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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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  • Tjarnabraut 24
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 835-5300
Guesthouse Seaside
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  • Rafnkelsstaðavegur 11
  • 250 Suðurnesjabær
  • 898-8242
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  • Vesturbraut 3
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 857-1589
Sandgerdi Cottages
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  • Þóroddsstaðir
  • 245 Suðurnesjabær
  • 7737230, 893-7523
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  • Minna Knarrarnes
  • 190 Vogar
  • 897-6424 , 852-0285
Hotel Keilir
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  • Hafnargata 37
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 4209800
Airport Hotel Aurora Star
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  • Blikavöllur 2
  • 235 Reykjanesbær
  • 595-1900
Kef Guesthouse
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  • Grænásvegur 10
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 588-9999
Bed4u Iceland
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  • Vesturbraut 10A
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 421-5555
Blue View bed and breakfast
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  • Klettás 21
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 868-4495
Hotel Asbru
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  • Valhallarbraut 761
  • 235 Reykjanesbær
  • 426-5000
Fit Hostel by the Airport
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  • Fitjabraut 6a
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 421-8889
A. Bernhard Bed & Breakfast
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  • Vallargata 6
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 660-8152
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
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  • Aðalgata 60
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 5996100
Hotel Jazz
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  • Austurgötu 13
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 422-7900
Keflavík Micro Suites
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  • Hafnargata 65
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 766-0700
Bergás Guesthouse
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  • Grófin 8
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 8654236, 421-0088
Svítan apartment guesthouse
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  • Túngata 10 & 12
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 663-1269
KLA Suites - Keflavík luxury apartments
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  • Hringbraut 96
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 7725463
B & B Guesthouse
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  • Hringbraut 92
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 8674434, 692-7612
Northern Light Inn
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  • Norðurljósavegur / Northern Lights Road 1
  • 240 Grindavík
  • 426-8650

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New Horizons
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  • Holtsgata 52
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 857-0646
Everything Iceland
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  • Eikardalur 3
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 864-8128
Ice Top Tours
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  • Hringbraut 93
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 690 3448
Suðurnes Golf club
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  • Hólmsvöllur
  • 250 Suðurnesjabær
  • 421-4100
Northbound
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  • Flugvallarbraut 752
  • 235 Reykjanesbær
  • 539-3009
G spot Iceland
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  • Grænásbraut 1221
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 762-6201
Olgeir Andrésson
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  • Skógarbraut 1105
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 848-1186, 421-2219
Jónbjörn Breiðfjörð Edduson
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  • Smáratún 23
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 690-2211
IcelandPhotoImages.com
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  • Hvammsdalur 8
  • 190 Vogar
  • 897-2108, 553-7000
Taxi Iceland
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  • Vallargata 7
  • 245 Suðurnesjabær
  • 626-3636
FARA
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  • Framnesvegur 19c
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 537-2018
destination blue lagoon
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  • Norðurljósavegur 9
  • 240 Grindavík
  • 420-8800
Anglers.is
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  • Hafnargata 27a
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 897-3443
Iceland explore Tours
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  • Hólagata 35
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 699-4613
Ocean Front Iceland
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  • Minna Knarrarnes
  • 190 Vogar
  • 897-6424 , 852-0285
Shuttle Iceland
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  • Heiðarból 6
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 852-9509
Reykjanes Tours
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  • Hafnargata 39
  • 230 Reykjanesbær
  • 841-1448
Northern Light Inn
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  • Norðurljósavegur / Northern Lights Road 1
  • 240 Grindavík
  • 426-8650
Sandgerði Golf club
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  • Vallarhús
  • 245 Suðurnesjabær
  • 423-7802
Icelandtaxi.com
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  • Stekkjargötu 79
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 892-0501
Airport Taxi
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  • Fitjabakki 1d
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 420-1212, 520-1212
Magical Sky Iceland
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  • Guðnýjarbraut 21
  • 260 Reykjanesbær
  • 895-6364
Deluxe Iceland
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  • Flugvallarbraut 752
  • 235 Reykjanesbær
  • 490-6006

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