Garður

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Sveitarfélagið Garður
Town
Location of Sveitarfélagið Garður, Iceland (left/center)
Location of Sveitarfélagið Garður, Iceland (left/center)
Sveitarfélagið Garður is located in Iceland
Sveitarfélagið Garður
Sveitarfélagið Garður
Location in Iceland
Coordinates: 64°04′N 22°38′W / 64.067°N 22.633°W / 64.067; -22.633
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Suðurkjördæmi
Region[2] Suðurnes[3]
County Gullbringusýsla
Municipality Garður
Area
 • Total 21 km2 (8 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,452
 • Density 69.1/km2 (179/sq mi)
Website Official website
Postal Code: 250

Sveitarfélagið Garður is a municipality and town located in southwestern Iceland, bordered by the Faxaflói Bay on the Reykjanes peninsula.

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.[4]

Overview[edit]

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.[5]

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.

Garður is the home of the popular indie band Of Monsters and Men.[6]

Sports[edit]

The local sports club is called Víðir. Their football team played the 2011 season in the men´s third division. They last played in Iceland's top tier in 1991.[7]

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Coordinates: 64°04′N 22°38′W / 64.067°N 22.633°W / 64.067; -22.633