Grindavík fishing town near the Blue Lagoon

  • Grindavík is a town in the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland
    Grindavík is a town in the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland
  • Grindavík is a town in the Reykjanes peninsula near the Blue Lagoon
    Grindavík is a town in the Reykjanes peninsula near the Blue Lagoon
  • Grindavík is a wonderful town to visit
    Grindavík is a wonderful town to visit
  • Grindavík is church
    Grindavík is church
  • Preschool in Grindavík
    Preschool in Grindavík
  • Old houses and the  old church in Grindavík
    Old houses and the old church in Grindavík
  • Grindavík is a very active fishing town
    Grindavík is a very active fishing town
  • A young boy learning the trade in Grindavík Icaland
    A young boy learning the trade in Grindavík Icaland
  • The harbor is the center of life in Grindavík near the Blue Lagoon
    The harbor is the center of life in Grindavík near the Blue Lagoon
  • Agriculture still has its place in Grindavík
    Agriculture still has its place in Grindavík
  • People in Grindavík decorate their homes on the day of the fisherman
    People in Grindavík decorate their homes on the day of the fisherman
  • Day of the fisherman
    Day of the fisherman
  •  Most homes ar single family houses in Grindavík
    Most homes ar single family houses in Grindavík
  • The fishing industry is large in the town of Grindavík
    The fishing industry is large in the town of Grindavík

As a municipal, Grindavík located at Reykjanes Peninsula is one of the most interesting towns on the Icelandic coastline.  Interesting from the point of view of being a typical Icelandic fishing town and it is one of few towns in Iceland which survived the fishing quota system, created by the Icelandic government in 1990. A quota system that hit many fishing towns hard.   In recent decades, the fishing industry in Grindavík has grown and thrived in sharp contrast to most former fishing towns along the coastline. 

One of the most active fishing towns in Iceland

Grindavík has many large and small fishing vessels and is one of the most important fishing harbors in Iceland.  The harbor is one of only two harbors, on the whole, south coastline.  Accordingly a large portion of its residents works in the fishing industry.  The town has grown steadily in recent years and has, in addition to the fishing industry, embraced the growing tourism in Iceland.  The community has welcomed to enhance options and enterprises in the local economy.  In Grindavík, one of the best camping grounds in Iceland opened recently.  As the town is not far from the Capital Region and Reykjavík, many of its residents work in Reykjavík.  So overall Grindavík has a fairly strong economic base.

Grindavík has a long history of good municipal management

Grindavík has a long reputation of being exceptionally well managed as a town.  The town offers typical service to its residents, as offered by any municipal in Iceland.  The sports club is strong in both soccer and basketball, and the town provides excellent sports facilities.  Schools and kindergarten are good, an excellent swimming pool, a library, and healthcare.

As old as the Book of Settlement?

In Iceland, it is custom to brag about and enhance historical events, even small ones, connected to your town or farm or yourself as an individual.  Grindavík has the advantage over many other municipals in Reykjanes peninsula, being mentioned in the book of Settlement.  So it is fair to mention that Molda-Gnúpur Hrólfsson settled in Grindavík around the year 900.

Grindavík is the "home town" of the Blue Lagoon

In recent years, maybe because of increasing tourism, most towns, and villages in Iceland have built museums.  In Grindavík, there is the Icelandic Saltfish Museum, dedicated to catching cod, and processing and exporting salt fish, which is historically the bread and butter of Grindavík. 

If you are going to visit the Reykjanes Peninsula Region in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Grindavík region.

Only a few kilometers from Grindavík is the jewel in the tourism crown in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon.  The Blue Lagoon is probably the most popular tourist destination in the country and possibly the best-known tourist attraction in Iceland. 

Below is the location of Grindavík on the map of Iceland