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Settlement

The first Icelandic settlers, who came to Iceland around 874 AD, were chiefly of Nordic extraction, mostly from the west coast of Norway. In Iceland they could farm just as they had in the old country, raising livestock and crops. There were rich fishing grounds just off the coast, and the sea also produced other benefits such as driftwood, walruses, birds and whales. Ingólfur Arnarson, the first settler, claimed all the land west of the Ölfusá river, which is now called the Reykjanes peninsula. He then allocated land to five men and one woman. Steinunn the Aged was a relative of Ingólfur: he gave her the northern part of the peninsula, for which she repaid him with a knitted coat. She gave her close relative Eyvindur the land that is now called Vogar. Ingólfur gave land to two other relatives: to Herjólfur Bárðarson the land from Hafnir to the tip of Reykjanes, and to Ásbjörn Össurarson the area between his own land and that of Eyvindur. Moldar-Gnúpur settled in Grindavík and Þórir haustmyrkur ("autumn darkness") settled to the east of Grindavík.
Settlement
GPS Points N63° 56' 5.978" W22° 41' 7.071"

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Sandgerdi Cottages
Farm Holidays
  • Þóroddsstaðir
  • 245 Sandgerði
  • 423-7748, 893-7523
Fit Hostel by the Airport
Hostels
  • Fitjabraut 6a
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 421-8889
Airport Hotel Aurora Star
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  • Blikavöllur 2
  • 235 Reykjanesbær
  • 595-1900
A. Bernhard Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast
  • Vallargata 6
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 421-2399
I-stay
Camping
  • Byggðavegur
  • 245 Sandgerði
  • 854-8424
Ocean Front Iceland
Apartments
  • Minna Knarrarnes
  • 190 Vogar
  • 897-6424 , 852-0285
Nordic Guest House Keflavík
Guesthouses
  • Vesturbraut 10a
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 421-1933
B & B Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hringbraut 92
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 867-4434, 692-7612
Home Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Þórsvellir 2
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 897-1827
Guesthouse 1X6
Guesthouses
  • Vesturbraut 3
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 857-1589
Hotel Jazz
Hotels
  • Austurgötu 13
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 422-7900
Raven´s Bed
Guesthouses
  • Sjávargata 28
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 7774478, 6808868
Blue View bed and breakfast
Bed & Breakfast
  • Klettás 21
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 868-4495
Little White Castle
Guesthouses
  • Aðalgata 17
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 861-6811
Guesthouse Seaside
Guesthouses
  • Rafnkelsstaðavegur 11
  • 250 Garður
  • 898-8242
Hotel Ásbrú
Hotels
  • Valhallarbraut 761
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 426-5000
Waterfowl Hunters of Iceland
Cottages
  • Syðri-Steinsmýri
  • 880 Kirkjubæjarklaustur
  • 694-1259
Svítan apartment guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Túngata 10 & 12
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 663-1269
Alex Guesthouse by Keflavik Airport
Hotels
  • Aðalgata 60
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 421-2800
Northern Light Inn
Hotels
  • Norðurljósavegur / Northern Lights Road 1
  • 240 Grindavík
  • 426-8650
Bergás Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Grófin 8
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 865-4236, 421-0088
Keflavík Micro Suites
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  • Hafnargata 65
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 766-0700
Hotel Keilir
Hotels
  • Hafnargata 37
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 420-9800

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DreamVoices
Day Tours
  • Guðnýjarbraut 21
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 895-6364
New Horizons
Travel Agency
  • Holtsgata 52
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 857-0646
Jónbjörn Breiðfjörð Edduson
Day Tours
  • Smáratún 23
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 690-2211
Total Tours
Day Tours
  • Heiðargerði 18
  • 190 Vogar
  • 699-6698
Everything Iceland
Day Tours
  • Eikardalur 3
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 864-8128
Shuttle Iceland
Day Tour Provider
  • Heiðarból 6
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 852-9509
Sandgerði Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Vallarhús
  • 245 Sandgerði
  • 423-7802
Waterfowl Hunters of Iceland
Cottages
  • Syðri-Steinsmýri
  • 880 Kirkjubæjarklaustur
  • 694-1259
Iceland explore Tours
Travel Agency
  • Hólagata 35
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 699-4613
Localguides.is
Day Tours
  • Hraunsvegur 2
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 779-7779
Valtýr Gunnlaugsson
Day Tours
  • Heiðargerði 18
  • 190 Vogar
  • 699-6698
destination blue lagoon
Day Tours
  • Norðurljósavegur 9
  • 240 Grindavík
  • 866-6900
Awol
Day Tours
  • Keilisbraut 771
  • 235 Reykjanesbær
  • 861-2050
Anglers.is
Day Tours
  • Hafnargata 27a
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 897-3443
Deluxe Iceland
Travel Agency
  • Flugvallarbraut 752
  • 235 Reykjanesbær
  • 490-6006
Airport Taxi
Taxi
  • Fitjabakki 1d
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 420-1212, 520-1212
Olgeir Andrésson
Day Tours
  • Skógarbraut 1105
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 848-1186, 421-2219
Northern Light Inn
Hotels
  • Norðurljósavegur / Northern Lights Road 1
  • 240 Grindavík
  • 426-8650
Discover Wild Iceland
Day Tours
  • Hvammsdalur 8
  • 190 Vogar
  • 897-2108, 553-7000
Reykjanes Tours
Day Tours
  • Hafnargata 39
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 841-1448
Damian Wojciechowski
Day Tour Provider
  • Grænásbraut 1221
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 762-6201
Suðurnes Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Hólmsvöllur
  • 250 Garður
  • 421-4100
Ocean Front Iceland
Apartments
  • Minna Knarrarnes
  • 190 Vogar
  • 897-6424 , 852-0285

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