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Hafnarfjörður is old, green and charming

By Sara McMahon

  • Erla Jónsdóttir recommends a visit to Hellisgerði park. “It’s a little, green oasis surrounded by lava. Children really enjoy splashing around in the fountain in sunny weather." Photo/Jerel Lai

Erla Jónsdóttir was born and raised in the charming harbour town of Hafnarfjörður, a fifteen- minute drive from central Reyjavík. She works as a teacher at the private school, Hjallastefnan, and is married to Jóhannes Steinn Jóhannesson, head chef at the popular Slippbarinn restaurant in Hotel Marina, down-town Reykjavík. The couple has two sons, Jón Frank and Óli Steinn, and a goldfish named Maggi Rogers.

 

How long have you lived in Hafnarfjörður?
“All my life, apart from two short stints living in Garðabær, the town next to Hafnarfjörður.”

What‘s the best thing about the neighbourhood?
“The neighbourhood is old, green, rather densely populated, charming, and not too far from Reykjavík. I, myself, was raised in Hafnarfjörður, and I enjoy having my family and friends in such close proximity.”

What is a must-see or do in your neighbourhood?
1)“You should definitely bring your children to Hellisgerði park (located on Reykjavíkurvegur street). It’s a little, green oasis surrounded by lava. Children really enjoy splashing around in the fountain in sunny weather.
2)“Drop by Pallett Kompaní at Norðurbakki 1. They have excellent service and serve the best hot chocolate in town!
3)“The beachfront near Herjólfsgata street is the perfect place to spend some time with your kids. There you can play all sorts of adventure games and search for treasures such as seashells and pebbles.
4)“Pay a visit to the old swimming pool in Hafnarfjörður and unwind in the sauna and hot tubs.”

 

Hafnarfjörður is a seaside town with a population of 27 thousand. Photo/GVA

 

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