Hide Your Treasure and Hold On to Your Women!
Long past are the days when steel-helmeted Vikings roamed the world ravishing women, destroying villages and plundering treasure. However, Icelanders are proud of their Viking heritage and maintain strong ties with their country’s historical and legendary icons. This particular Worldwide Gifts fridge magnet photo demonstrates the ongoing presence of the Viking heritage in Iceland in a somewhat humorous fashion, creating a fun and memorable souvenir from Iceland.
One of the best places in Iceland to immerse yourself in Viking lore is the city of Hafnarfjordur, which is located about 10 km south of the capital city, Reykjavik. Every year during the summer solstice, Viking culture enthusiasts from around the world gather to recreate their favorite Viking legends and dress in costumes representing their heroes. The Hafnarfjordur Viking Festival is an opportunity for ordinary people to feel extraordinary for a few days as they dress in Viking garb, explore booths displaying Viking handicrafts, and indulge in bouts of mock sword-fighting.
What Does Hafnarfjordur Offer Besides Vikings?
Well, it can’t always be Viking Festival time, so during other parts of the year visitors to Hafnarfjordur have to look for other activities. One popular legend in the area involves stories of elves, and there are actually guided tours in the city that take visitors to see the various hidden habitats of the elves and other legendary creatures who are said to occupy the city alongside its more ordinary residents.
Hafnarfjordur is also known as the Rock-n-Roll Capital of Iceland, so if you are a fan of rock music you’ll always find a good band playing somewhere in the city. Some of the most popular bands out of Hafnarfjodur include Jet Black Joe, Panther’s Punch, Botnleoja, Vicky, Lada Sport and Sign, and you can find a rock concert in this city any time of year.