Hafnarfjordur is Iceland’s third-largest town, with just over 25,000 residents and opportunities for whale watching and horseback riding. The sheltered fishing town is built in a lava field located in the south-west of Iceland, just a 10 minute drive from the capital city Reykjavik. The port is capable of accommodating three berth cruise ships and this year is anticipating an increase in business.
This year the port will receive its largest ever visitor, 93,000gt MSC Poesia with a length of 300m and draught of 7.6m. In addition to this, Compagnie du Ponant’s new cruise ship, Le Boreal is expected to make a visit. The Port of Hafnarfjordur is expecting 13 calls this year of which five will be turnarounds; this is a massive increase in comparison to previous years.
There are various activities for the passengers of the visiting cruise ships in and around Hafnarfjordur. There are also numerous day excursions to the Iceland countryside including three tours in the surrounding area. The most popular of three is the Golden Circle, which includes a visit to Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. The geothermal area of Krysuvik is located just 20 minutes away, as well as the world renowned Blue Lagoon Spa.
As well as this, every summer, hordes of Norsemen invade the town for the annual Viking Festival. The colourful Viking festival involves Viking enthusiasts from all around the world gathering in the town to enjoy the various activities and events for all the family to enjoy.
The Port of Hafnarfjordur has implemented a new website in response to the potential summer rush. The new website provides up-to-date information ideal for all the summer visitors.