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What you should know about Hafnarfjordur

The old town is one of Hafnarfjörður’s key attractions; a picturesque harbor with narrow winding streets, lined with quirky wooden buildings, it’s a pretty picture-postcard spot. Surrounded by nature and lava formations, and thought to be inhabited by Icelandic elves, Hafnarfjörður is a hotspot for traditional outdoor pursuits, ranging from horseback riding to whale watching, to the less conventional ones such as elf spotting and Viking reenactments. A Hafnarfjörður vacation is a fun and laid-back getaway to the great outdoors and a dream destination for adventurers wanting to experience the quirkier side of Iceland.

Hotels in Hafnarfjörður


A small town, Hafnarfjörður has few accommodations, but those that exist range from hotels and apartments to guesthouses. The Hotel Hafnarfjörður is a well-reviewed Hafnarfjörður accommodation, in a central village location near the Elf Garden. The hotel offers well-appointed rooms and apartments, with the advantages of full hotel amenities including housekeeping and a laundry service. Additionally, the hotel provides free Wi-Fi and a free buffet breakfast. The Hotel Viking is a budget-friendly Hafnarfjörður hotel in close proximity to the town center, offering its guests affordable accommodation, two on-site restaurants, a spa, and a sauna.

Things to do in Hafnarfjörður


Hafnarfjörður is an area known for natural pools including the Sundhöllin, Hafnarfjörður’s historic pool and the town’s hot tubs are popular places for travelers and locals to gather and chat about life. The Suðurbæjarlaug swimming pool, however, is a favorite; boasting an indoor and outdoor pool, hot pools, a steam bath, and water slide. A world of magic and mystery lies in this town, famed for its otherworldly community of elves and dwarves that dwell in the village. Enjoy the Hidden Worlds tour where visitors can discover the elfin homes, the Hidden Folks Royal Family residence in Hamarinn, and Hellisgerði Park’s Elf Garden and lava park. Viking culture is alive and well in Hafnarfjörður, and the Scandi Viking history is honored with a yearly festival that draws international crowds for battle demonstrations, archery, games, and music. Or why not go horse riding in the Burfell lava fields, climb the Helgafell Mountain, or head out to sea for a whale-watching tour.

Good for outdoor adventurers.


A charming seaside town, home to wildlife and natural wonders, Hafnarfjörður offers a myriad of stores, galleries, cafes, and restaurants in a bustling community that’s just 7 miles from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík. Surrounded by geothermic springs, panoramic vistas, lakes, and mountains, visitors can make the most of the areas outdoor pursuits. Home to an annual 6-day Viking festival held in June and the favored neighborhood of Iceland’s mysterious little folk, who have set up home in the lava rocks, Hafnarfjörður successfully secures its place as a destination that delivers more than your average vacation.

How to get to Hafnarfjörður


Just 25 miles from Reykjavík Keflavík Airport, transportation options are varied when traveling to the capital but come to an abrupt stop if you’re planning on journeying beyond the city. Consequently, hiring a car is by far the best option, or you will be relying heavily on taxis. If you’re still adamant that public transportation is the way forward, you can board the Reykjavík Excursions from the airport to Reykjavík and then jump in a cab for an 11-minute journey to Hafnarfjörður. The airport provides car rental firms, so once you’ve picked up the keys, you could be in your Hafnarfjörður hotel in just half an hour.

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