With its natural fjords encircled by lava fields and bustling port bobbing with fishing boats, Hafnafjörður makes a lively alternative to neighboring Reykjavík and at just a 20-minute drive from the capital, it’s become a popular retreat for both locals and tourists. As the gateway to the scenic Reykjanes peninsula, Hafnafjörður’s spectacular surroundings are its main draw and hiking, bird watching, horse riding and whale watching cruises are all popular activities.
There’s plenty to see and do in the town itself too, and visitors can soak in one of Hafnarfjörður’s three thermal pools, learn about the town’s history at the Hafnarfjörður museum, explore the bubbling mud pools at Hellisgerdi Lava Park or visit for one of the many atmospheric seasonal events, like the annual Viking Festival in June or the festive markets held over the Christmas period.
Hafnarfjörður is located on the Reykjanes peninsula about six miles (10 km) south of Reykjavik and can be reached by bus year-round.
- The Pearl (Perlan)
- National Museum of Iceland
- National Gallery of Iceland
- Hallgrim's Church (Hallgrímskirkja)
- Árbaer Open Air Museum (Árbaejarsafn)
- Hofdi House
- Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús
- Volcano House
- Harpa (Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre)
- Skarfabakki Cruise Terminal
- Thrihnukagigur Volcano
- Saga Museum