Location of Sveitarfélagið Garður, Iceland (left/center)
|• Total||21 km2 (8 sq mi)|
|• Density||69.1/km2 (179/sq mi)|
|Postal Code: 250|
As of January 2011, Garður had a total population of 1,452. The town Gardur, which means garden or yard, was named after one of the many earthen walls once erected on the boundaries between local properties.
The rich fishing grounds by the shore remain the town's economic base. A great deal of fishing was carried out here in earlier centuries, and there are relics to be found along the shore. Garður remains a strong fishing center with fish processing firms.
The Garður Peninsula Historical Museum (Byggðasafn Garðskaga), which is located at the peninsula, tells the story of the fishermen and the history of the people who lived and worked in the community.
Garður is also known for its lighthouses. The old Garðskagi Lighthouse was built in 1897 and was used until recently as a centre for studying the thousands of migrating birds which arrive there from Greenland and North America every year to breed on the surrounding shore.
- Political division
- Mainly statistical division
- Formerly named Reykjanes
- Garður (Town of Gardur, Reykjanes, South Iceland)
- Garður Peninsula Historical Museum (Byggðasafn Garðskaga)
- Garður Folk Museum and Lighthouse (enjoyiceland.is)
- Iceland 1991 - RSSSF