Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Fine Art

In the heart of Hafnarfjörður, there is Hafnarborg – The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art, housing a variety of cultural events, art exhibitions, concerts, workshops and lectures.

The museum has two exhibition galleries, changing the exhibitions regularly. The exhibitions explore works by leading Icelandic and international artists, featuring both contemporary artists as well as established artists from the early 20th century. The Hafnarborg Collection is mostly Icelandic, with a notable contribution from Eiríkur Smith (1925-2016), a leading 20th century artist in Iceland. Exhibitions from the Collection are also a regular part of the museum programme.

The museum was formally inaugurated in the spring of 1988, after Dr. Sverrir Magnússon and his wife Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir laid the foundation for Hafnarborg by donating their considerable collection of art and their house in the centre of Hafnarfjörður to the town. The Collection has grown considerably since then, both through purchases and through gifts from artists and collectors. Hafnarborg is run by the town of Hafnarfjörður and it protects the art collection of the municipality.

The museum hosts a dynamic educational program in connection with its exhibitions. Guided tours in English and Icelandic are available as well, upon request. Hafnarborg is also a popular concert hall, hosting free Midday Concerts on the first Tuesday of each month during the wintertime.

On the ground floor of Hafnarborg, there is also Krydd Restaurant, which opened in the spring of 2018, following extensive renovations and refurbishments. Krydd offers both a dinner menu, with a wide selection of courses, cocktails and beer, and a day menu, with lighter courses, cakes and coffee.