Hafnarfjörður is a lovely town in the vicinity of Iceland's capital city, Reykjavík, where I live. It is sometimes called the Town in the Lava, as it is built on a lava field. When you walk through this town you will see big lava rocks in some of the backyards.
Hafnarfjörður has also been called the Town of the Elves, as it is a well-known fact that the Icelandic elves (hidden people) live in lava rocks. But for the purpose of this travel-blog, I am calling it the Viking town :)
I have written several travel-blogs on the elves in Iceland, as you, who read my travel-blog, might be familiar with. But I also love writing about the Vikings - and the landmark of Hafnarfjörður town is the Viking Village!
I take all of my foreign guests to dinner at Fjörukráin in the Viking Village in Hafnarfjörður, and I never miss the annual Viking Festival. I have written another travel-blog on this very popular festival, which is now held at Víðistaðatún park in the vicinity.
The only thing left was to stay at the hotel in the Viking Village - Hotel Viking, and I got a chance to do so recently. I have often been asked about this hotel and I so wanted to stay here one day. So I was very excited when I finally got the chance to stay at this hotel. And I was not disappointed.
We stayed in a huge en-suite room with an extra large bed and beautiful rustic, Viking style furniture. And a flat-screen TV, which we didn't turn on at all though. Everything was up to par, the bed was so comfy and the duvet and linen were soft and luxurious.
I went to explore the whole hotel as I was so excited to be there. We noticed that each floor had a special theme. The first floor has a Viking style theme, the second floor had Faroese and Greenlandic names and we were on the third floor, where there were house-numbers on the rooms. And the furniture in the lounge was Viking style, made out of wood, very stylish.
There are 42 rooms at the hotel, all of them en-suite. And the latest addition to the Viking Village is 14 Viking cottages opposite the hotel, en-suite and equipped with a TV. I have just seen them from the outside though.
The view from our room was amazing. We got a corner room with west and north view. The view from the west window was of the ocean, which is just opposite the street from the hotel, and the Hafnarfjörður harbour.
And the view from the north was of the city centre and of the Fjörukráin restaurant, which is in the shape of a Stave church. Ever so beautiful, don't you agree?
There is an outside hot-pool with a roof in the backyard of Hotel Viking. I had seen photos of it in our newspaper and so wanted to try it out, as I am a sucker for hot-pools. When we visited the hot-pool it started raining cats and dogs, so we had to find a place to put our clothes so they wouldn't get soaking wet.
But the pouring rain only added to the romance, when it fell on the roof above the pool. The geothermal water was hot and lovely.
It was bright during our visit, but it must also be lovely sitting in the pool with candles in the darkness, but the pool is open until 8 pm.
There are hooks for the clothes, but better put them in a plastic bag so they don't get wet if it starts raining. We didn't bring a plastic bag and put them on the window sill of the room next to the pool.
There are bathrobes for hire at the hotel. We didn't hire a bathrobe and walked from the 3rd floor fully dressed and took our clothes off by the pool, having our swimsuit underneath our clothes. We had washed in the bathroom in our room before entering the pool, as is customary here in Iceland. But as we got out we had to dry off in the rain and wrap ourselves in our towels and walk shyly to 3rd floor again ;) So do hire or bring a bathrobe.
There is also a sauna in the backyard which has to be booked an hour before use so it can be heated up. The rock in the backyard is decorated with small figures, dwarfs etc and a prominent statue of fertility gods. And there is a lovely goldfish pond in front of the hotel. The surroundings are ever so lovely.
A terrace on the second floor has got tables and chairs and here one can sit and enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean, which is right across the street from the hotel.
After a refreshing bath in the hot-pool, we had dinner at Fjörukráin Viking restaurant. Fjörukráin is located in the second oldest building in Hafnarfjörður town, built in 1841. This restaurant is amazing, you feel like you have entered another world, the world of the Vikings! There are several dining rooms here on two floors, all of them very ornate.
I love dining here and I take almost all my foreign guests to this Viking restaurant. It is a unique experience dining in the Viking Village. The staff is dressed in Viking clothes and the environment is beautifully decorated Viking Style! Sometimes there are even singing Vikings.
The restaurant is open daily from 6 pm - 10 pm. There are several Icelandic specialities on their menu, f.ex. lamb shanks, sheep heads, minke whale, the traditional Icelandic meat soup, dried haddock, many types of fish, the traditional skyr and many other desserts.
I have noticed that lamb shanks are very popular and every time we go there somebody from the group orders lamb shanks. But you don't have to eat the specialities as you can get pizza, hamburgers and a vegetarian dish here as well.
When you visit this restaurant, which is shaped like a Norwegian Stave church, take a look upstairs, where there are several dining areas. The restaurant is so beautifully decorated and there are many interesting things to look at.
On one wall there are myriads of stuffed birds and on one wall you will see a fertility god - you can see another fertility god in the same shape in the backyard of Hotel Viking.
A Viking restaurant at Hotel Viking which serves breakfast from 7:30 am - 10:00 am. I only had coffee, but my husband had a full breakfast, which he said was very good. I usually take photos of the food, but I thought the environment was so interesting, that I was just walking around the restaurant taking photos with the coffee mug in one hand and the camera in the other hand :)
On display and for sale by the reception and in the restaurant is Viking artwork and jewellery from Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. There are some treasures to be found here; Viking drinking horns, Viking jewellery, knives and such, which make for good souvenirs from Iceland.
The surroundings at this restaurant are Viking style and here one can find the Cave bar, where kidnappings of groups take place.
You can see my photos from inside the Cave, where one can find a stuffed polar bear, all kinds of animals, including carved dragons, a statue of a seeress and all kinds of beautiful artwork.
I have heard of these kidnappings, but have never witnessed them, would love to see such a performance one day. You can book a Viking kidnapping for a group and the guests will be kidnapped from their buses. They will then be brought to the Cave and get some mead, which was the traditional Viking drink. What then happens I don't know...
If you are interested in Vikings or just want to stay in a lovely, fun hotel, then this is the hotel to choose - I had so much fun staying there. The Viking Village is located at Strandgata 5 in Hafnarfjörður, by the main street and cannot be missed.
Just look out for a big Stave church and statues of Vikings and the Norse Gods :)
Dinner at the Viking Village is included in the wonderful guided tour The Vikings & The Sagas | A Tour Through History. I have joined this tour and can recommend it.
The last dates for the Viking Festival, which is now held at Víðistaðatún park were Thursday 13th - Monday 17th June 2019. Open for visitors 13.00 - 19.00 - admittance is free of charge.