Welcome to Garðarbær
With its vast wild nature from Heiðmörk Nature Reserve in the east to Álftanes peninsula in the west, it is ideal for outdoor living. Less than 20 minutes from the city center and home to the President of Iceland, the town of Garðabær draws many visitors a year.
Visit Hofsstaðir Archaeological Park for a rare glimpse of the remains of the second largest farm from the age of settlement in Iceland. Find local shops, restaurants, and services at the town center Garðatorg, and visit the Museum of Design and Applied Art, which hosts exhibitions presenting Icelandic design. Witness the magnificent pastoral setting of Álftanes (Swan Peninsula) by the sea, with clear ponds bustling with migratory birdlife. See the ancient farmstead of Bessastaðir, the official residence of the President of Iceland. And to end your fulfilling day, visit the major attraction, Álftaneslaug thermal pool, which features one of the largest water slides in the country and Iceland‘s only wave pool.