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Hotels of Hafnarfjörður
A hotel in Hafnarfjörður is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Hafnarfjörður hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Hafnarfjörður are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Hafnarfjörður hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Hafnarfjörður hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Hafnarfjörður have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Hafnarfjörður
An upscale full service hotel facility in Hafnarfjörður that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Hafnarfjörður hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels in Hafnarfjörður
Full service Hafnarfjörður hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Hafnarfjörður
Boutique hotels of Hafnarfjörður are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Hafnarfjörður boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Hafnarfjörður may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Hafnarfjörður
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Hafnarfjörður travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Hafnarfjörður focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Hafnarfjörður
Small to medium-sized Hafnarfjörður hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Hafnarfjörður traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Hafnarfjörður hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Hafnarfjörður
A bed and breakfast in Hafnarfjörður is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Hafnarfjörður bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Hafnarfjörður B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Hafnarfjörður
Hafnarfjörður hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Hafnarfjörður hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Hafnarfjörður
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Hafnarfjörður hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Hafnarfjörður lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Hafnarfjörður
Hafnarfjörður timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Hafnarfjörður often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Hafnarfjörður on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Hafnarfjörður
A Hafnarfjörður motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Hafnarfjörður for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Hafnarfjörður motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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Travelling and vacation in Hafnarfjörður
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May 2008 view over Hafnarfjörður's town center
Coat of arms of Hafnarfjarðarkaupstaður
Location of the municipality
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Hafnarfjörður is a port town and municipality located on the southwest coast of Iceland, about 10 km (6 mi) south of Reykjavík.
It is the third-most populous city in Iceland, after Reykjavík and Kópavogur. Hafnarfjörður has established local industry and a variety of urban activities, with annual festival events.
The town is the site of an annual Viking festival, where Viking culture enthusiasts from around the world display reconstructions of Viking garb, handicraft, sword-fighting, etc.
Tourists with a New Age mindset enjoy a guided tour of the habitats of elves and other hidden people in the town area.
Hafnarfjörður is now arguably considered to be the rock n' roll capital of Iceland (a title that once belonged to Keflavík). Popular Icelandic bands such as Botnleðja, HAM, Sign, Lada Sport and Jakobínarína all trace their origins to the town of Hafnarfjörður.
Hafnarfjörður: Local industry
Just two kilometers (1.2 miles) outside of Hafnarfjörður is an aluminium smelter, run by Alcan. Alcan has applied for an extension for the smelter, which will make it the fourth-largest smelter in Europe. The local governing body has sold Alcan land for the extension, Alcan has received permission for the extension from the government and a deal has been struck for selling energy to the smelter, even though the neighbouring area is the only place around Hafnarfjörður with available domestic building area for Hafnarfjörður.
The smelter was originally built in 1969, and it has improved its cleaning process since then, especially regarding fluoride. The effect that the extension would have on the environment and the local residents was, though, a huge concern for the people of Hafnarfjörður.
Local elections were held in May 2006, where the people of the town voted against extension of the smelter.
Population 1910 - 2015
Hafnarfjörður takes its name (meaning harbour fjord) from the area's excellent natural harbour. The town is first named in the medieval Landnámabók, and the earliest reports of voyages to Hafnarfjörður date from the end of the 14th century. Englishmen began trading in Hafnarfjörður in the 15th century, but German merchants followed in their wake and eventually drove the English out. The first Lutheran church in Iceland was raised at Háigrandi, opposite Óseyri, just outside the small boat harbour in 1533. After that, the Hanseatic traders prevailed in town until 1602, based at Hvaleyri. At this point, the Danish monarchy established a Danish trade monopoly in Iceland which lasted until late in the 18th century. During this period, Hafnarfjörður was the nation's busiest trade centre.
In 1793, Bjarni Sívertsen settled here and became influential in local business and international trade, setting up a major commercial fishing operation. His enterprise and initiative signaled the start of impressive commerce in the town. Ever since, he has been called "the father of Hafnarfjörður" and nicknamed "Sir Bjarni." Around 1870, dramatic changes took place in Icelandic fishing. Residents followed the growing trend in Iceland of using decked boats rather than row-boats. This led to even more employment and rapid growth, and Hafnarfjörður attained official municipal status in 1908. The first mayor was Páll Einarsson, who later became the mayor of Reykjavík. The first road between Reykjavík and Hafnarfjörður was finished in 1898. The first hydrological power plant in Iceland was built in Hafnarfjörður in 1904.
The Coot, Iceland's first trawler, operated from Hafnarfjörður between 1905 and 1908. Its boiler stands by the roundabout on the junction of Reykjavíkurvegur, Strandgata and Vesturgata. A harbour for large commercial ships was raised in 1912, and the first car arrived in 1913.
After World War II, more advanced trawlers and numerous motorised ships were added to the fleet. The town's first stern trawler appeared in 1973. Today, Hafnarfjörður is one of the nation's largest fishing centers and the site of Iceland's first fish wholesalers' auction market. Through the years, Hafnarfjörður's dynamic local economy has been strongly linked to fishing, although freight transport has recently become the major harbour activity. And now, the town is Iceland's second-ranked import and export harbour.
Hafnarfjörður: Local festivals
Hafnarfjörður: Bright days
Each year in May, the Bright Days festival is held. The events include short movies and concerts and usually conclude on a day commemorating the sailors of Iceland.
Hafnarfjörður: Viking festival
Each year on the summer solstice a Viking festival is held in Hafnarfjörður. A local pub and restaurant, Fjörukráin, started the festival and maintains it to this day.
Hafnarfjörður: Swimming pools
Hafnarfjörður has three swimming pools, despite its low population. This is common for any town in Iceland, due to the geothermal energy.
Hafnarfjörður: Twin towns and cities
Uppsala, Sweden (Since 1947)
There are two major sport clubs in Hafnarfjörður the first being Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar (FH) which have won the Icelandic premier football league, Pepsi-Deildin eight times between 2004 and 2016(2004-2005-2006-2008-2009-2012-2015-2016). FH have won the Icelandic Handball league in total of 25 times and have won the cup 6 times which makes them the most successful team competing in Icelandic handball.
The second club is Knattspyrnufélagið Haukar. Haukar have a magnificent history in handball with many titles. Haukar were champions in 1943, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2015 and cup holders in 1980, 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2010.
Hafnarfjörður also has a gymnastics club, Fimleikafélagið Björk, established on 1 July 1951.
Local swimming club, Sundfélag Hafnarfjarðar (SH), was established on 19 June 1945. The triathlon club 3SH, is part of the club.
Keilir Golf Club is an 18-hole golf club and course located on the Hvalreyi peninsula.
Hafnarfjörður: In popular culture
In the 1986 novel Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy, the Soviet Union gains a dramatic strategic advantage at the beginning of the war by seizing Iceland with a Guards Airborne division transported secretly by converted freighters. When the US Marine Corps retake Iceland, they initially land at Hafnarfjörður before advancing on Keflavik. Additionally, in the novella, The Odd Saga of the American and a Curious Icelandic Flock, Snorri calls Alex in the middle of the night to tell him that he is passing through Hafnarfjörður and will be picking him up shortly for a trip to Snæfellsnes.
Hafnarfjörður: Notable people
Logi Geirsson, former handballer
Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir, children's book author
Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir, photographer, artist
Ólafur Guðmundsson, handball player
Hafnarfjörður is the home town of the famous Icelandic pop singer Björgvin Halldórsson as well as the Abstract artists, Guðmundur Karl and Patrick Karl
Emil Hallfreðsson, footballer
Geir Hallsteinsson, former handballer
Indie band Jakobínarína are from here
Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir (Yohanna) was born in Copenhagen but raised in Hafnarfjörður, she was chosen to represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia with the song "Is It True?", earning her 2nd place
Current home to Magnús Ver Magnússon
Aron Pálmarsson, handballer in THW Kiel
Jón Páll Sigmarsson, 4-time winner of the World's Strongest Man competition
Sesselja Sigmundsdóttir (born Hafnarfjörður 5 July 1902)
Gylfi Sigurðsson, footballer currently plays for Welsh club Swansea City in the Premier League
Sóley (musician), indie pop singer-songwriter
Stefán Karl Stefánsson, actor, most known for his role as Robbie Rotten on the hit children's TV series, LazyTown
Eyþór Þorláksson, musician
Hafnarfjörður: See also
List of cities and towns in Iceland
"Hagstofa Íslands". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
"Iceland: The Trawler Coot". Stampnews.com. 2004-03-13. Retrieved 2016-06-18.