The picturesque town of Hafnarfjordur, located just a stone’s throw from Reykjavík and within easy reach of Keflavík international airport, has plenty to offer its visitors: nature, art, culture, sports, Viking folklore and of course the huldufólk – the elves and trolls roaming about in the nooks and crannies of the surrounding lava fields.
Hafnarfjördur’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. Hafnarfjördur is Iceland’s third-largest town, with just over 22,000 residents. And yet that number is open to debate, since legend has it that some of Iceland’s elves and hidden people live in Hafnarfjördur’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 and whale-watching. 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.