Hafnarfjörður is Iceland’s third-largest town. The small port town is located 10 km (6 miles) southwest of Reykjavik. Check out Hafnarfjörður’s local charm, attractions, and lively harbor when you’re in the Reykjavik area!
Explore the lava fields surrounding Mt.Helgafell volcano
Horseback Riding & Lava Caving Tour
Hafnarfjörður has a robust harbor culture and more than 29,000 inhabitants. The town’s name means “harbor fjord” and is a part of the Hofudborgarsvaedid region in Iceland.
Hafnarfjordur is also known as the “Town of Elves and Lava.” It’s often referred to as the center of modern Vikings and is an artsy paradise located in the middle of a lava field. This colorful town is a must-see for anyone looking to get a look into daily life in Iceland while enjoying a few slow-paced days.
Hafnarfjordur was built on lava and is surrounded by lava fields. The early settlers came to this area with great determination to find a good life. They made their living through fishing and merchandising. Hafnarfjordur became a major trading center in Iceland. Many dreamed of Hafnarfjordur becoming the capital of Iceland.
Hafnarfjordur has always been recognized for its unique center and rich art scene and many artists move to Hafnarfjordur to find peace and inspiration. The colorful houses in Hafnarfjordur make the small town life warm and vibrant.
With the 20th century came advances in technology and Hafnarfjordur has since been looking for new ways to prosper. Besides the rich cultural heritage, Hafnarfjordur also hosts many natural wonders and is close to many attractions.
The small port town of Hafnarfjordur is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik. It’s distance is around 10 km (6 miles) southwest of Iceland’s capital city.
GPS Coordinates of Hafnarfjordur: 64°01’02.8″N, 21°57’17.9″W
Follow Road 40 North from Reykjavik for 10 km to drive to Hafnarfjordur. If you’d like to take the bus, simply catch Strætó bus number 1 from Kringlan to Hellisgerði.
According to the locals, Hafnarfjordur is sitting on a 7300-year-old lava flow that hosts a parallel universe of elves. Mysteries aside, Hafnarfjordur is indeed a land of hidden gems and nature. The town offers endless activity and sightseeing options.
A series of events and activities in or nearby have set the adventurous tone for this port town.
The Viking Village restaurants, where you can get authentic Icelandic food such as Kjötsúps (meat soup) and all sorts of meat, fish, burgers, pasta and other delicious dishes.
One of the newest restaurants and bar in the Hafnarfjordur food scene. The chef bailed on the busy downtown life and started this amazing place in central Hafnarfjordur, the locals are loving it. Something for everyone, meat, fish and veggie options!
One of the oldest restaurants in Hafnarfjordur (probably even Iceland) known for amazing fish meals. Always fresh, always of great quality and always a classic!
One of the town’s oldest. Great for trying authentic Icelandic meat options such as Icelandic horse, Icelandic lobster and minke whale.
If you are heading to Keflavík, Reykjanes or just generally in the mood for Asian this place is a great stop. Their Pad Thai is to die for.
The burger joint of Iceland and one of their shops is luckily located in Hafnarfjordur, a must for any burger lover.
Great coffee and great cakes, right next to the Sivertsen House museum a great combo.
This sourdough paradise is easy to highly recommend. This place is perfect for breakfast or lunch and the view is amazing. Their price is also fair!
Quality Coffee and the most relaxed atmosphere you will find, a true hipster paradise. Their scones are otherworldly.
There are many accommodation options in Hafnarfjordur. The town spreads wide and far over the lava field it was established on, and each part of town has its own charm and character.
The area closest to downtown Hafnarfjordur, where the museums, restaurants, shops, and cafés are located is in postal code 200, Hafnarfjörður also has postal codes 221 and 222. So, we would recommend trying to stay in 220.
Guesthouses and B&B’s