Some facts about Iceland forum: My hometown - Hafnarfjörður

 
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Imagerannveig
Mar 10, 2010 4:15 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
My hometown, Hafnarfjörður, is about 10 -15 min. drive from the capital Reykjavík. It's the 3rd largest town in the country with a population of around 25.000. The 2nd largest, town Kópavogur is adjacent to Reykjavík. It has a population of about 30.000 people. Reykjavík has a population of about 118.000. About 2/3 of the population live in Reykjavik and the surrounding towns.

A view of Hafnarfjörður as seen from a cliff overlooking the town center.

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Imagerannveig
Mar 10, 2010 4:18 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Hafnarfjörður was an important seaport in past centuries. Fishing is still important, but other industries and commerce are also important. There is a large aluminum plant within the town limits and a large pharmaceutical company amongst other things. The town is surrounded by lavafields from an extinct volcano close by. About 25 min. away is the hot-spring area of Krísuvík.

The harbor in Hafnarfjörður.

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Imageadinamiti
Mar 27, 2010 11:03 AM CST
Name: Adina Dosan
Balotesti, Romania
Such great pics, look like paintings! How's the economy?
Adina
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Imagerannveig
Mar 27, 2010 12:33 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thanks Adina :-) Argghhh, the economy is dying a slow and painful death ....... Thumbs down

View towards Hafnarfjörður at sunrise in February....

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katie59
Apr 23, 2010 11:30 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
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Your pictures reminded me of where I group in Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S. It looks like you are at about the same latitude as Fairbanks. It makes me a little homesick . . .

Imagerannveig
May 16, 2010 5:33 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Katie - yes we're about the same latitude as Fairbanks, Alaska :-)

katie59
May 17, 2010 2:00 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
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Okay, then. That makes sense. I'll bet the summers are fantastic . . .

Imagerannveig
May 17, 2010 4:47 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
The summers are just pure magic :-)
katie59
May 18, 2010 9:21 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
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I tell people that to really appreciate northern climates, they must visit twice - summer solstice and winter solstice. It's all about the contrast between the two.

Imagerannveig
May 19, 2010 6:05 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
You're so right Katie - those are the best times to visit. And what a contrast it is! :-) I love your signature btw - so, so true!
katie59
May 19, 2010 11:07 AM CST
Name: xxa aax
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I love the simple wisdom of the old native peoples. They were all so much more connected to the cycle of life and the environment than we are.

Imagerannveig
Jun 28, 2010 7:32 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Here are a few more photos from my hometown:

October 2006 - sunset at 6:30 pm


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Imagerannveig
Jun 28, 2010 7:35 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
September 2006 - the walkway along the shore in the town center

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Imagerannveig
Jun 28, 2010 7:38 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
"Lækurinn" - the stream that runs through the center of the town.

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Imagerannveig
Jun 28, 2010 7:42 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
The viking village

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Imagerannveig
Jun 28, 2010 7:50 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Another view of the shoreline walkway

August 2006 9 pm

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Imagerannveig
Jun 28, 2010 8:02 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
The old part of town. The striped red and white building is the old lighthouse, which is the token of our town.

January 2007 - 11:30 am

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Imagerannveig
Jun 28, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
View from my street of the sunset January 2007 - 3:50 pm

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Imagerannveig
Jun 28, 2010 11:56 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Town center

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Imagerannveig
Jun 28, 2010 11:58 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Sunset June 2003 - overlooking the town and harbor

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