Vestrahorn: A Beautiful Slice of Iceland
This family company operates a guesthouse, café, and horse rental
East Iceland is where you find the actual “ice” of Iceland, including Vatnajökull glacier, a giant white spot on the map that is truly breathtaking in person. You can see the glacier descend into black sands and hot streams erupt from frozen banks of ice. The landscape is remarkable with mountains jutting out of the earth close to sea and sweeping regions like Stokksnes and Vestrahorn. Travelers come from around the world to the region to photograph the pristine, stunning nature in the southeast, including professional and amateur photographers, the Game of Thrones production, and a famous Indian Bollywood film. Apple also visited the region to film some footage for scenery for product launches. During the winter, this region is especially popular for the chance to see and photography northern lights. Watching the green and white lights flicker and dance in the sky is a memorable experience.
Litlahorn, which is operated by a family with deep roots in southeast Iceland, welcomes guests through a variety of businesses, including a guesthouse, café, and horse rental.
Coffeehouse and accommodation
Viking Café Iceland & Cabins is a little oasis at the bottom of Litla Horn near Hofn, The charming guesthouse offers 7 comfortable rooms for travelers and the coffeehouse is operated by a warm and accommodating manager, serving quality coffee, a choice of delicious cakes and pastries, as well as sandwiches and waffles. While the food and service is top-notch, it’s understandable if visitors become distracted by the view. The café overlooks the beautiful and vast bay of Vestrahorn on one side and Vatnajökull on the other side.
A great way to survey the beautiful surroundings is by horseback. Litlahorn offers a horse rental service overseen by one of the owners, a skilled horse breeder with a passion for the family’s horses. Guests can take a riding tour along black sand beaches close to Höfn. The groups are small (2-5 people) and the 2.5 hour tour offers stunning views while riding a good-natured stocky Icelandic horse, a unique breed. Litlahorn also breeds horses and sells them to customers around the world.
Stones and materials for sale
Litlahorn provides unique materials for sale from its land. The company utilizes its Stokksnes beach mine, which consists of material that has been carried by the glacier river Hornafjarðarfljót from the Vatnajökull glacier into the sea, where the harshet east coast sea waves has tumbled and smoothed the materials for thousands of years before returning it to shore. The stones and sand are used for stone carpets, bathstones, house sheathing and for asphalt and roads.
East Iceland has something for everyone and the Litlahorn owners are here to make your dream holiday a reality. Stop by Litlahorn during your next trip to Iceland!
Photo: Peter Fisher
Horni 781, Hofn
Photo Vestrahorn. Photo by Peter Fischer, Photographer & Owner of Photo Tour Agency Freiraum Fotografie GmbH & Co. KG. www.freiraum-fotografie.de