Adventure Hotel Hof is the ideal base to explore the land of fire and ice, located nearby some of Iceland’s most famous sights, including the iconic South Coast, the glorious Skaftafell National Park, and the mesmerizing Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon to name a few. Adventure Hotel Hof is truly the perfect place to stay for anyone who wants to explore the wonders that the South Coast has to offer.
The Hotel is steeped in the history of the area and parts of the buildings were originally used as stables and barns in a local farm – this gives is an authentic and traditional atmosphere, while still retaining all the modern touches that you would expect to find at a high-quality country hotel. When you enter the hotel, you will be greeted by tasteful decorations that highlight the beauty of the surrounding landscape, with the walls decorated by photographs and artwork that portray some of Iceland’s most famous places. The Hof Hotel has 46 modern rooms in total – offering comfort and luxury in a truly beautiful place. Each of the rooms offers access to Wi-Fi and the hotel also has a spacious lounge and a great restaurant.
Adventure Hotel Hof operates a bistro-style restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, using locally sourced ingredients. Its menu focuses on regional Icelandic traditions, offering guests a wide spectrum of delectable dishes that will allow them to explore the wonderful cuisine of the land of fire and ice. The restaurant serves fish, meat and vegetarian options, ensuring that there is something for everyone and also offers a wide range of wine, beer, and soda. If you are planning to go on an excursion, the hotel offers a pack lunch service.
Skaftafell is a spectacular nature reserve contained within the Vatnajökull National Park. It is famed for its exquisite natural beauty and the sheer diversity of its landscape, making it an absolute must-see during your time in the land of fire and ice. Skaftafell is renowned for its incredible flora and fauna, which grows between the mighty glaciers and dark volcanic sands, creating a stunning effect. That combined with the powerful cascading waterfalls and a plethora of imposing lava sculptures, ensures that Skaftafell will inspire awe and wonder in equal measure.
The Skaftafell Nature Reserve is renowned for the quality of its hiking and there are a host of short hiking trails that are perfect for a half-day activity. The most popular takes you to the gorgeous Svartifoss Waterfall – where a roaring cascade crashes over majestic basalt rock formations. It is also home to a number of glaciers that can be explored in the company of one of Extreme Iceland’s qualified glacier guides. If you want to explore a beautiful and diverse national park, then Skaftafell may just be the place for you.
The Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a breathtakingly beautiful place, which is an absolute must-see for anyone staying in the land of fire and ice. It stands in the shadow of the retreating Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, where glimmering icebergs break away from the main body of the glacier and glide across its crystalline surface. This creates a mesmerizing effect and the shimmering hunks of ice look like exquisite natural jewels as they make their way to the nearby Diamond Beach. You can book a boat ride, in the summer, that weaves in and out of the floating wonders allowing you to enjoy them from a totally different angle.
Jökulsárlón is also great for nature lovers, with seals regularly swimming in the lagoon and a host of seabirds nesting nearby. Jökulsárlón will be familiar to movie lovers and it has played a starring role in a number of Hollywood blockbusters, including Die Another Day, Lara Croft Tomb Raider and many, many more. If you want to see this awe-inspiring natural wonder, then Adventure Hotel Hof is the perfect place to stay.
Hofskirkja Church is a turf-roofed church that looks like it is from a fairy-tale. It was originally built in 1884 and is the only remaining turf-roofed church that is still a practicing parish. Turf-roofed buildings used to be incredibly fashionable in Iceland – because the thick layers of dirt and grass would provide better insulation from the bitterly cold winters than concrete. Hofskirkja was built using traditional Icelandic techniques – starting with a timber skeleton, which was surrounded by strong stone walls and topped with heavy concrete slabs and finished with a carpet of green grass. There has been a church at Hof, for more than 700 years, with the first evidence that we have of one coming in 1343. This ensures that the Hofskirkja Church is the perfect way to gain an insight into traditional Icelandic culture and an absolute must for anyone staying at the hotel.