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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.
Address: Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
1 Tours and Activities to Experience Hafnarfjordur
How does Reykjavik celebrate Christmas? Discover a wide variety of Icelandic traditions and customs, which include a wide range of seasonal products. The Christmas and Advent special times bring magic to Reykjavik. Together with the professional local guide, you will visit the most beautifully decorated places in the city. You will feel spellbound with the charming atmosphere in the streets which you can feel only this time of the year! You will experience Iceland from a different perspective: living an authentic white Christmas. The most wonderful time of the year is even better at Reykjavik!