On the 26th of October in 2013 there was a gathering in the District Museum and Sívertsen´s house to celebrate the 250th anniversary of my ancestor Bjarni Sívertsen. There was a lovely celebration with talks on Bjarni Sívertsen and his wife. They were the founders of Hafnarfjörður town and their house, Sívertsen´s house, is the oldest house in Hafnarfjörður.
A relative of mine from Australia, Christine, who is a descendant of Bjarni Sívertsen, decided on visiting Iceland for the first time in her life to attend the celebrations. She had found me through VT and we had been in touch for a couple of years before she finally arrived here in Iceland. She was asked by the representative of the museum, Rósa, to hold a speech on her relations to Bjarni.
We spent several days here together, some of them with representative of the museum, and had a lovely time - the wonders of VT, eh :)
Fondest memory: A lot of my relatives attended the celebrations so it was a kind of small family reunion on the day of Bjarni Sívertsen´s 250th anniversary. My great-grandmother had 15 children so that part of my family is big, and that is only one branch of Bjarni Sívertsen´s decendants.
Favorite thing: In this town, you'll see plenty of the typical Icelandic houses with corrugated tin siding. I've read that they often are protecting a wood frame exterior. Apparently many homes here were built with timber or planking that's washed ashore over the centuries.
Viking-themed restaurant hotel, right on the waterfront in the town center. My travel guidebook says that the waitstaff is made up of Viking warriors and maidens in traditional costumes. (translation: you better leave a big tip!) Perhaps a little touristy?
Apparently, the "specialit? de la maison" is the classic Icelandic specialty of putrid shark meat. But lots of fresh seafood too, appropriately enough.
Favorite thing: There's a functional and convenient shopping area in the center of Hafnarfj?rdur. I got some money out of an ATM, and stopped in a small grocery to purchase an orange and some water.