I would have had shoes with deck- appropriate soles as it took several minutes to time the pitching of the waves to get the pilot's boat and the M.V. Explorer on the same timing. With him was our special guide for Iceland, Ari Trausti Gudmundsson, who also worked as a weatherman on Icelandic t.v. Also coming abroad from the pilot boat was a lady wh...Read More

Ship Dining

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Restaurant | "we ate on the ship"

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Food is very expensive in Iceland. To keep the costs of our trip down, the organizers figured that we would either eat all of our meals on the ship or take picnics from the ship for lunch. Now and then we stopped along the way for snacks, coffee, ice cream etc. Usually the costs of these were part of our trip. Sometimes, as in the case of the great ice cream, we paid as we ate. We had a bit of local food, but not enough to offer any reviews or suggestions. The cost of food is something you have to figure on as it can be very high. This is one of the reasons we booked an organized tour. Something to think about.

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Ship Dining
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Hofn, Iceland

Glacier Tour to Jokusarlon

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Glacier Tour to Jokusarlon Photo, Hofn, Iceland
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Although I've been around many glaciers this was the first one that I had the experience of riding to the top of a major ridge in a snowcat. We departed Hofn (pronounced hup) in a 4 wheel drive bus. The trip up past the electric plant to the chalet and visitors center was not for the faint hearted. We had been on the ship for several days, 2 days without stopping and walking on dry land was odd. Being on a bus going up a very narrow road to the glacier was uncomfortable. We got off the bus at a beautiful chalet and had the customary 20 minute potty and gift shop stop. We then walked across a snow field of about 200 yards (rutted and slippery) and were divided into groups of about 8. We climbed in...Read More

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Glacier Tour to Jokusarlon
Vatnajokull
Hofn, Iceland

Jokulsarlon The Lake of Ice

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Jokulsarlon  The Lake of Ice Photo, Hofn, Iceland
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In the 20th century a change in the geology of this area caused a river that flowed from a glacier to be blocked from its route to the sea. Thus the Lake of Ice was created. If the geology of the area changes, which it very likely could, the lake will vanish. A highlight of any trip to Iceland, this lake is best seen from special pontoon boats that are purpose built to go among the icebergs on this lake. The place where you get onto these boats is very close to the Ring Road and although the approach is deep in gravel, you don't need 4 wheel drive to get in. (Although I think 4 wheel drive is necessary for any car you would want in Iceland.) An exceptionally beautiful feature of this lake is a sus...Read More

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Jokulsarlon The Lake of Ice
East of Skaltafell
Hofn, Iceland

Children in front of the lake of Ice Photo, Hofn, Iceland
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Until about 1974 many villages and towns in Iceland were isolated, travel being either by sea or the long way around on miserable roads. In 1974, a huge project that caused Iceland to have a debt the citizens are still paying off, was finished. Weather permitting, you can now head out around Iceland in either direction and end up where you started. A huge accomplishment for a small population. In 1996 a volano in Vatnajokull errupted destroying bridges and significant sections of the Ring Road on the south east section. In a very short time considering the damage, Icelanders repaired the Ring Road. You can now drive yourself all around this amazing island. Buses run also. This makes tra...Read More

Hofn, the name means harbor

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Pilot Boat Photo, Hofn, Iceland
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We fetched Hofn after 2 days on a wild north Atlantic ocean. The harbor at Hofn (I apologise for not having the correct type fonts) is one of the very few on the Europeon side of Iceland. Hofnfjordur fjord is remarkable in that it is almost entirely cut off from the Atlantic Ocean by sand spits to often cause the appearance of this fjord to be almost as tranquil as a lake! To think of what this meant to the ancient Vikings arriving in Iceland! Hofn itself frankly isn't much to look at. The growth that came after the Ring Road was finished in 1974 has increased the population to almost 2000 people. The majority of the buildings are concrete block. There's no wood for building in this part...Read More

He jumped ship at Hofn!

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Icelandic Flag Photo, Hofn, Iceland
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I can't tell you how rough the seas were coming over from Scotland, but I can tell you that one member of our party left the ship at Hofn to make arrangements to fly back to the United States--without his baggage. We never saw him again. I assume that he had his passport and his wallet. He'd had enough. This may be fair warning to anyone who's thinking of going to Iceland by ship from Great Britain. Frankly I enjoyed the trip. It takes all kinds of people to make a world. Age didn't seem to be a factor in who managed the crossing well and who didn't. One spry woman very well up in years, seemed to do very well. Another couple, both in their 80's, were at the head of the pack on every ...Read More

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