Hafnarfjordur, built in a lava field just 10 minutes drive from Reykjavik offers opportunities for whale watching and horse-riding. For those cruise ships calling in June, passengers can experience the colourful Viking festival where Viking enthusiasts from all around the world gather in the town to enjoy the numerous events.
Located in the south-west of Iceland, Hafnarfjordur is expecting a massive increase in business for 2010. Last year, the sheltered fishing port, which can accommodate three berth cruise ships, had four calls and about 1,600 passengers. ‘Next year we are expecting 11 calls and around 7,000 passengers,’ Mar Sveinbjornsson, director, Port of Hafnarfjordur, informed Seatrade Insider.
Sveinbjorsson informs the three most popular tours are the Golden Circle with Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss as main attractions; the geothermal area of Krysuvik located just 20 mins away, the world renowned Blue Lagoon Spa and a city tour including Bessastadir where the Icelandic President resides in Reykjavik.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year the Port of Hafnarfjordur’s goal is to reach 15 plus cruise calls by 2015 with around 10 to 15,000 passengers, Sveinbjornsson added.