Hafnarfjordhur slates Viking festival for June

HAFNARFJORDHUR -- The third International Viking Festival set for June 22 to 25 is expected to bring native Icelanders and Viking descendants from around the world to this Icelandic town.

Every other year, a Viking tent village is set up for this family-friendly event. The program is packed with feasting, entertainment and arts and crafts. Wrestling, games, horsemanship, martial arts and drama are part of the celebration as well as battle reenactments.

Hafnarfjordhur (meaning harbor fjord) is Iceland's third-largest town.

In addition to the festival, the town offers several attractions. The town's hardened lava flows, for example, are the setting for parks, a campground, a golf course, hiking paths, swimming pools and nature preserves.

There also are museums for those seeking indoor culture: the Hafnarfjordhur Museum of Local History; Hafnarborg, the town's Institute of Culture and Fine Art; the Icelandic Maritime Museum; the Icelandic Museum of Cinematography, and the Museum of Telecommunications.

Another noteworthy quality of the town is the attention its residents pay to the "hidden people" thought to live in the area.

According to local lore, the area's lava formations are home to elves and other "hidden folk." The planning of some streets and buildings has even been altered so as not to disturb the hidden people. A map is available from the town's tourist information center that highlights where the unseen neighbors lurk.

Hafnarfjordhur Tourist Information Center
Phone: (011) 354 565-0661
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www2.hafnarfj.is

Icelandic Tourist Board in New York
Phone: (212) 885-9700
Web: www.goiceland.org

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