Garðabær

  • Garðabær is a town in where the President of Iceland resides, at Bessastaðir
    Garðabær is a town in where the President of Iceland resides, at Bessastaðir
  • Garðabær has always been a very affluent community
    Garðabær has always been a very affluent community
  • Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
    Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
    Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
    Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
    Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
    Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
    Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
    Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
    Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
    Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
    Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
    Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland
    Garðabær is a town in the Capital area, near Reykjavík, Iceland

Garðabær is one of the most affluent towns in Iceland and has quite often had the highest income per Family compared to other municipals.  Population in 2016 was 14.717, so it is also one of the larger municipalities in Iceland. Like its neighboring town Kópavogur, it has grown from a small village in the fifties to a relatively large town in recent years compared to other communities in Iceland.  Both towns have gained an advantage from its location near Reykjavik,  the capital of Iceland.

A small village acquired a new role

Interestingly Garðabær has been around, in a sense,  since Iceland´s first settlement in the 9th century. Ath that time Vífill, a slave of Ingólfur Arnarson Iceland’s first settler, became a free man started a farm and household at Vífilsstaðir. Because of the short distance from Reykjvavík Garðabær is more of a suburb rather than a town.  The town offers good service and has excellent schools, good health care,  an active sports club and sports facilities and many other impressive services.  Most people that live in Garðabær consider the service the town offers of good quality, and Garðabær a beautiful place to live.  The Independent party, the right-wing party in Iceland, has ruled Garðabær as long as oldest people can remember as we say in Iceland.
Two of the best golf courses in Iceland are in Garðabær.  Urriðavöllur located in a beautiful setting, in lava surroundings at the southeast edge of Garðabær.  Urriðavöllur is considered one of the top golf courses in Iceland. The other golf course is the Garðabær golf club located near Vífilsstaðir. 

Moving to service commerce and industry

In recent years, Garðabær has both developed a new town center and a relatively large industrial and commercial area.  In the center, you can find interesting businesses and also the Museum of Design & Applied Art.  Some of the leading industrial companies are located in Garðabær industrial area, among them Marel.  In the commercial area, you can also find the only IKEA store in Iceland.  Unfortunately, for those who would be interested in staying in Garðabær, there are few restaurants or accommodations in the town.

The home of the Icelandic president

Álftanes point is a part of Garðabær.  Bessastaðir farm, located in Álftanes is a farm that has a prominent place in Iceland’s history.  And more importantly, it is the home of the Icelandic president.  All of our four presidents have lived there from the time Iceland gained independence from Denmark in 1944.  Garðabær shares ownership of Heiðmörk, a stunning outdoor recreational area, with Reykjavík and Kópavogur.  Entrance into the southeast area of Heiðmörk is nearby the Urriðavöllur golf course.   Heiðmörk is one of the most exciting places around the Capital Area.  It has many interesting hiking paths and is ideal for a relaxed hiking tour in beautiful surroundings.

Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin Garðabær

Below is the location of Garðabær on the map of Iceland

Tours and things to do in Reykjavík Iceland

Find an interesting tour in Reykjavík. A tour in Reykjavík or a day-tour to nearby natural wonders, a scenic drive or an adventure tour if you are ready for action.

Golden Circle tour with Secret Lagoon

Step away from the crowd, the rush, and speed and enjoy the top sights and attractions in the south-western part of Iceland, without all the traffic. Take a convenient bus tour in a smaller bus and with a smaller group (max 16) at a time when fewer visitors are around. Why chase the crowds when you can enjoy the wonders of Iceland in a more friendly setting?  This peaceful excursion takes place in the afternoon and lasts into the evening and allows plenty of time to explore, view and photograph all the spectacular wonders.  And remember that evening in Iceland is bright during spring, summer and into the autumn. 

Þórsmörk tour

Þórsmörk is one of the most spectacular places in Iceland.  It is one of the most accessible areas in the Highland, a deep valley, and oasis cornered with glaciers on three sides.  It is truly a place of ice and fire as one of the glaciers; Eyjafjallajökull has recently erupted with glowing lava flowing into two parts of Þórsmörk.
2 presons minimum

Snæfellsnes Peninsula day tour from Reykjavík

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of the Regions in Iceland that offers an impressive scenic drive, many exciting attractions and natural wonders.  At the end is the Snæfellsjökull glacier towering over the landscape and dominating the view with its mystical power. A power sensed by many locals and visitors alike and inspired literary giants like Jules Verne and our Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxnes. 
3 persons minimum 

Landmannalaugar

Explore one of the most exciting places in the Icelandic highland in a super jeep day tour from Reykjavík.  Experience the magnificent colors of rhyolite mountains,  visit a beautiful waterfall, meet Hekla the active volcano and take a dip in the most famous geothermal pool in Iceland.   

This tour is operated from Reykjavík and offered to visitors in Reykjavík and the Capital City neighbors towns. The Golden Circle tour is the most popular adventure tour in Iceland and for many good reasons. It is a trip easily doable in a day from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland, a place most of our visitors begin their journey in Iceland, and also because the tour offers a stunning view of fascinating natural wonders. Also a tour of history and geology. History as the first stop is at Iceland’s most valued historical (and almost holy) places and Geology, as you will take a breath-taking look at the various states of earth’s most vital resource, water.  This tour has it all and takes you to lakes, rifts, geysers, waterfalls, rivers and glaciers.