Sandgerði is located on the western side of the Reykjanes Peninsula, on Route 45. One of Iceland's newer towns (officially established in 1990) Sandgerði is home to one of Iceland's main fishing communities, with rich fishing just off its shores.

Sandgerði

The town is just 7 km from Keflavik International Airport and is a beautiful example of an active and modern Icelandic fishing village. Sandgerði has plenty to offer visitors, birdwatching, history and even an open-air swimming pool.

Sandgerði is the perfect place for bird watching with Lake Sandgerististjörn located in the northern part of the town where hundreds of migrating birds gather every spring. The town also has some interesting history, and the oldest building of the village, after which the town was named, is located near the lake.

Near Hafurbjarnastairir, between Garður and Sandgerði, are tombs from B.C. (pre-Christian times), which were discovered in 1947. The tombs are considered a very important discovery, and finds from one of the tombs are now exhibited in the National Museum of Iceland.

Antique lovers can also visit Hvalsneskirkja church, located approximately 6 km south of Sandgerði. The church was successfully and beautifully reconstructed, but the seventeenth-century tombstone, whose caption is remarkably preserved in the display near the altar, is the most interesting artifact. The tombstone bears the name of the only daughter of the beloved Icelandic writer Hallgrímur Pétursson.

The Sudurnes Science and Learning Center at the northern end of the town displays unusual examples from nature, such as shark eggs, species of snails and crabs, seahorses, and marine invertebrates.

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