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Towns

There are five municipalities on the Reykjanes peninsula.

They cover 826 km2 of Iceland. The peninsula inhabits a population of 22.000 in six main settlements, each with its own character and activities on offer.

Garður has a magical view over the Faxaflói Bay and is the perfect place to end a good day, wathching the Icelandic midnight sun from the picturesque old lighthouse. Garður is also a home to a highly successful local history museum.

Grindavík is an active fishing village near the world famous Blue Lagoon Spa – deservedly one of the North Atlantic‘s biggest attractions and a superb place to relax on any day of the week. Grindavík has a good veriaty of activities counting several galleries and museums, swimming pool and spas, quad biking and good lake fishing. The village is known for healthy and delicious local food and its emphasis on outdoor living.

Reykjanesbær is the biggest municipality on the Reykjanes peninsula and the de-facto regional hub. Just five minutes from the airport, it‘s the ideal place to start your vacation, to shop for supplies, dine out, or stay for a longer time. Here you‘ll find plenty of activities and sevices, including one of Lonley planet top choises, the Viking World exhibitions, with its full-size Viking longship. The town also prides itself on being the cradle of Icelandic pop and rock music – a very welcome cultural influence from the nearby former U.S. military base. It‘s no surprise then that this is where you find Iceland‘s Museum of Rock 'n' Roll.

Sandgerði is located on the Western part of the peninsula and a haven of peace and tranquility at the very edge of Europe. At the harbor you will find restaurants, galleries and the Suðurnes Science and Learning Centre – a great introduction to Icelandic natural history and not only for the kids. There you'll also find the magnificent Attraction of the Poles exchibition, dedicated to the work, life and death of the French medical doctor, explorer and polar scientist Jean-Baptiste Charcot. The scenic route along the shoreline from Hafnir to Sandgerði recently opened, making the journey part of the pleasure.

Vogar is situated in a place of natural beauty, surrounded by the unspoiled countryside and great hiking trails – not least due to the Stapinn bird cliffs and the iconic Keilir cone volcano; a fairly easy climb with rewarding unobstructed views for miles.

Gardur

Outdoor enthusiasts should not miss the chance to visit the town of Garður as they travel around Reykjanes Peninsula. Located in proximity to prime fishing grounds, Garður was once the most populated village on the peninsula. Nearby Garðskagi, at the very tip of the peninsula, provides magnificent sea views and two picturesque lighthouses. The area is known for its diverse birdlife, seals and dolphins that sometimes swim near the shore, white sand beaches and an interesting heritage museum with a collection of old machines on display. Garður is the hometown of the lead singer of the popular indie band Of Monsters and Men.

Local restaurant Röstin is very popular and the view from its balcony is beautiful, especially at sunset. Ideal for guests with tents, trailers and motorhomes, facilities at the local campsite include toilets, running water and electricity. Take a dip at the local swimming pool and relax in the hot tubs- a perfect way to end a busy day of sightseeing.

Grindavik

Grindavík, a family-oriented village, is one of the nation's strongest fishing industry townships, and home to well-established processing plants and a large fleet of fishing ships.


Situated in a dramatic landscape of lava fields right next to the Atlantic Ocean, Grindavik boasts breathtaking natural beauty with priceless gems of nature, such as Eldvörp, Selatangar, Gunnuhver, Brimketill, the fierce lava, the Reykjanes Light House, and much more.


With the Blue Lagoon, the nation's most popular tourist destination, on it's doorstep, Grindavik has enjoyed a tremendous growth in tourism. Grindavik welcomes and accommodates tourist with many services including a new camping area with state of the art facilities that opened in Grindavík in the summer of 2009.
The area surrounding Grindavik offers endless opportunities for adventure, from dramatic hiking trails, to bird-watching from the cliffs along the shore of Reykjanestá. Visitor's can also tour a volcano, hike through caves, fish for trout, rent an ATV, or a horse, or just enjoy the countless sightseeing venues. From its 18-hole oceanside golf course to the Saltfisksetur Íslands, and a selection of great restaurants, Grindavik offers every imaginable service that a tourist might need.
Grindavík - a vibrant village that inhabitants fondly call home, welcomes you.

Reykjanesbaer

The Town of Reykjanes is a young and vibrant rapidly growing town on Reykjanes peninsula. There has been a significant increase in number of citizens in Reykjanesbær in the past years and they are now 14.100. Reykjanesbær profits by its closeness to the capital and it is also located at Iceland's borders at the gate to the rest of the world. At the same time other boundaries have vanished and now Ásbrú, the former US naval base has been transformed into an innovative and progressive educational community.

The town boasts of diverse recreational options and just on the town's doorstep there is pristine nature. With the new Ósabotnaroad the possibility of a roundtrip of Reykjanes peninsula with all its recreation and spectacular scenery opens up before driving back to the capital on the four lane and lit Reykjanes highway (41).

Sandgerdi

Sandgerði is one of the Iceland’s major fishing communities and is located on the very northern tip of the peninsula. There are interesting things to do in the town, including birdwatching and golfing. A large variety of handmade souvenirs are on offer at the Listatorg souvenir shop and one can also take in the nature and research exhibits at the Suðurnes Science and Learning Center.

It is possible to rent a quiet summer house on the north side of town and a camping site with all the necessary facilities recently opened. A newly constructed road takes you right around the coastline, passing Hvalsnes church, Stafnes village and onwards to Hafnir village.

Vogar

The municipality of Vogar connects the Reykjanes peninsula with the capital area of Reykjavík. The municipality covers 200 km2 of land, 30 km of the coastline from Hafnarfjörður to Reykjanesbær to the mountain ridge of Grænadyngja. 

The town of Vogar is the center for services for the municipality.  There one can find various services and can enjoy a walk along the sea, watch the birdlife by Vogatjörn pond and the monument Íslands Hrafnistumenn by Erlingur Jónsson. The monument is in memory of fishermen from the area. In August The Family Day is held in the town of Vogar, and then the town comes alive with people of all ages enjoying themselves together.

At Kálfatjörn you will find an excellent 9 hole golf course, which is played around one of the largest wooden churches in Iceland. In the district of Vatnsleysuströnd are several landmarks, among them are Mount Keilir, Háibjalli, Snorrastaðatjarnir, Hrafnagjá and Staðarborg. Outdoor enthusiasts should therefore take a look at the district of Vatnsleysuströnd.

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