Three double / twin rooms and one single bedroom that all share a bathroom, and are all on one floor (with a private entrance) in the farmer’s house. No cooking facilities. Two family rooms (a double bed and a bunk bed) with a shared bathroom, cooking facilities, a dining room and a sitting room with TV in a private, separate cottage close to the farmer’s house. Six sleeping bag spaces in yet another private cottage with cooking facilities, a dining room and a sitting room with a TV. Free Wi-Fi.
Meals available if pre-ordered.
Service and recreation
Marked hiking trails in Skaftafell National Park, where you can also go on various tours, like bike tours, hiking tours, climbing tours and guided glacier tours (20 km / 12.5 mi). Boat tours on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon (37 km / 23 mi). Daily trips to cape Ingólfshöfði are available every summer and depart from Hofsnes (4 km / 2.5 mi), where you’ll ride on a carriage drawn by a tractor. There’s a swimming pool in village Kirkjubæjarklaustur (84 km / 52 mi) and a shop in Freysnes (15 km / 9 mi) with a year-round diner, where you can find various other necessities and petrol as well. There’s a diner in Skaftafellsstofa (the visitor’s centre in Vatnajökull National Park) that’s open from mid-May to mid-September. The next supermarket is in Kirkjubæjarklaustur (84 km / 52 mi).
This is a world for explorers
Litla-Hof is one of five farms collectively known as Hof í Öræfum. There has been a church at Hof for just about seven centuries, and it is the home of one of six remaining turf churches in Iceland. Öræfajökull glacier, a part of the larger Vatnajökull, guards the farms, and is the proud home of Iceland’s highest peak (2,110 m / 6,922 ft.). Several smaller icefalls flow from Öræfajökull, and it’s easy to hike to one of them, Skaftafellsjökull. If you’d like a challenge, you can join a guided tour of about 3 – 5 hours that departs from Skaftafell, which will take you to icefall Falljökull that’s counted among the more beautiful icefalls in the area.
Skaftafell – one of Iceland’s jewels
It only takes about 10 minutes to drive to Skaftafell National Park (declared a reservation in 1967), which is a part of the larger Vatnajökull National Park. The combination of this beautiful landscape of contrasts, agreeable weather and a network of hiking trails make Skaftafell an ideal destination for anyone who wishes to get to know Iceland’s nature. You can choose between a range of trails of varying difficulty. The easier ones go to Svartifoss waterfall and Skaftafellsjökull, and the longer endurance hikes go to Morsárdalur valley, Skaftafellsheiði moor and Kristínartindar peaks, for example. Vatnajökull National Park runs a visitor’s centre in Skaftafell and various tour operators offer organised tours of many kinds to the region’s glaciers or other noteworthy destinations.
Enjoy the view – and the birdlife – at cape Ingólfshöfði
Hof overlooks the sand Skeiðarársandur, where various glacial rivers meet the ocean in a beautiful spectacle of water, sand and colour. Just by the beach, close to Hof, is cape Ingólfshöfði, named after Iceland’s first settler Ingólfur Arnarson. Ingólfshöfði is a reservation, and the cape’s unusually varied birdlife is a true goldmine for birdwatchers. The views from there over both land and sea are unmatched, and it will always be a special and unforgettable experience to ride that tractor from Hofsnes out to the cape.
Hosts: Guðbjörg and Sigurjón