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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.

GPS Points N64° 4' 11.367" W22° 39' 3.754"
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Suðurnes Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Hólmsvöllur
  • 250 Garður
  • 421-4100
Kjartan Guðmundur Júlíusson
Tour Operators
  • Valbraut 8
  • 250 Garður
  • 868-7573


Guesthouse Seaside
  • Rafnkelsstaðavegur 11
  • 250 Garður
  • 898-8242
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

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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