The luxury MSC Poesia cruise ship docked in the Port of Hafnarfjordur, Iceland recently and became the largest ship ever to dock in the harbour. The cruise was also the first to arrive in Hafnarfjordur for the summer season.
The fishing village of Hafnarfjordur is Iceland’s third-largest town, built in a lava field just a 10 minute drive from the capital city, Reykjavik. The town offers opportunities for whale watching, horse-riding and for those cruise ships calling in June, passengers can experience the colourful Viking festival where Viking enthusiasts from all around the world gather in the town to enjoy the numerous events.
Passengers aboard the cruise ship went on sightseeing tours in the surrounding area to see Gullfoss and Geysir, whilst others travelled to the geothermal area of Krysuvik and the Blue Lagoon. City sightseeing tours to Reykjavik also took place whilst children from the local schools in Hafnarfjordur entertained passengers and crew members with music and drama performances in the harbour.
There has been a substantial increase in the amount of cruise ships coming to Hafnarfjordur since last year, all in all 13 cruise ships will be docking this year, in comparison to the 4 last year. There are another 12 cruise ships scheduled to dock in Hafnarfjordur this year, including the MS Astor which is due to dock on Monday 21st June.