The Small Town that Enjoys Life - Hafnarfjörður
    Hafnarfjörður has everything you need for a visit in a small town
Just over 7,000 years ago, one of Iceland’s famous volcanoes erupted, spreading lava across a huge area. A small town grew up on the lava by the coast, surrounded by beautiful scenery and with a perfect harbour, which became Iceland’s main port for many years. The English and German merchants squabbled for its control. The Germans won and ran the town in the 16th century until Danish King Christian IV decreed only Danish merchants could buy and sell in Iceland.
That town today is Hafnarfjörður and, at just over 100 years old, it’s one of Iceland’s oldest towns. It is home to some 26,000 people, mostly living in colourful houses - and the unnumbered elves and Hidden People, who still live in the rocks and are known to influence events. The Hellisgerði park is a magical spot to learn about them as you walk the pathway twisting through rocks and tiny lava caves.
For those interested in culture, the arts, history, shopping and food, there is the Hafnarborg Centre for Culture and Fine Arts, a folk museum, (both with free entrance), a Viking themed restaurant and hotel, a small shopping mall and lots of restaurants and services - all without losing its small town, friendly atmosphere and charm. Hafnafjörður is a centre for art and design – especially designer jewellery and clothing.

Celebrate Spring and Summer

Icelanders love to celebrate and Hafnarfjörður’s four most popular Spring and Summer festivals are Bjartir dagar (Bright Days) at the end of May, the annual Seamen’s festival on the first weekend in June and the major Viking festival in mid-June, where 10th century Vikings almost take over the town. (There is also the National Day celebration, of course, on the 17th June.)
With camping, guesthouses and hotels, you need never want for a place to stay.


What to do
Besides the festivals, this is a town that enjoys sports like handball, swimming and horse riding, golfing, mountain climbing and hiking, birdwatching and photography, all of which are open to visitors.
There are tours to the natural and historical sites, so with all there is to do, you will want to plan your stay. For example, at Krýsuvík, the hills are brightly coloured in red, yellow and green, surrounding bubbling fields of mud, overlooked by a massive, steaming vent. It’s an area outside the town, attracting over 100,000 people each year.
A cheap, regular bus service can take you into Reykjavik and, when you need to fly home, the airport buses can pick you up in the town.

Hafnarfjarðarbær
Strandgötu 6 • 220 Hafnarfirði
+354 585 5500
info@hanfarfjordur.is
www.visithafnarfjordur.is

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