Looking for an enjoyable and unique place to visit? Look no further. Take a break in Hafnarfjördur, the warm-hearted town in the lava, just south of Iceland?s capital Reykjavík.
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 25,000 residents. And yet that number is open to debate, since legend has it that many 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. 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.
Approach & Aids to Navigation
Vessels with a draft of 7 metres and more approaching Hafnarfjordur are warned that shoals exist in pos. 64° 04' 48'' N, 022° 08' W or 1.5 miles in 260° direction from the Valhusagrunn buoy.
Vessels awating a pilot will find good anchorage 1.0 nautical mile SE of the outer buoy (Valhusagrunn) at Lat. 64° 04' N, Long. 022° 02' W. Water depth is between 25 and 30 metres.
Pilotage is compulsory for all foreign vessels entering or leaving the port. Pilots usually board vessels 1.0 nautical mile SSE of the outer buoy. Smaller vessels and masters familiar with the port are invited to process to the inner buoy (Helgasker).
Vessels approaching the harbor must notify ETA pilots on VHF channel 14 or Mobile Telephone +354 825 2303 at least two hours prior to arrival.
Prevailing SE-SW winds. Current state of the weather is at the right on the screen.
Tidal variation is up to 4.5 metres. Average spring tide 3.9 metres, neap 1.5 metres.
One tug with 15 ton bollar pull and one with 4 ton pollar pull are operated at the port. Other tugs are ordered from nearby ports.
The port has access to mobile cranes with a maximum lifting capacity of 150 tonnes.
Bunker services by ships and mobile tankers are available 24 hrs a day.
Waste disposal for all kinds of waste available on demand, by specialaized service companies.