Hafnarfjörður

  • Part of the town center is charming and filled with beautiful houses
    Part of the town center is charming and filled with beautiful houses
  • One of the striking characteristics in Hafnarfjörður is the harmony between lava and houses
    One of the striking characteristics in Hafnarfjörður is the harmony between lava and houses
  • The Viking Village is the center and home of the annual Viking Festival
    The Viking Village is the center and home of the annual Viking Festival
  • The harbor is one of the most important parts of Hafnarfjörður
    The harbor is one of the most important parts of Hafnarfjörður
  • There are so many old and renovated homes in Hafnarfjörður
    There are so many old and renovated homes in Hafnarfjörður
  • The town center is the saddest part of this beautiful Icelandic town, an architectural disaster
    The town center is the saddest part of this beautiful Icelandic town, an architectural disaster
  • Hafnarborg, although in the center, is an important cultural center for fine arts in Iceland
    Hafnarborg, although in the center, is an important cultural center for fine arts in Iceland
  • Hafnarfjörður developed one of the largest industrial areas in Iceland some years ago
    Hafnarfjörður developed one of the largest industrial areas in Iceland some years ago
  • Some of the lovely houses are actually quite old
    Some of the lovely houses are actually quite old
  • Another view on the awful town center that killed the most charming part of Hafnarfjörður
    Another view on the awful town center that killed the most charming part of Hafnarfjörður

Hafnarfjörður consists mostly of residential areas and two relatively large industrial areas in addition to the crucial harbor.  This third largest town in Iceland has thus more characteristics of a town rather than just a suburb from Reykjavík.  The population is 28.189 in 2016 acording to offical numbers.  Hafnafjörður like Kópavogur and other towns in the larger capital city area has gained considerably from its neighbor Reykjavík.  One could argue that Reykjavík municipal lacked significantly in urban planning and land development for years with the consequences that both businesses and people floated to the neighboring towns. 

Hafnafjörður is an attractive town with a significant history

In recent decades, the growth has been extensive in Hafnarfjörður.  Unlike Kópavogur and Garðabær though the town has a much deeper and longer history.  The name Hafnarfjörður has a clear historical reference.  It means the bay of harbor.  From early on, as far back as the 15th century, Hafnarfjörður was a trading post and later became a significant trading center.  The harbor was also important in developing the fishing industry and fishing trade in Iceland from the early 18th century.  Over the year’s new techniques in fishing and initiative in the fishing industry came from Hafnarfjörður.  Today the fishing industry is still important to the town´s economy.

Hafnafjörður, unfortunately, has a rather sad town center

The center of Hafnarfjörður is the oldest part of the town. Built on a beautiful slope that gives the town a unique character.  Some of the old houses are quite impressive, and the old town is beautiful.  Interestingly many of the old houses have been renovated in recent years, and many are gorgeous.  Sadly a major mistake occurred in Hafnarfjörður when the town’s main street and the center was rebuilt, two or three decades ago.   Instead of rebuilding old houses and keep the town’s character, authorities decided to build huge and clumsy buildings in the center that totally overshadows the old and interesting part of the town.

People who live in Hafnarfjörður love it

Hafnarfjörður provides excellent serves for its residents.  Most people that live in Hafnarfjörður are quite satisfied with the schools, kindergarten, swimming pools, sports teams and the welfare system for young and old in the community. Most would agree that living in Hafnarfjörður is nice. One of the most active and interesting cultural centers in Iceland is in Hafnarfjörður, Hafnarborg − The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art.  Hafnarborg is probably one of the leading cultural centers in showing exciting fine art, both new and old. 
From 14th to 17th of June every year, Hafnarfjörður becomes a modern day paradise for Vikings and people interested in Viking history.  Just days before Summer Solstice the town celebrates the growing and popular Viking Festival.

Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin Hafnarfjörður

Below is the location of Hafnarfjörður on the map of Iceland

Tours and things to do in Reykjavík Iceland

Find an interesting tour in Reykjavík. A tour in Reykjavík or a day-tour to nearby natural wonders, a scenic drive or an adventure tour if you are ready for action.

Aurora Borealis in Iceland

Pursuing the Northern Lights around Reykjavík in a small group

Iceland is a perfect place to see the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis.  If conditions are right, the Northern Lights can be seen in all regions.  Reykjavík and nearby countryside is an excellent place to search for and see the Northern Lights. Come with us as we search for the best place to experience this unique phenomenon.

Reykjavík
2 Day South Coast Tour - Blue Ice cave - Jökulsárlón - and more

Blue Ice cave - Waterfalls - Jökulsárlón iceberg lagoon - Black Sands at Reynisfjara 

Join this tour along Iceland’s south coast to discover the unique landscape, natural blue Ice cave, glacier tongues, icebergs, lava fields, volcanos, black beaches, mighty rivers, and magic waterfalls.

Global Warming and Climate change adventure tour in Iceland

With a combination of travel and lectures, Geocamp Iceland and Hit Iceland offer a unique opportunity to get a view of and understand how climate change is affecting our planet in the form of a tour.  The trip takes you through exotic locations of volcanoes, glaciers, ice tongues, canyons, craters, lagoons, deep highland, small fishing towns, and other relevant and interesting places.  Our approach for this tour is based on geology, environmental science, and changes in nature.  We will also visit fishing villages to highlight how changes in the environment and natural resources affect various communities and their economy.

Northern Lights tour in Reykjavik

Iceland is one of the best places on the planet to see the Northern Lights.  This tour will take you to see this spectacular phenomenon near Reykjavík. We bring you away from the city lights to a place where the likelihood of a spotting Aurora Borealis increases even further. The destination varies, of course, depending on cloud cover, clear skies, aurora strength and likelihood of a sighting.  Visitors should be aware that although the tour endeavors to show the northern lights to as many of our guests as possible, seeing them is not guaranteed.  In winter weather always plays a large part in Iceland.

Golden Circle tour with Secret Lagoon

Step away from the crowd, the rush, and speed and enjoy the top sights and attractions in the south-western part of Iceland, without all the traffic. Take a convenient bus tour in a smaller bus and with a smaller group (max 16) at a time when fewer visitors are around. Why chase the crowds when you can enjoy the wonders of Iceland in a more friendly setting?  This peaceful excursion takes place in the afternoon and lasts into the evening and allows plenty of time to explore, view and photograph all the spectacular wonders.  And remember that evening in Iceland is bright during spring, summer and into the autumn. 

Þórsmörk tour

Þórsmörk is one of the most spectacular places in Iceland.  It is one of the most accessible areas in the Highland, a deep valley, and oasis cornered with glaciers on three sides.  It is truly a place of ice and fire as one of the glaciers; Eyjafjallajökull has recently erupted with glowing lava flowing into two parts of Þórsmörk.
2 presons minimum

Snæfellsnes Peninsula day tour from Reykjavík

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of the Regions in Iceland that offers an impressive scenic drive, many exciting attractions and natural wonders.  At the end is the Snæfellsjökull glacier towering over the landscape and dominating the view with its mystical power. A power sensed by many locals and visitors alike and inspired literary giants like Jules Verne and our Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxnes. 
3 persons minimum 

Landmannalaugar

Explore one of the most exciting places in the Icelandic highland in a super jeep day tour from Reykjavík.  Experience the magnificent colors of rhyolite mountains,  visit a beautiful waterfall, meet Hekla the active volcano and take a dip in the most famous geothermal pool in Iceland.   

Geysir hot spring in Haukadalur

This tour is operated from Reykjavík and offered to visitors in Reykjavík and the Capital City neighbors towns. The Golden Circle tour is the most popular adventure tour in Iceland and for many good reasons. It is a trip easily doable in a day from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland, a place most of our visitors begin their journey in Iceland, and also because the tour offers a stunning view of fascinating natural wonders. Also a tour of history and geology. History as the first stop is at Iceland’s most valued historical (and almost holy) places and Geology, as you will take a breath-taking look at the various states of earth’s most vital resource, water.  This tour has it all and takes you to lakes, rifts, geysers, waterfalls, rivers and glaciers.