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Gardur

Outdoor enthusiasts should not miss out on the chance of visiting the town of Garður if they are traveling through the Reykjanes peninsula.On Garðskagi you can find diverse birdlife, dolphins or whales near the shore, untouched nature and an interesting regional museum with an extraordinary collection of engines.

The restaurant Flösin is very popular and the view from its balcony is beautiful. Guests can camp on Garðskagi in the magnificent nature. The facility on the campsite includes bathrooms, running water and electricity and is ideal for guests with tents, trailer tents and winnabegos. After enjoying yourself out in the nature you can visit the local swimmingpool or relax in the hot tubs.

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Gardur
GPS Points N64° 4' 11.367" W22° 39' 3.754"
Postal codes

250

Population

1550

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Others

Suðurnes Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Hólmsvöllur
  • 250 Garður
  • 421-4100
Kjartan Guðmundur Júlíusson
Tour Operators
  • Valbraut 8
  • 250 Garður
  • 868-7573

Others

Guesthouse Seaside
Guesthouses
  • Rafnkelsstaðavegur 11
  • 250 Garður
  • 898-8242
History and Culture
The Municipal Museum in Gardur

The municipal museum in Garðskagi is located in a natural paradise, which blends the beauty of the landscape with its rich animal and bird life. The museum was first opened in November 1995 in the old processing houses in Garður. The museum has both a Folk and Maritime Museum. It has an outstanding engines collection of Guðni Ingimundarson. There are over 60 engines on display and almost every one of them in functional. Many important items from the municipal history of Garður are located in the museum, items which were essential for the livelihood on both land and sea The Museum is a great point of interest for visitors as it tells the story of how fishing developed and the history of the people who lived and worked in the community. A restaurant and camping site with facilities is on site and if you are lucky you might see dolphins and whales near the shore from the terrace of the restaurant.

One of the two lighthouses in the region is open to visitors.

More information: Folk museum in Gardur and lighthouses

History and Culture
The Church at Útskálar
Einar Jónsson from Brúarhraun (1818-1891) built the foundation of the church which was consegrated in 1863. The interior of the church was painted and decorated by Áki Gränz a master painter. The church is preserved and has a modern tower design. It is made from wood. One of the most tragic events in Icelandic sea history is connected to the church. On the 8th of March 1685, 156 fishermen drowned at sea in a storm by Reykjanes.

Many of them were from North Iceland stationed in the region during the main fishing season. On the 11th March 42 were buried in the church´s graveyard and the next day another 47 bodies drifted ashore in Garður and were also buried in the same mass grave.

The Reykjanes Peninsula

Towns & Villages

Visitors to Iceland who arrive via Keflavik International Airport on the Reykjanes Peninsula may be somewhat surprised by the landscape that greets their eyes as they touch down in Iceland for the very first time. A seemingly endless, green-grey moss-topped lava field blankets the peninsula for as far as the eye can see, and it is this strange and rather other-worldly sight that is your first glimpse of the land of fire and ice. 

Map Garður Sandgerði Reykjanesbær Vogar Grindavík