Garðakirkja in Garðabær, Iceland
Coat of arms of Garðabær
Location of Garðabær
|Market right||1 January 1976|
|Mayor||Gunnar Einarsson (IP)|
|Area||76 km2 (29 sq mi)|
|Density||190.2/km2 (493/sq mi)|
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.
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
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
The official residence of the president of Iceland, built in 1766, heavily renovated over the years.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Garðabær is twinned with:
- – Asker, Norway
- – Jakobstad, Finland
- – Eslöv Municipality, Sweden
- – Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
- – Birkerød, Denmark
- – Rudersdal, Denmark