Sandgerði is a small fishing town in Reykjanes Peninsula

  • The oldes house in Sandgerði town in Iceland
    The oldes house in Sandgerði town in Iceland
  • Most of the houses in Sandgerði are single family houses
    Most of the houses in Sandgerði are single family houses
  • The old community center in Sandgerði at Reykjanes Peninsula
    The old community center in Sandgerði at Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Street in Sandgerði town in Iceland
    Street in Sandgerði town in Iceland
  • Houses in Sandgerði town in Iceland
    Houses in Sandgerði town in Iceland
  • Camping site in Sandgerði town in Iceland
    Camping site in Sandgerði town in Iceland
  • Single family house in Sandgerði at Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland
    Single family house in Sandgerði at Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland
  • A new center in Sandgerði in Iceland
    A new center in Sandgerði in Iceland
  • Sandgerði town is a town in the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland
    Sandgerð towni is a town in the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland
  • The shop at Sandgerði town in Reykjanes Peninsula Iceland
    The shop at Sandgerði town in Reykjanes Peninsula Iceland
  • Fishing industry is still contributing to the Sandgerði economy
    Fishing industry is still contributing to the Sandgerði economy
  • Many boats have their home base in Sangerði
    Many boats have their home base in Sangerði
  • Old lighthouse in Sandgerði
    Old lighthouse in Sandgerði
  • Houses in Sandgerði town in the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland
    Houses in Sandgerði town in the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland
  • New houses in Sandgerði town in the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland
    New houses in Sandgerði town in the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland
  • School in Sandgerði town in the Reykjanes Peninsula
    School in Sandgerði town in the Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Main street in Sandgerði town in the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland
    Main street in Sandgerði town in the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland

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.

Below is the location of Sandgerði on the map of Iceland