Get off the beaten track and take bus number 1 from downtown Reykjavík for 20 minutes to Hafnarfjörður. Harbour Village is perfect to explore on foot, with free museums, curious little jewellers, cafés, boutiques and galleries.
Enjoy the cosy hangouts and the family-run restaurants that serve a variety of tasty dishes. Take a stroll along the beautiful harbour. For the history enthusiasts, visit the Hafnarfjörður Museum for a journey through the town's rich heritage, and enjoy contemporary art at Hafnarborg Art Museum. See the fascinating view at Hamarinn cliff. Have a round of golf at Keilir golf course, surrounded by lava and with views to Snæfellsjökull glacier. Take the children to Víðistaðatún playground and spot elves in Hellisgerði Lava Garden. Last but not least, have a soak in one of the three fantastic thermal pools there are to choose from.
Geothermal Swimming Pools
With an endless supply of geothermal water, it's not surprising that swimming pools and hot tubs have become a quintessential part of Icelandic culture. All visitors to Iceland MUST try the famous warm-water pools. In Hafnarfjörður, like other parts of the country, pools are extraordinarily popular and well frequented. Neighbors congregate in the ‘hot pots' (hot tubs), which are favored meeting spots for discussing politics and current events.
All pools are heated with natural geothermal water, which is cooled down to a comfortable 26°C (79°F) (warmer in the ‘hot pots'). Some of the pools have fitness centers for health-conscious visitors.
Hafnarfjörður is home to three excellent pools, so be sure to take a dip!
Sundhöll Hafnarfjarðar: Built in 1943, this handsome indoor pool by the sea is the oldest in town. Features two outdoor hot tubs and a sauna.
Suðurbæjarlaug: An outdoor pool with two water slides, outdoor hot tubs, steam bath, a small indoor pool and a gym.
Ásvallalaug: A large indoor swimming pool with a water slide, children's pool, steam bath, and hot tubs both inside and outside.