Garður, which means 'plot' or 'garden', is the northernmost town on the Reykjanes Peninsula on Route 45, delimited by Faxaflói Bay. The town was founded in 1908 and is named after one of the many earth walls that once separated the plots of land (some of which are still visible today).


Garður is home to many wild birds, and dolphins and whales can sometimes be spotted just off the coast. The region is well known for its two lighthouses and the folklore museum located outside the town in a rocky area named Garðskai. If you follow the coastline towards the distant lighthouse, you will also discover the beautiful church, Útskálakirkja. Garskskagaviti, the larger of the two lighthouses, is the tallest in Iceland. The other nearby lighthouse is older and was built in 1897.

Garskskagaviti, built in 1944, was a gift from a grateful American crew who were rescued when their coast guard ship sank in the area. Visitors can climb the narrow steep stairs and through a door in the ceiling, reach a 360-degree observation platform. Near the lighthouse, there is a small museum displaying ship engines and radio equipment. Here you will also find a café.