Hotels in Hafnarfjordur

Hotels & Accommodation in Hafnarfjordur

Explore the wide range of hotels and guesthouses in Hafnarfjordur that will meet your expectations. Find your place to stay, just outside of the capital in the 'town of elves.'

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Why stay in Hafnarfjordur?

Hafnarfjordur is located on the picturesque south coast just outside Reykjavik and is a great destination for travelers seeking a more tranquil experience when visiting Iceland. The town is known for its rich history and colorful houses, as well as the breathtaking lava fields that surround it. Because of its location, Hafnarfjordur offers both the tranquility of a smaller town but also easy access to the capital's amenities and attractions. It also makes it an ideal base for the greater Reykjavik area, the Reykjanes peninsula, and the stunning South Coast of Iceland.

In addition to its strategic location, Hafnarfjordur offers a rich cultural experience steeped in history and folklore. Known as the "Town of Elves and Vikings," Hafnarfjordur is home to several attractions that showcase its unique heritage, such as the Viking Village, the Hafnarborg Centre for Culture and Fine Art, and the Hafnarfjordur Museum. Staying in a hotel in Hafnarfjordur allows guests to immerse themselves in the local culture and experience authentic Icelandic life.

Another benefit of staying in a hotel in Hafnarfjordur is the opportunity to explore the town's natural surroundings. The area boasts an abundance of outdoor activities, such as hiking, horseback riding, and birdwatching, allowing guests to connect with Iceland's pristine landscapes. Some popular outdoor attractions in and around Hafnarfjordur include the Hellisgerdi Park, a beautiful lava park believed to be inhabited by elves and hidden folk; the Hamar Golf Course, which offers stunning views of the surrounding lava fields; and the nearby Heidmork Nature Reserve, a haven for hiking and birdwatching enthusiasts.

Staying in a hotel in Hafnarfjordur also provides easy access to a range of dining options, from traditional Icelandic cuisine to international fare. Many hotels offer on-site dining or are located within walking distance of various restaurants and cafés, making it convenient for guests to sample the local flavors. Additionally, the town hosts several events and festivals throughout the year, such as the annual Viking Festival and the Bright Days cultural festival, which celebrate Hafnarfjordur's rich history and traditions.

In summary, choosing to stay in a hotel in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland offers numerous benefits for travelers seeking a more relaxed and authentic experience. With its strategic location, rich cultural heritage, and proximity to both urban attractions and natural wonders, Hafnarfjordur is an ideal base for exploring the best that Iceland has to offer.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best hotel in Hafnarfjordur?

The best hotel in Hafnarfjordur is Hotel Vellir, rated 4.1 out of 5 stars by over 400 travelers. With its location on the edge of town near Lake Astjorn, it's ideal for nature walks while still being in the Greater Capital Area, with a 15-minute drive to downtown Reykjavik. Within walking distance of the hotel, you can find a public swimming pool, a supermarket, and a gym. There are other attractions near the area including Lake Kleifarvatn and the Krysuvik geothermal area.
Travelers can choose among a wide array of rooms available, from an Economy Double, which is ideal for budget travelers, to a Family Room, which can host up to 4 visitors.

What are the best hotels near Viking Village?

If you want to stay close to the Viking Village, book your accommodation in the town center or close to the harbor. You can also spend the night in the Viking-inspired Hotel Viking, which will give you a unique experience and allow you to try the local cuisine in a nearby restaurant.

Can I get an early check-in at a hotel in Hafnarfjordur?

Early check-in is possible, but hotels can't promise it in advance. This option is dependent on check-outs and the availability of free rooms. Contact the hotel in Hafnarfjordur and ask for early check-in if you are arriving in Iceland in the morning. The reception staff will be happy to help and will allow you to arrange an early check-in if possible.

Can I find hotels with on-site dining options in Hafnarfjordur?

Some hotels offer on-site dining options, like the Hotel Viking, which has a fully furnished restaurant styled after a Viking house. Additionally, many accommodations are within walking distance of various local dining options.

Are there any hotels with a gym or fitness center in Hafnarfjordur?

Yes, some hotels offer easy access to a fitness center. A great option is Hotel Vellir, located next to a fully equipped gym.

Is it necessary to rent a car while staying in Hafnarfjordur?

Renting a car is not necessary for exploring Hafnarfjordur itself, as most attractions, shops, and restaurants are within walking distance. However, if you plan to visit other parts of Iceland or the surrounding areas, renting a car may be a convenient option for getting around. Public transportation options, such as buses, are also available for traveling between Hafnarfjordur and nearby cities like Reykjavik.

What is the average price range for hotels and accommodations in Hafnarfjordur?

The price range for hotels and accommodations in Hafnarfjordur varies depending on the type of lodging, amenities, location, and season. The price can range anywhere from 57 USD to higher than 120 USD per night.

Do hotels in Hafnarfjordur offer a free shuttle from Keflavik International Airport?

There is no free airport shuttle to hotels in Hafnarfjordur. Some places may offer an airport transfer, but in this case, you have to be prepared for an additional cost. The International Airport in Keflavik is located less than 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Hafnarfjordur, and the best option to get to the city is by shuttle bus, taxi, or renting your car at the airport upon arrival in Iceland.

What trips can I take if I book a hotel in Hafnarfjordur?

Most day and multi-day trips start from Reykjavik. When you find the tour you are interested in, check the pickup place that is closest to your hotel and get there by rented car or bus.

What part of Hafnarfjordur should I stay in?

One of the best locations to stay in is near the harbor. There you will find comfortable modern properties or traditionally furnished, cosy places where everyone will feel relaxed. No matter in which part of Hafnarfjordur you stay, you can easily enjoy all the amenities offered by the city.

Should I book accommodation in Hafnarfjordur if I want to see the northern lights?

The northern lights in Iceland are visible from September to April, in all regions in the country. For the best chances of seeing the northern lights, it's essential that the place where you observe the sky is far from artificial light coming from the city. If you choose to stay in a hotel in Hafnarfjordur, you can quickly get out of the city and into the dark outskirts where you can see the aurora more clearly.

Do hotels in Hafnarfjordur offer free parking, free WiFi and local breakfast?

Many hotels in Hafnarfjordur offer free parking. Only the number of parking spaces can be limited. All hotels have free WiFi, and some also have breakfast included in the price. Take a look at the available hotels in Hafnarfjordur on our accommodation page and choose the best place for you.

When is the best time to visit Hafnarfjordur?

The best time to visit Hafnarfjordur depends on your interests and preferences. The summer months (June to August) offer milder weather, long daylight hours, and more outdoor activities, while the winter months (November to February) provide opportunities for northern lights viewing.

Are there hotels in Hafnarfjordur with facilities for disabled guests?

Many hotels and accommodations in Hafnarfjordur provide facilities for disabled guests, such as accessible rooms, ramps, or elevators. It's important to contact the accommodation provider in advance to ensure they can cater to your specific needs and requirements.
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