How to spend a day in Hafnarfjörður

Did you know that parking is free and admissions to museums too!

There is no better way to start your day than to soak in one of the three swimming pools situated in Hafnarfjörður. Swimming in naturally warm geothermal water is one of the “musts” of visiting Iceland!

If you are not the swimming kind, a relaxing walk around the harbour area would be a good choice, heading for the small-boat marina and taking in the sights, sounds and smells. 

There is also many designs shops worth visiting. We suggest you take a look at the main shopping street, Strandgata and then head for the marina. It's a beautiful scenery along the seaside.

What about a little history before lunch? A trip to the Hafnarfjörður Museum is something you will never forget. The main museum building houses two exhibitions. One traces town history, while the other focuses on antique toys for children. Open daily from 11-17 in June, July and August.  In winter the museum is open on weekends. Free admission.

Already lunchtime? Everybody has to eat, and Hafnarfjörður has a great variety of restaurants. You can enjoy anything from a relaxing café atmosphere through quaint family restaurants to fast food. The town has plenty to offer and is waiting for you to taste it!

Now is the time for an afternoon activity. One option is riding horses at Íshestar, which has exciting tours that can suit both novice and experienced riders.

If you are fond of nature walks and have a car at your disposal, a trip to the Krýsuvík area would be a fine idea. The famed geothermal pools and colourful deposits there are only a 25-minute drive from Hafnarfjörður.

The Hafnarborg Institute of Culture and Fine Arts presents an ambitious programme of art shows and musical events. The galleries stay open daily from 11-17, except Tuesdays. Free admission.

Hafnarfjörður is famous for its settlement of Hidden Folk and Elves. You could try to spot one of the hidden people yourself at Hellisgerði Park or take a guided Hidden Worlds tour. This tour starts every Tuesday and Friday in June, July and August at 14:30, other times by request.  And then there is the Elf Garden in Hellisgerði´s Park (our Lava Park) offering guided Elf walks with a seer, and elf oracle card reading.  Make sure to visit their tiny coffee shop.  Open during summer 13-17 every day excepts Mondays and also upon reqest.

To end a fantastic day in Hafnarfjörður why not have a delicious meal? You could try a Viking feast at the Viking Village, excellent seafood at the restaurant Tilveran or a more traditional menu at Gamla Vínhúsið. 

There is a lot more to do in Hafnarfjörður. Don't be shy - just ask the staff at the information office what might suit you best! 

Tourist Information

At the Service Centre in the Town Hall
Strandgata 6
Open Monday to Friday 8-16. Tel. +354 585 5500
At weekends a tourist information is at Hafnarfjörður´s Museum,  Vesturgata 8. Tel +354 585 5780



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