Flights to Hafnarfjordur
This town on the south west coast of Iceland is actually spelt Hafnarfjorour, but it’s often anglicized as Hafnarfjordur. The town is just 10 kilometres from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, and is the country’s third largest town.
Flights to Hafnarfjordur arrive at the Keflavik International Airport (airport code: KEF), about 40 kilometres to the west of the city. There are some public buses but you may find that renting a car is more convenient. Most flights to Hafnarfjorour from South Africa have 2 connections, but you can get 1-stop flights with Virgin Atlantic or Air France. They connect in London and Paris, respectively. A 2-stop flight to Hafnarfjordur with Lufthansa will bring you through Frankfurt and Oslo.
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The Tourist Attractions of Hafnarfjordur:
Hafnarfjordur isn’t exactly overflowing with tourist attractions but there are a few things that make this town unique from others in Iceland. First are the elves, but more on that below! Hafnarfjordur is also a good place to visit if you’re interested in culture and enjoy festivals, as the town hosts several every year, plus there are museums here too.
In Iceland, elves are known as Huldofolk (meaning ‘hidden folk’), and the town of Hafnarfjordur is said to be one of their most popular places to live. Of course, being hidden people you’re very unlikely to actually see an elf, but there are tours available from the town of all the places where elves are thought to live which are mainly within the huge boulders around Hafnarfjordur.
The oldest parts of Hafnarfjordur have kept some of the traditional old buildings, and this makes a great place to go wandering around, admiring the cute construction and old Icelandic charm of these buildings.
Museums in Hafnarfjordur
Hafnarfjordur has several museums in the centre of the town. One is the town museum where you can find out more about the history and culture of the town. There’s also a maritime museum that celebrates the rich maritime heritage of Hafnarfjordur.
Hafnarborg is the name of the Hafnarfjordur Centre of Culture and Fine Arts and it has a number of temporary exhibits across the year as well as a permanent exhibition that displays both Icelandic and international artists.
Scenery in Hafnarfjordur
You don’t have to walk more than a few minutes out of the centre of Hafnarfjordur to come across some of Iceland’s beautiful scenery. There are beaches very close by, or slightly further and you’ll see lava flows, and views over Hafnarfjordur.
Festivals in Hafnarfjordur
Hafnarfjordur has a couple of festivals every year including the Viking Festival and the Bright Days Festival. The Viking Festival is held over the summer solstice, while the Bright Days Festival is in May.
When Should You Visit?:
As you might expect the climate in Hafnarfjordur is cool to cold, but because of the Gulf Stream it never gets extremely cold here. The average high over the summer, July and August, is a lowly 13C, so bring warm clothing! Either side of these months the temperature has already gone down by several degrees, and by January the average high is just 1.9C.