How to spend a day in Hafnarfjörður
- 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.
- 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. The museum also has exhibitions at other sites, so if you are in the mood for more history, just ask the museum staff. Open daily from 11-17 in June, July and August.
- 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 leave daily at 14:00 and 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. Driving nearer the sea, you can view the cliffs of Krýsuvíkurbjarg, famous for their birdlife.
- 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.
- Hafnarfjörður is famous for its settlement of Hidden Folk. 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.
- What is a more pleasant way to end a fantastic day than eating a delicious meal? Hafnarfjörður has a wide selection. 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!