Like, many small towns and villages by the coastline in Iceland, Sandgerði owes its existences to rich fishing grounds just off the coast. Most of those towns are fairly new, in a historical sense, and rarely trace their history farther back than to the late nineteenth century. Up until that time, Iceland was mostly an agricultural society, and towns like Sandgerði consisted of a cluster of fishing farms that formed a fishing post by the seaside.
Sandgerði started its fishing venture with motorboats
Sandgerði began to develop as a fishing village in the second half of the nineteenth century when motorboats took over the rowing boats. At that time, a new breed of Icelandic entrepreneurs realized the value of fish in the international business context. They started to utilize the fishing grounds, process the fish for export and dive into the growing international food market.
Still a fishing community
Today Sandgerði has a fairly good position in the in fishing industry. The town survived the fishing quota system, created by the Icelandic government in 1990. The harbor is still the center of the town’s economy, and the town has many small boats and larger fishing vessels. In Sandgerði, some noticeable enterprises have also developed into growing tourist industry. One of the most interesting is the Sudurnes Science and Learning Center. A museum and research center, dedicated to natural science and related subjects like water and animal life near the sea. In Sandgerði, one can also find some industrial and commercial activity. Sandgerði also offers accommodation and has two restaurants. In addition, the whole area offers many opportunities for hiking and bird watching and other outdoor activities.
Sandgerði is located near the International Airport
It is not a puzzle that the tourist industry is growing since the main airport in Iceland, the Leifur Eiríksson International Airport is located in Sandgerði municipal.
Like most towns in Iceland, Sandgerði offers good service to its residents. The town has good schools, a typical outdoors swimming pool, sports center, a sports club, a golf course and a community center. The community also offers good social services and welfare. In Sandgerði, all houses are heated with geothermal heating from the Svartseingi geothermal heating and power plant.
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 Sandgerði region.