Keflavík, Harbor

Keflavík, Harbor

Photo by Chmee2/Valtameri (Wikimedia Commons)

Motorhoming in Garður

Photo by Reykholt (WIkimedia Commons)Lighthouse near Hafnir on the Reykjanes Peninsula Photo by Reykholt (WIkimedia Commons)

The municipality of Garður is set on the Reykjanes peninsula, in the west of Iceland, and is home to just under 1,500 people.  The main destination within the municipality is Garðskagi, just 10 minutes from the airport and 40 minutes from the centre of Reykjavik, making an ideal first stop in your motorhome rental or Iceland campervan hire tour around the Scandanavian isle..

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As this municipality is so small you wouldn’t expect a lot of choice of places to stay, but there is an excellent campsite at Garðskagi, with toilets and running water and it’s FREE! There’s no need to pre-book, just turn up and park.  The village also has its own shop, petrol station and swimming pool, so you will find everything you need for a few days.

Top things to see and do

Visit Garður’s two lighthouses. The oldest one, which was used until recently, is now a centre for the studying the migratory birds which come to Iceland to breed from Greenland and North America.  

Visit the Garðskagi Folk Museum, which includes a one hundred year old turning lathe, homemade organ, and a boat from 1887 with six oars.  The museum is also home to Gudni Ingimundarson´s motor collection, for visitors interested in restored vehicles.  Go to the cafe on the upper floor as the sun sets and for a fantastic view over the Snæfellsjökul glacier.

Go whale and seal watching.  The waters around Garor are home to Common Seals that can be seen basking on the rocks at Skagaflös or Lambarif. Grey Seals which are occasionally seen swimming offshore. The White-beaked Dolphin is often seen jumping clear of the water, Minke Whales can regularly be seen and Humpback Whales inhabit the waters in July. Orcas are rare, but are more common off Reykjanes than anywhere else.

If you enjoy birds and bird watching, there are just under 200 species of bird in Garður, including migratory species.  The beaches around Garður, and the three small lakes in the village, Útskálasíki, Miðhúsasíki and Gerðasíki, all attract a wide range of birds throughout the year, and in winter why not try a touch of skating or ice fishing!

For something totally different….If you enjoy a game of golf the area known as Leira between Keflavik and Garður has the country’s best golf course.  

Garður is a small place to visit in your motorhome rental or campervan hire, there may not be many ‘visitor attractions’, but what the area does have is some fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities, and somewhere to stay that’s free; now you don’t get that everywhere.

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