On the drive to Hofn we made a detour to Lagarfljot - whee rumour has it, there is a sea monster hidden in the depths of the lake (the most recent sighting was in 2012). We drove on towards Hengifoss, Iceland's second highest waterfall. It is about an hour or so walk from the car park and back and we were surprised by just how beautiful it was. We were treated to a herd of reindeer on the way too! There is a smaller waterfall on the way and the whole place is surrounded in gorgeous basalt columns.
Although we didn't make it, I would highly recommend whilst you are in this area making the extra journey to Snaefell - a possibly extinct volcano, but a beauty either way! Back on the road to Hofn there were plenty of other photo worthy stops to make - including a Viking filmset near Stafafell- beware - the cafe does not seem to open in winter!
In Hofn we stayed in the pretty bland Hotel Hofn - but it had a really nice manager and local beer made with glacier water as well as rooms with glacier views. I would highly recommend the restaurant Humarhofnin - it was delicious and my husband still raves about the langoustine in special black sauce. If it's good enough for Ben Stiller...
Hofn is a great base for exploring the nearby Jokulsarlon, luminous blue ice bergs floating in a lagoon. We spent hours admiring the stunning scenery, watching seals and taking mesmerising photographs. A ''must see'' on any Iceland tour.