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Garðakirkja in Garðabær, Iceland
Garðabær Coat.svg
Coat of arms of Garðabær
Gardabaer map.svg
Location of Garðabær
Region Capital Region
Constituency Southwest Constituency
Established 1878
Market right 1 January 1976
Mayor Gunnar Einarsson (IP)
Area 76 km2 (29 sq mi)
Population 14,453 (2015)
Density 190.2/km2 (493/sq mi)
Municipal number 1300
Postal code(s) 210–225

Garðabær (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈkarðapair̥]) is a municipality in the Capital Region of Iceland.


Garðabær is a growing town in the Capital Region. Garðabær is the sixth largest town in Iceland with a population of 13,872 (Sept 1st, 2013).

The site of Garðabær has been inhabited since Iceland was first settled in the 9th century. Landnámabók, the Book of Settlement, tells about two farms in the site of Garðabær, Vífilsstaðir and Skúlastaðir. The former was named after vifll who was a slave of Ingolfur Arnarson the first settler of Iceland. Ingólfur gave Vífill his freedom and he made his home at Vífilsstaðir.


The only IKEA store in all Iceland is in Garðabær. The town is also home to Marel hf., the largest company on NASDAQ OMX Iceland by market capitalisation.[1]


The town's football club is Stjarnan who play in the Men's Premier Division. Award-winning dancer Hanna Rún Óladóttir lives in Garðabær.


There are many nature reserves surrounding Garðabær and the scenery from various sites in Garðabær is spectacular. From many areas in Garðabær the impressive Snæfellsjökull (Snæfells Glacier) can be seen to the west, as well as Mt. Esja, and there is also a good view over the capital Reykjavík and the neighbour town Kópavogur. The view to the south includes the mountains of the Reykjanes Peninsula.


Bessastadahreppur was a municipality in Iceland that is now part of Garðabær.

International Cities of Friendship[edit]

Bessastadahreppur's Cities of Friendship as per January 1, 2007:


The Bessastadahreppur (or Álftanes) area is primarily a residential area. There are fine mountain views, providing ideal conditions for walks. Many rare shorebirds breed here along the beaches.

The Bessastaðir manor farm[edit]

The official residence of the president of Iceland, built in 1766, heavily renovated over the years.

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Garðabær is twinned with:


  1. ^ "Shares". Nasdaq OMX. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Vinabæir". Retrieved 26 April 2014.