"Hafnir village and the lovely church." Reykjanes Things to Do Tip by Regina1965
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Hafnir village is one of the small villages on Reykjanes with a population of only ca 87 people. Together with KeflavÝk and NjarvÝk Hafnir is now called ReykjanesbŠr. Hafnir used to be a thriving, big hamlet, but with new fishery technology people moved to other villages in Reykjanes.
The oldest church in Reykjanes is in Hafnir and is called Kirkjuvogskirkja church. It dates back to 1861 and behind it are remains of a settlement lodge which was found by excavation in 2002.
In front of the church there is a big anchor (see my last photo) which came from a deserted ship, Jamestown, which landed by Ësabotnar in 1881. It was a huge ship full of fine wood which was used for building timber houses in the vicinity.
The biggest fish drying company in Iceland, Haustak, is located between Hafnir and Reykjanesviti lighthouse. Their produce is mainly exported to Nigeria and Scandinavia. The fish is dried by geothermal heat, coming from Reykjanesvirkjun power station. Haustak is the only food company, that we know of, that uses this method for drying. The owners of Haustak are VÝsir and Ůorb÷rn in GrindavÝk village.
Two of our most beloved pop singers, the siblings Elly and Vilhjßlmur grew up in Hafnir. Their songs make me ever so nostalgic.
Directions: Hafnir is 13 km away from KeflavÝk International airport exactly where road 425 Nesvegur turns into road 44 Hafnavegur. And ca 10 km from Reykjanesviti lighthouse.
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