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w w w visithafnarfjordur i s 2011-2012 in the capital area only 15 minutes by bus from reykjavík close to keflavik airport only 30 minutes by bus from keflavik airport iceland your guide to a great stay in hafnarfjörður 1 w w w hafnarfjordur i s

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hafnarfjörður welcomes you www.visithafnarfjordur.is 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 south of iceland s capital reykjavík hafnarfjörður s name simply means `harbour fjord and refers to the excellent natural harbour which has iceland s longest history of continuous port trade since the 1300s hafnarfjörður is iceland s third-largest town with just over 26,000 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 favourite activity the staff of the tourist information centre is always ready to welcome you and is happy to provide any advice or information you may need during your stay 2

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contents hafnarfjörður welcomes you how to spend a day in hafnarfjörður hafnarborg center of culture and fine art hafnarfjörður museum culture and history hidden worlds horse riding hellisgerdi park elves garden take a dip camping in a sculpture park living on the lava-field krýsuvík take a sporty break festivals and events 2 4 6 7 8 9 10 10 12 13 16 18 21 22 fold-out insert map of hafnarfjörður hafnarfjörður tourist info bus line hafnarfjörður public library the community theater tourist information at the service centre in the town hall strandgata 6 · 220 hafnarfjörður opening hours mon to fri 8:00-16:00 tel +354 585 5500 · hafnarfjordur@hafnarfjordur.is a tourist information office will be open daily from 11-17 during the summer months june ­ july ­ august at hafnarfjörður museum vesturgata 8 www.visithafnarfjordur.is the publishing team do their utmost to ensure that the information published is correct but responsibility is not taken for possible technical or human error publisher the town of hafnarfjörður editor marín hrafnsdóttir text super-vision alda sigmundsdóttir anna yates and philip vogler photographs hreinn magnússon már sveinbjörnsson björn pétursson brynjólfur jónsson marín hrafnsdóttir and stefán karlsson maps Ólafur valsson cover photo kristjan maack layout fabrikan ads design www.fabrikan.is printing oddi printing ltd hafnarfjordur@hafnarfjordur.is · www.visithafnarfjordur.is w w w hafnarfjordur i s 3

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the first settlers who came to iceland appropriated large land areas for themselves and then pa belongs to the area settled by ingólfur arnarson iceland s first settler and lies between Ölfusá r Ásbjörn Össurarson as is verified by landnámabók the book of settlement Ásbjörn Össura hvassahraun including all of Álftanes and he lived at skúlastaðir today no one knows for there is nothing more icelandic than Álftanes peninsula or in the setberg area in the book of settlement hafnarfjörður is first men visiting a hot dog stand after your walk hrafna-flóki and his companions after they had livedor your dip in a pool a year these settlers return in iceland for go on be bold and með öllu or a hot dog with make it around the reykjanes peninsula and the boat ask for were towing pulled free and floated they einaon it pylsubarinn located on everything there is no better way to start your day the place hvaleyri ­ it was there than to soak on a sandspit off the found a whale in one of the three swimming fjord and called the large parking lot at fjarðargata opens that he a at 10:30 or you can go to a bakery there pools situated in hafnarfjörður swimming namednaturally warm geothermal water is one to hvaleyrarlón.isit isin fjörður shopping centre and one this natural harbour that gave hafna in herjólfshöfn very likely refers 49 both of the musts of visiting iceland for themselves and then parcelled them out to friendsanother at strandgatagoods andoffering a to the coun and relatives who laterdrinks came vide variety of baked if you are between Ölfusá river and hvalfjörður fjord hafnarfjörður became the property o not the swimming kind tler and lies a relaxing walk around the harbour area would be a good settlement Ásbjörn Össurarson son of ingólfur s brother settled the land between hraunholt choice heading for the small-boat today no one knowsinfor sights where skúlastaðir was but many consider it likely that it was marina and taking the certain sounds is smells hafnarfjörðurand first mentioned in the section called hauksbók book of hawk which describe year these settlers returned to norway but were beset by bad weather off reykjanes peninsula pulled free and floated toward herjólfur ­ it ran aground at herjólfshöfn flóki came to hafnar ­ it was there that he and herjólfur met is how the book of settlement describes their journe harbour that gave hafnarfjörður its name the first settlers who came to iceland appropriated la later came to the country hafnarfjörður belongs to the area settled by ingólfur arnarson icel became the property of ingólfur s nephew Ásbjörn Össurarson as is verified by landnámabók land between hraunholtslækur creek and hvassahraun including all of Álftanes and he lived sider it likely that it was located on the Álftanes peninsula or in the setberg area in the book of hawk which describes the travels of hrafna-flóki and his companions after they had lived in i reykjanes peninsula they couldn t make it around the reykjanes peninsula and the boat they flóki came to hafnarfjörður ­ they found a whale on a sandspit off the fjord and called the pla now is the time for an afternoon activity describes their journey the place named herjólfshöfn very likely refers to hvaleyrarlón it is why not go shopping for jewellery at one of hafnarfjörður s great jewellery iceland appropriated large land areas for themselves andriding horses designers another option is then parcelled them out to friends and at Íshestar lies has exciting tours that ingólfur arnarson iceland s first settler and whichbetween Ölfusá river and hvalfjörður fjord h leave daily at 14:00 and can suit both fied by landnámabók the book of settlement Ásbjörn Össurarson son of ingólfur s brothe novice and experienced riders Álftanes and he lived at skúlastaðir today no one knows for certain where skúlastaðir was bu area in the book of settlement hafnarfjörður is first mentioned in settlement hafnarfjörður is famous for its the section called hauksbók of hidden folk you could try to but they had lived centre of culture a year these settlers returned to norwayspot were beset by bad wea the hafnarborg in iceland for one of the hidden people yourself at and fine art they were towing pulled free and floated toward herjólfur ­ it ran aground at herj hellisgerdi park or take a guided hidden and the boatruns an ambitious program of art exhibitions and worlds tour this tour starts every tuesday and called the place leading musical events featuring hvaleyri ­ it was there thatfridayand herjólfur met is how the book of se and he at 14:30 artists from both iceland and hvaleyrarlón it is this natural harbour that gave hafnarfjörður its name the first settlers who c abroad hafnarborg is open daily friends and out to 12-5 pm except relatives who later came to the country hafnarfjörður belongs to the area s tuesdays hvalfjörður fjord.pm open thursdays 12-9 hafnarfjörður became the property of ingólfur s nephew Ásbjörn Össurarso of ingólfur s brother settled the land between hraunholtslækur creek and hvassahraun includ free admission skúlastaðir was but many consider it likely that it was located on the Álftanes peninsula or in th tion called hauksbók book of hawk which describes the travels of hrafna-flóki and his compa were beset by bad weather off reykjanes peninsula they couldn t make it around the reykjan ­ it ran aground at herjólfshöfn flóki came to hafnarfjörður ­ they found a whale on a sandsp is how the book of settlement describes their journey the place named herjólfshöfn very like 10:30am 7am or how to spend a day 2pm 2:30pm 1pm 4

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d then parcelled them out to friends and relatives who later came to the country hafnarfjörður n Ölfusá river and hvalfjörður fjord hafnarfjörður became the property of ingólfur s nephew örn Össurarson son of ingólfur s brother settled the land between hraunholtslækur creek and nows for certain where skúlastaðir was but many consider it likely that it was located on the s first mentionedabout a little history called hauksbók book of hawk which describeseverybody what in the section before lunch already lunchtime the travels of a trip to the hafnarfjörður museum is has to eat and hafnarfjörður lers returned to norwaywill never forget the mainbad weather off reykjanes peninsula.restaurants has but were beset by they couldn t something you a great variety of museum building houses ran aground you can enjoy anything from nd floated toward herjólfur ­ it two exhibitions at herjólfshöfn flóki came to hafnarfjörður ­ they one traces town history while the other a relaxing café atmosphere to e that he andfocuses on antique toys is how the book of settlement describes their journey.the town herjólfur met for children restaurants or fast food the place the museumname exhibitions at also has the first settlers who came to iceland appropriated large waiting has plenty to offer and is land areas ave hafnarfjörður its other sites so if you are in the for you to taste it o the country.mood for more history just ask to the area settled by ingólfur arnarson iceland s first sethafnarfjörður belongs free admission the museum staff property of ingólfur sfor opening hours see page 7 nephew Ásbjörn Össurarson as is verified by landnámabók the book of hraunholtslækur creek and hvassahraun including all of Álftanes and he lived at skúlastaðir hat it was located on the Álftanes peninsula or in the setberg area in the book of settlement h describes the travels of hrafna-flóki and his companions after they had lived in iceland for a eninsula they couldn t make it around the reykjanes peninsula and the boat they were towing to hafnarfjörður ­ they found a whale on a sandspit off the fjord and called the place hvaleyri heir journey the place named herjólfshöfn very likely refers to hvaleyrarlón it is this natural priated large land areas for themselves and then parcelled them out to friends and relatives who rson iceland s first settler and lies between Ölfusá river and hvalfjörður fjord hafnarfjörður dnámabók the book of settlement Ásbjörn Össurarson son of ingólfur s brother settled the d he lived at skúlastaðir today no one knows for certain where skúlastaðir was but many conhe book of settlement hafnarfjörður is first mentioned in the section called hauksbók book of d lived in iceland for a year these settlers returned to norway but were beset by bad weather off boat they were towing pulled free and floated toward herjólfur ­ it ran aground at herjólfshöfn ed the place hvaleyri ­ it was there that he and herjólfur met is how the book of settlement rlón it is this natural harbour that gave hafnarfjörður its name the first settlers who came to if you are fond of nature walks and riends and relatives who later came to the country hafnarfjörður belongs to the area settled by have a car at your disposal a trip to r fjord hafnarfjörður became the be a fine the krýsuvík area would property of ingólfur s nephew Ásbjörn Össurarson as is veriidea the famed geothermal pools r s brother settled the land between hraunholtslækur creek and hvassahraun including all of and colourful deposits there are only 25-minute it likely that it was ir was but manyaconsiderdrive from hafnarfjörður located on the Álftanes peninsula or in the setberg driving nearer the sea you can view hauksbók bookthe cliffs of krýsuvíkurbjarg famous for travels of hrafna-flóki and his companions after of hawk which describes the their birdlife y bad weather off reykjanes peninsula they couldn t make it around the reykjanes peninsula nd at herjólfshöfn flóki came to hafnarfjörður ­ they found a whale on a sandspit off the fjord book of settlement describes their journey the place namedto end a herjólfshöfn very likely refers to what is a more pleasant way fantastic day areas for delicious tlers who came to iceland appropriated large land than eating athemselves and then parcelled them meal hafnarfjörður has a wide the area settled by ingólfur arnarson iceland s first settler and lies between Ölfusá river and selection you could try a viking feast at the the book a settlement Össurarson as is verified by landnámabókviking village orofmore traditional Ásbjörn Össurarson son menu at gamla vínhúsið un including all of Álftanes and he lived at skúlastaðir today no one knowslots more to do where there is for certain a viking play hallkells-saga will be on in don t this summer at the hafnarfjörður ula or in the setberg area in the book of settlement hafnarfjörður is firsthafnarfjörður staff atbe secmentioned in the shy just ask the the theater further information at his companions after they had lived in iceland for a year these settlers tourist officeto norway but returned what might the tourist office suit you best e reykjanes peninsula and the boat they were towing pulled free and floated toward herjólfur n a sandspit off the fjord and called the place hvaleyri ­ it was there that he and herjólfur met w w w hafnarfjordur i s n very likely refers to hvaleyrarlón it is this natural harbour that gave hafnarfjörður its name 11am noon in hafnarfjörður 3pm 7pm-wee hours what else 5

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the art scene hafnarborg the hafnarfjörður centre of culture and fine art central to hafnarfjörður´s arts scene is hafnarborg the hafnarfjörður centre of culture and fine art the museum has two exhibition galleries a restaurant and a small museum shop the exhibitions explore works by leading icelandic artists ranging from contemporary art to works by the pioneers of icelandic art the collection is mostly icelandic with emphasis on works of eiríkur smith b.1925 a leading 20th century artist in iceland collection exhibitions are a regular part of the program guided tours in english upon request hafnarborg offers lunchtime concerts and chamber music regularly free admission hafnarborg has a café on the ground floor which serves light courses at lunchtime and coffee and cakes throughout the day hafnarborg strandgata 34 220 hafnarfjörður hafnarborg@hafnarfjordur.is www.hafnarborg.is tel 354 585 5790 6

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1 pakkhÚsiÐ hafnarfjörður museum more info on www.hafnarfjordur.is 2 the sÍvertsen`s-house 3 bookless-bungalow 4 siggubÆr 5 beggubÚÐ 6 gÚttó 7 the shore walk 1 pakkhúsið vesturgata 8 there are usually three exhibitions running concurrently at pakkhúsið a permanent exhibition on the history of hafnarfjörður an exhibition of toys and a short-term exhibition on a chosen theme pakkhúsið also has a small tourist information office ­ tel +354 585 5780 open daily from 11­17 in june july and august at other times of year sat ­ sun 11­17 4 siggubær kirkjuvegur 10 was built in 1902 and has been preserved as an example of the home of a labourer and a seaman in hafnarfjörður at the beginning of the 20th century open on sat ­ sun from 11-17 in june july and august 5 2 the sívertsen´s house vesturgata 6 is the oldest house in hafnarfjörður built in 1803-1805 the house has been restored to its original state and shows how an upper-class family in hafnarfjörður lived at the beginning of the 19th century open daily from 11-17 in june july and august beggubúð vesturgata 8 was built in 1906 and stood for many years in strandgata hafnarfjörður s main shopping street the building has been restored and is now situated at museum square which is behind pakkhúsið at vesturgata 8 the house is open daily from 11-17 in june july and august 6 3 bookless bungalow vesturgata 32 was built in 1918 by bookless bros ltd a scottish fisheries company it houses an exhibition describing foreign fishing enterprises in hafnarfjörður at the start of the 20th century open daily from 11­17 in june july and august the hafnarfjörður museum also opens its doors for groups by agreement at all other times gúttÓ suðurgata 7 the good templars hall has a long and remarkable history the building was constructed in 1886 as a meeting hall it has played an important role in the cultural and social life of the town open on sat ­ sun from 11-17 in june july and august 7 the shore walk exhibits photographs depicting the life and times of the people who built the town of hafnarfjordur free admission 7 art culture history

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nature nurture hafnarfjörður is famous for having one of iceland s largest settlements of elves dwarves and other mystical beings which translating from the icelandic are collectively called `hidden folk centuries-old folklore has it that whole clans of such beings reside in the rocks that make up part of the town s centre we do not doubt this at all though elves are visible only to those with second sight a great many icelanders believe in their existence indeed there is much evidence to support this belief as stories abound of instances where new roads or housing developments were under construction and strange happenings took place hidden folk enjoy a certain regard and nowhere more so than in hafnarfjörður there is even a hidden worlds tour that takes you to their home sites stopping at places like hellisgerði park and the base of the cliff hamarinn which is said to be home to the royal family of the hidden folk along the way the guide relates ancient folk tales of the magical hidden worlds and describes how the town grew and developed in harmony with the hidden folk guided `hidden worlds tours tuesdays and fridays at 14:30 during the summer months at other times by request price isk 3.900 duration 1 ½ hours hidden worlds map included information and bookings tel +354 694 2785 sibbak@simnet.is · www.alfar.is join sigurbjörg karlsdóttir the guide of the hidden worlds tour on a smartguided iphone tour on www.locatify.com hidden worlds 8

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come ride with us to ride an icelandic horse in the icelandic nature is something you have to do at least once in your life it is the most authentic icelandic travel experience for almost 30 years Íshestar has given people an opportunity to experience the icelandic horse on long and short trips horses are our passion come ride with us in the beautiful surroundings of our Íshestar riding centre you get free transport from all major hotels and guesthouses in the capital area lava tour an adventurous ride into the lava fields surrounding mt helgafell volcano to the old kaldársel sheep corral viking tour express really test the versatility of the icelandic horse heading straight into the adventure of exploring the reykjanes preservation area viking tour an amazing ride into the lava fields surrounding mt helgafell volcano kaldársel sheep corral or lake hvaleyrarvatn and heiðmörk Íshestar special tours check out our combination of horse riding and other leisure such as whale-watching a relaxing time in the blue lagoon traveling on super jeeps etc for further information check out our website www.ishestar.is call +354 555 7000 or be our friend on facebook Íshestar is the only icelandic riding tour operator with an earth check certificate we are a part of nature we care about nature www.ishestar.is 9

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nature nurture the hellisgerði public park the hellisgerði public park set in and amongst natural lava formations is said to be inhabited by elves and other supernatural beings founded in 1922 the park is one of first ornamental gardens in iceland and has been very popular with both hafnarfjörður residents and visitors throughout the years the park is situated in the heart of hafnarfjörður and draws its name from a cave ­ hellir ­ in its centre the park is renowned for its rare tree and floriculture the elf garden hellisgerði park is a small beautiful lava park in hafnarfjörður it is a magical place known for its nature beings elves huldufolk hidden people and dwarfs the elf garden is run by a local family who knows these beings and offers elf walks around the park where the elves are visited and introduced the little elf house is a small information center in the park with elf theme art works and handicrafts and you can try elf coffee and other beverages from the hidden world the elves welcome you for a unique experience more information at www.elfgarden.is or call 354 694 3153 10

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sports leisure suðurbæjarlaug outdoor pool hringbraut 77 tel +354 565 3080 weekdays 06.30 20.30 sat 08.00 18.00 sun 08.00 -17.00 admission adults ikr 340 children ikr 110 Ásvallalaug indoor pool Ásvellir 2 tel +354 512 4050 weekdays 06.30 20.30 sat 08.00 18.00 sun 08.00 17.00 admission adults ikr 340 children ikr 110 free admission for children 4 years and younger take a dip swimming in naturally warm geothermal water is one of the `musts of visiting iceland unlikely as it may sound pools are favoured meeting places as people tend to congregate in the `hot pot jacuzzis to discuss politics and current events hafnarfjördur has three pools one north of the town centre near the víðistaðatún campsite one in the southern part of town and the third one is at Ásvellir the newest part of town all pools are heated with natural geothermal water which is cooled down to a comfortable 26°c or so warmer in the `hot pots hafnarfjörður also has a number of fitness centres for those health-conscious visitors 12

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campsite operated by hafnarfjörður guesthouse the town s campsite is sheltered in a peaceful lava hollow in the víðistaðatún recreational park hot and cold water and washing facilities are available and guests have free access to the main facilities at hafnarfjördur guesthouse the campsite is situated close to the town centre and all necessary services campsite address hjallabraut 51 tel 354 565 0900 art leisure sculpture park víðistaðatún the international sculpture park at víðistaðatún comprises 16 works by artists from mexico switzerland france finland japan germany and iceland most of the works were created at the straumur arts centre in connection with art festivals held in hafnarfjörður in 1991 and 1993 after the 1991 festival which focused on sculpture 12 artists donated their works to the town of hafnarfjörður as the basis on an international sculpture park w w w hafnarfjordur i s accommodation 13

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fridaskart.is hafnarfjörður guesthouse guesthouse and campsite hjallabraut 51 hafnarfjörður · tel 565 0900 for sleeping bag accommodation as well as made up beds for single persons as well as larger groups great facilities for those who appreciate good service and beautiful surroundings yet centrally located and affordable no 23 on the map icelandic design handcraft check our prices and service www.hafnarfjordurguesthouse.is info@hafnarfjordurguesthouse.is seaweed strandgata 43 hafnarfjordur tel +354 565 5454 souvenirs feast icelandic craftsmanship seafood steakhouse strandgata 37 220 hafnarfjörður tel 565 4040 website www.nonnigull.is vesturgata 4 220 hafnarfjörður simi/tel 565 1130 fax 565 5130 © hönnunarhúsið ehf.

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viking hotel pleasant rooms with made-up beds for 1-4 shared bathrooms apartment for up to 7 with fully equipped kitchen feels like home peaceful neighbourhood near the town centre a total of 42 well-furnished and luxurious rooms with private bath the decor has a west nordic and viking theme strandgata 55 · tel +354 565 1213 booking@vikingvillage.is · www.fjorukrain.is welcome willkommen velkommen bienvenue welcome willkommen bienvenido benvenuti velkommen bienvenue bienvenido benvenuti apartments hotel one smart choice hótel hafnarfjörður is a 3 star hotel and a good choice for those who want to enjoy the freedom of staying in a studio apartment but with a full hotel service 30 minutes from keflavik3 star hotel androute to choice for only awho want todrive to hótel hafnarfjörður is a int airport on a good reykjavík those 10 minutes enjoy reykjavík city centre andin a studio apartment but with a full hotel service the freedom of staying easy access to all destinations 30 minutes from keflavik int airport on route to reykjavík only a 10 minutes drive to apartments hotel one smart choice hótel hafnarfjörður reykjavikurvegi 72 220 hafnarfjordur iceland tel +354 540 9700 fax +354 destinations reykjavík city centre and easy access to all 540 9701 info@hhotel.is www.hhotel.is hótel w w w h|a fnarfjo 72d 220 hafnarfjordur iceland tel +354 540 9700 fax +354 540 9701 info@hhotel.is www.hhotel.is hafnarfjörður reykjavikurvegi r u r i s 15

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