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Enjoy the Vibrant Town of Reykjanesbaer
Seated at the southern Iceland peninsula is the municipality of Reykjanesbær. It is consist of three combined towns of Keflavík, Hafnir, and Njarðvík which were merged in 1995. In 2006, another town, Ásbrú, was included. Reykjanesbær is a fishing town since its people has depended on the ocean for livelihood and they have lived in these areas for centuries. It is a vibrant destination for travellers who love to see the town attractions and the pristine natural wonders within and at the outskirts of the city.
Places to See and Things to Do in Reykjanesbaer
The diversity within Reykjanesbær is more than enough reason to discover the attractions and activities in this merged city. There's no shortage of cultural, artistic, historical, and modern features that are within each individual town and within the centre of the municipality. With the vast options within and outside the city, you will need a rented campervan to be able to see the most of what each town has to offer.
Hafnir is a village in the south-west with only over a hundred residents. Evidence of settlement in the area is an abandoned cabin which may be between 770 and 880. In 1881, an American ship named Jamestown got stranded in the area without anyone aboard. The lumber it carried was recovered and sold, while the ship's anchor is on exhibit outside a church.
Keflavík is a village town and its name means "Driftwood Bay". It has more than 8,000 inhabitants and is known for the German merchants and a long store history that dates since the early 15th century.
Njarðvík is also another town in south-western Iceland with over 4,000 inhabitants. It is mainly composed of two areas, the inner and outer Njarðvík. The old town is home to an old stone church (Njarðvíkurkirkja Innri) which was built in 1886.
Ásbrú is part of the former US Naval Air Station Keflavík (not under the administration of the Icelandic defense authorities). The vacant part of the base was rehabilitated and turned into a community of students, businesses, and entrepreneurs. It offers academic programs at Keilinir; it is home to the largest university campus in the country; it's considered as one of the largest business incubators in the country; and has numerous projects such as the Iceland's first international data centre.
Other top attractions and activities:
Víkingaheimar - is situated at the eastern end of Njarðvík's waterfront. It displays ancient relics and has exhibits about Norse gods.
Stekkjarkot - is a small folk museum which has been restored from an old turf house.
the Giantess - is located in the northern part of the municipality. It is based on a fictional character from Herdís Egilsdóttir’s children’s books and brought to life by local artists.
Ásmundur Sveinsson - is an impressive sculpture on the coast which is used the local kids as climbing frame. It is situated around Keflavík's Duushús area.
Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll - This museum is focused on the history of Icelandic music scene. There's a music hall of fame, instruments, cafe, shop, and audio guide.
Duushús - is a cultural centre within Keflavík. It holds a permanent exhibition of numerous miniature ships created by Grímur Karlsson through the years. It also has a gallery for international art exhibits and an evolving local-history display.
Learn more about the culture of this city by also visiting Hljómahöll Cultural Center, which is open all year round. Other museums you can visit are Kvikan House of Culture and Natural Resources, Reykjanes Museum of Heritage, Grímur Karlsson Boat Museum, Reykjanes Art Museum, and Viking World.
For fun and adventure, you can go for family friendly activities such as lake and river angling, bicycle rentals, bird watching, boat rental and tours, snorkelling and diving, geothermal baths, mini zoo and farm adventures, whale and seal watching, golfing, caving, watch the northern lights, and many others.
Where to camp?
There are many campsites within the country, but nearby Reykjanesbær you will find several that are just less than an hour away. For those who are travelling in a motor home, you can check Grindavík Campground, Garður Camping, and Camping Sandgerdisbaer. These campsites are family and RV-friendly with facilities such as electricity and water hook-ups, waste water disposal, have spectacular views, and are close to the ocean/beach, shops, and eateries.