Nature Walks

Just beyond the quiet buzz of Hafnarfjörður's charming streets lie dozens of spectacular nature walks. Within the environs of Hafnarfjörður, walkers, hikers, and nature enthusiasts can explore the coastline, volcanoes, lava fields, and more.

Some of the most popular walks from Hafnarfjörður include:

* Krýsuvík Geothermal Area and Cliffs --Follow the well-maintained boardwalk at Krýsuvík Seltún as it winds through the bubbling and hissing geothermal field full of craters and geysers or climb to the massive steaming vent (solfatara) at the top of the hill for a spectacular view of the crater lakes, the Atlantic Ocean, and the fields full of Icelandic horses. 

* Krýsuvík Cliffs -- Hike along the track to the end of the cliffs where thousands of sea birds nest in the rugged cliffs beside the crashing Atlantic surf. An ideal spot for bird watching.

*Helgafell –In less than two hours, you can walk the easy path to the summit of Helgafell Mountain for a panoramic view over the Reykjanes Peninsula. Surrounding the mountain are remarkable lava formations, including pseudocraters, sharply upheaved lava, and large expanses of undisturbed pahoehoe lava. Also around Helgafell are various ruins and remains, artefacts from sheep farms of long ago.

*Hleinar Country Park-- A walk along this coastal park offers the crashing Atlantic surf on the one hand, beautiful lava rocks and mosses on the other, and breathtaking scenery all around. Here too, there are numerous cultural remains, such as places for drying fish and a bird preservation area.

*Kleifarvatn Lake— Nestled below a steep mountain is the sweeping blue expanse of Kleifarvatn Lake. A small path at the water's edge jogs over black lava rocks and winds completely around lake. Don't forget to keep a look out for the lake's resident, a serpent-like monster the size of a large whale that has been spotted surfacing for two-minute intervals.

*Straumur--Amble along the seaside path to spot the remnants of a deserted village, to listen to the birds dive into the waves, or to watch the pink glow of sunset over the Atlantic.

* Hvaleyrarvatn Lake—Take the comfortable two-kilometre (1.2-mile) walking path that circles the small tranquil lake or head off on one of the trails away from the water toward the hills to loop through a hushed forest.

*Hvaleyrarhöfði and Hvaleyrarlón—These protected mud flats along the coast are popular for outdoor recreation. Bird watchers enjoy coming here throughout the year.

*Stekkjarhraun Country Park — With its attractive vegetation and cultural remains, the lava field of Stekkjarhraun Country Park provides a pleasant outdoor recreation area.


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