Garðskagi Lighthouse

Basic Information

The Garðskagaviti lighthouse, located on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, is a historic and picturesque lighthouse that offers stunning views of the surrounding area. The lighthouse is situated on the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula, near the town of Grindavík, and is a popular spot for visitors to the area.

The lighthouse was built in 1907 and has been in operation ever since. It stands at a height of 17 meters and has a range of 20 nautical miles. The lighthouse is painted in traditional red and white stripes, making it a striking and recognizable landmark.

Garðskagaviti lighthouse in Reykjanes Peninsula

Explore Around Garðskagi Lighthouse

Visitors to Garðskagaviti lighthouse can enjoy a guided tour of the lighthouse, where they will learn about its history and the role it played in the shipping industry in the past. The tour also includes access to the top of the lighthouse, where visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the Reykjanesviti lighthouse, the Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark and the nearby town of Grindavík.

The view from the top of the new lighthouse is simply breathtaking. If you are a stargazer, then this place has volumes to offer. You can see the sky in its purest form stained with various colors that the midnight sun brings in summer while during winter you can practically touch the northern lights. If you are feeling tired of all the excursions that you made in Iceland, Garðskagi lighthouse is the place where you can finally sit back, relax, and enjoy some peace. If you are a photography enthusiast, you can engage in some bird watching and photography here, catching on your lens surreal shots.

The lighthouse is also a great spot for birdwatching, as the surrounding area is home to a variety of seabirds, including puffins and guillemots. Visitors can also enjoy a leisurely walk along the nearby coastline, taking in the rugged beauty of the sea cliffs and the sound of the waves crashing against the shore.

Overall, Garðskagaviti lighthouse is a great destination for anyone who wants to experience the natural beauty and rich history of Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula. Whether you’re interested in birdwatching, hiking, or simply enjoying the beautiful views, the lighthouse is a must-visit destination that offers something for everyone.

Garðskagaviti lighthouse in Reykjanes Peninsula

When to Visit Garðskagi Lighthouse

Since the International Airport of Iceland is located in Reykjanes Peninsula, all these locations would be perfect to visit on your Stop Over in Iceland. Garðskagi Ligthouse is located only 10 minutes drive from the airport. You can pick up a car on the airport and spend your time exploring the beautiful locations in the area around. 

Garðskagi lighthouse is very easy to access and can therefor be visited at any time of the year. The lighthouse is most beautiful during the night with the sunset and midnight sun during the summer and the northern lights during the winter. The views to the sea can be magical all year around and when the weather is bad it can be mesmerizing to watch the waves out on the sea. No matter when you decide to visit the lighthouse, you will need to pack warm clothes for both the summer and winter seasons, following a few extra precautions in winters.

northern lights over Garðskagaviti lighthouse in Reykjanes Peninsula

Places To Stay Near Garðskagi Lighthouse

There are ample options to stay in Reykjanes Peninsula, everything from luxury hotels to guest houses, equipped with all sorts of facilities. However, we do not recommend staying in Reykjanes Peninsula if you are coming to Iceland for a couple of days. Most activities and tours departure from Reykjavik and you will find all the charming restaurants and cafés there. The villages on Reykjanes Peninsula, like Keflavik, Garður and Grindavík are perfect if you are on a stopover and just staying for one night. Or if you are arriving late from your flight to Iceland and want to get to your hotel as soon as possible for some good nights sleep. If you are wanting to stay in Reykjanes, you can for instance take a look at Guesthouse Keflavik which is across the street from the renowned Hotel Keflavik. Hotels in Reykjanes are available on a sharing basis as well if you are looking to save money and cut some of your costs. If you are visiting Iceland for more than just your one night stopover, we recommend that you book your stay in one of the great hotels in Reykjavik, or around the Ring Road of Iceland. 

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