Opening Hours over the Holidays

Hafnarborg is open from 12 to 5 p.m. everyday, except Tuesdays when the museum is closed.

The closing day of the current exhibitions, Japanese Design Today 100 and Through the Mink’s Eyes, will be on Saturday, December 23rd.

The museum will then be closed until the next exhibition opening on Saturday, January 20th 2018.

December 23rd – Open from 12 – 56 p.m.
December 24th–January 19th – CLOSED
Saturday, January 20th – New exhibitions open at 3 p.m.
Sunday, January 21st – Open from 12 – 5 p.m.

Opening Hours during Christmas

December 23rd     Open from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
December 24th     Closed
December 25th     Closed
December 26th     Closed
December 27th     Closed
December 28th    Open from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
December 29th    Open from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
December 30th    Open from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
December 31th     Closed
January 1st             Closed


Hafnarborg’s Museum Shop

Hafnarborg’s museum-shop focuses on Icelandic design, which has been hand picked with quality and natural materials in mind. In the store, you can find artistic gift items, tableware, jewelry, decorative items and accessories.


The shop carries work from artists, designers and makers: Habbý Ósk, Helicopter, Katariina Guthwert, Marý Marý, Reykjavík Trading company, Thing and Things, Þórdís Baldursdóttir.


In addition, the shop has a selection of books and catalogues related to the museum’s exhibitions and high quality cards with prints of artwork from the museum’s collection.


The shop is open during the museum’s opening hours, everyday from 12 – 5 p.m, closed on Tuesdays.


Summer Workshops in Hafnarborg

This summer, Hafnarborg will offer workshops for children, 6–12 years old. The groups will go on field trips in Hafnarfjörður and basic techniques of art will be introduced through discovery of the environment, by viewing the museum’s exhibitions and through creative work and play. The children will work on creative projects in different media with the purpose of training visual focus and stimulate creative thought and personal expression.

Two workshops are available for 6–9 year olds and 10–12 year olds:

June 9–16. From 9 am–12 pm, for 6–9 year olds,
6 days 13.000 ISK

June 9–16. From. 1 pm–4 pm, for 10–12 year olds,
6 days 13.000 ISK

June 20–July 1. From 9 am–12 pm, for 6–9 year olds,
10 days 19.000 ISK

June 20–July 1. From 1 pm–4 pm, for 10–12 year olds,
10 days 19.000 ISK

The workshop costs 13.000 ISK for 6 days or 19.000 ISK for 10 days.

Registration is through or through Íbúagátt Hafnarfjarðar.

For more information, please contact Hafnarborg by telephone, 585 5790, or by email,

Happy New Year!

We would like to wish you happy holidays and a joyous New Year and thank you for a great year in Hafnarborg 2015. We look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming exhibitions in 2016.


Hafnarborg Publishes a Book about Eiríkur Smith

Hafnarborg proudly introduces a publication of an art book on the painter Eiríkur Smith, which was published in alongside the exhibition, Conversing with Existence, now on display in Hafnarborg.

The book, which bears the same title as the exhibition, talks about Eiríkur Smith’s diverse carrier as a painter and is full of beautiful photos of Eiríkur’s work on every page. Aðalsteinn Ingólfsson, Heiðar Kári Rannversson and Aldís Arnardóttir own texts in the book in addition to Ólöf K. Sigurðardóttir who is also the curator of the exhibition and the book’s editor.


Eiríkur Smith’s (f. 1925) career is both long and wide-ranging. He has addressed painting as a form of expression and created works that bare witness to a unique grasp on different styles ranging from geometric abstraction to expressive abstract painting, and realism. The human figure is often in the foreground while the landscape and human creations form a powerful framework. His approach has gone through numerous changes in line with the times, and also due to the artist’s active pursuits into new territory.


Conversing with Existence is the fifth and last exhibition in a exhibition series that Hafnarborg started in 2010 where five different periods have been introduced from Eiríkur Smith’s long and diverse carrier.

The book comes in five different book covers, with a painting on from each period. Buyers can therefor choose their favorit to own. The design was in the hands of Ármann Agnarsson.

The book is for sale in Hafnarborg’s museum store and in other bookstores in Reykjavík, Iceland.


Hafnarborg on Social Media

You can follow Hafnarborg on Facebook and Instagram to see photos and get information on exhibitions and events within the museum.


Installing an exhibition.


Costume dress-up day in Hafnarborg and children drawing during a summer art workshop.


Fun and play in Hafnarborg during filming for an exhibition by Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir.


Installing a video piece by Tumi Magnússon and a school visit in Hafnarborg.


A concert from the concert series Hljóðön.


A studio visit with Kristbergur Pétursson and a photographic piece by Pétur Thomsen.


Hafnarborg Closed – Installation of New Exhibitions

This week, November 2nd – November 6th, Hafnarborg will be closed as we are installing a new exhibition, Conversing with Existence which features paintings by Eiríkur Smith. The exhibition will open Saturday, November 7th at 3 p.m.

This is the fifth and last exhibition in a series of exhibitions presenting different phases of Eiríkur’s long carrier. Conversing with Existence features oil and watercolor works from 1983-2008.

Read more on the exhibition here.


Ágústa Kristófersdóttir New Director of Hafnarborg

Ágústa Kristófersdóttir has been hired as director of Hafnarborg – The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art.

Perviously Ágústa worked as the director for The Museum Council of Iceland and before that as the curator for The National Museum of Iceland and the head of the exhibition department of The Reykjavík Art Museum.

Welcome, Ágústa, from the staff of Hafnarborg.


No Site – Exhibition Closes Early

The exhibition No Site in Hafnarborg will be closed an hour earlier next Sunday August 9th, at 4 p.m. instead of 5 p.m.

This is due to a special birthday reception in the museum for the Icelandic painter Eiríkur Smith (b. 1925) who is turning ninety years old the same day.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The exhibition will be open again as usual on Monday 10th of August from 12 -5 p.m.