The Town of Hafnarfjordur in Iceland

Looking for an enjoyable and unique place to visit? Look no further. Take a break in Hafnarfjörður, the warm hearted town in the lava, just 10 km (6 miles) south of Iceland’s capital Reykjavík.

Hafnarfjörður’s name simply means ‘harbor fjord’ and refers to the excellent natural harbor, which has Iceland’s longest history of continuous port trade – since the 1300s.

Hafnarfjörður is Iceland’s third-largest town, with just over 28,000 residents. And yet that number is open to debate, since legend has it that some of Iceland’s elves and hidden people live in Hafnarfjörður’s lava cliffs and rocks, in peaceful coexistence with the town’s human residents. In fact, it is possible to tour the elf lands, and those with second sight may even be lucky enough to spot one or two! Naturally the town also offers plenty of more conventional outdoor activities, from golf and swimming to horse riding. Museums and galleries turn the spotlight on history, music and visual arts. And every summer hordes of Norsemen invade the town for the annual Viking Festival.

So relax and enjoy your favorite activity. The staff of the Tourist Information Center is always ready to welcome you and is happy to provide any advice or information you may need during your stay.

Nature & Elves

Hafnarfjordur is close to many of Iceland’s best natural attractions. The town was built on lava, and also surrounded by beautiful lava fields. As a whole the nature of the area is very beautiful and varied, with many outdoor areas and spectacular natural formations. Folklore is a big part of Hafnarfjordur as it is said to be one of the major location for elves.