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Visitors to Iceland arrive via Keflavik International Airport on the Reykjanes Peninsula. They may be surprised by the landscape that greets their eyes as they touch down in Iceland for the very first time. A seemingly endless, green-grey moss-topped lava field blankets the peninsula for as far as the eye can see, and it is this strange and rather other-worldly sight that is your first glimpse of the land of fire and ice. 

The Reykjanes peninsula is located on a drift zone, between two continents, the North American plate and the Eurasian plate. That makes this region so unique. Here you can find different elements that exist because of the drift zone; geothermal energy, lava fields and many many other natural phenomenon.

Northern Lights

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Did you know that our hotel is situated at one of the best places in the whole country to see the northern lights? When there are active northern lights, the northern light companies send up to 20 buses full of tourists to Garðskagi (where we're located) to enjoy the lights without light pollution.

"On night like this I wanna stay forever" as someone used to sing. Winter is a best season to see magnificent dancing lights. Don't worry that you will oversleep the show. Just have your cameras ready and charged. Our staff will wake you up when the show will begun.

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Amazing views and sunsets

You may see the whole Faxaflói Bay from the shore and majesty of Snæfellsjökull which is at the west top of Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The mountain is one of the most famous sites of Iceland, primarily due to the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. On a days clear enough you will be able to see for example Reykjavik. 

Lighthouses,

musem and

Röstin

Restaurant

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On Garðskagi you can find two lighthouses. 

The older one and also the smaller of the two was once regarded as one of the best lighthouses in Iceland because it stood low and therefore mist was not a problem. Although there was risk of the lighthouse being damaged because of surf and it was sometimes not visible because of seastorm. The bigger one, which is

The newer one and the bigger one was constructed in 1944 and is the second biggest lighthouse in Iceland. It became a bird observatory – and no wonder, as the local birdlife is spectacular. The new lighthouse is a cylindrical concrete tower rising 28 meters high with a four-way facing rotation lens. The view from the top is breath-taking. Here is where you find the midnight sun in its purest form and during winter you can practically touch the northern lights.

Röstin, the restaurant down by the lighthouses, is one we recommend. You basically sit on the second floor on the edge of the ocean, where you might see whales or seals if you're lucky, while eating delicious food! Check them out on tripadvisor.com if you want to see some reviews.

Walk around

and experience our nice surroundings

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There are really beautiful walking trails around the hotel. Take a 5 minute walk down to the beautiful white sand beach where you can experience the bird life at it's best, the gloomy and at the same time extraordinary Atlantic ocean. You won't regret it!

Icelandic horses

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The Icelandic horse is just how Iceland likes to perceive itself: little but strong. They are squat and muscular and in winter they have long shaggy fur.

You can spot them arround the Lighthouse Inn Hotel. They are really easy-going and friendly so you can stowly approach them and cuddle over the fence. Please do not feed them unless the owners do not mind.

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Bird and sealife watching

Garðskagi Point is one of the best bird watching locations in Iceland, some say in Europe. The rich and fruitful sea provides plenty of food and many of the migrating species stop and rest there on  their way to far away places around the Atlantic Ocean.
Whales and seals, are plentiful around Garðskagi Point. Minke whales and Humpbacks are a common sight close to the coast. Killer whales and Pilot whales are also be seen regularly. Seals are often very close to shore. 

Garður swimming pool and gym

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Garður has a nice local swimming pool with two hot tubs and a waterslide for the kids. It ideal to relax in the swimming pool after a day of enjoying the spectacular nature surrounding the village. The pool complex consists of a 25-metre pool, two hot tubs, a kids pool with a waterslide, cold tube a sauna and gym facilities.

Check opening hours and all the details http://www.ig.is/

Play golf

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Golf enthusiasts may choose many excellent golf courses on the island. Two of them are in a close neighberhoud to the Hotel. 

First one, only 2 minutes drive, between Garður and Sandgerði GSG. The other one between Garður and Keflavík GS - aprox. 5 minutes drive

During the summer season you can play golf all day long.

Here you can find details http://www.ig.is/

Artifacts of Gardur

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The village of Garður was named after a great wall that lay across Garðskagi. Skagagarðurinn, a protective wall to keep livestock from fields, covered the outer area of Garðskagi dates back to the times of settlement. Remains of the wall can still be seen today.

Skagagarðurinn wall, WWII war relics and the beaches are also some of the interesting artifacts found when hiking the trails in the area.

On low tide the boilers and engines from ships that stranded on Flösin can still be seen.

Check it out www.visitreykjanes.is

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Visit Keflavik

Keflavik is probably one of the best known cities in Iceland because the main international airport of the country is located there. This city is part of Reykjanesbaer area on the south westerns coast of Iceland. There are many things to do and exciting plans in and around Keflavik airport, here you will find few tips 

www.visitreykjanes.is

Whale watching cruise

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This is a great way of spending a day with your family or friends. Whale watching tours are often combined with sea angling and puffin watching. The high season for whale watching starts in April and lasts until mid-October. However, many whales stay in the Icelandic waters throughout the year. Check out one of the operators 

www.whalewatchingreykjanes.is

Reykjanes Unesco Geopark

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The nature on the Reykjanes peninsula is unique and since November 2015 it is known as Reykjanes Unesco Global Geopark. Take a look at some of the highlights in the region www.visitreykjanes.is

Angling

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Iceland has many lakes and rivers teeming with salmon and trout.

It attracts many anglers. The opportunities for participating are limitless. If you want to experience sea angling get in touch with 

www.whalewatchingreykjanes.is

Hiking

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On Reykjanes there is a rich variety of hiking routes ranging from short scenic walks to several day hikes through a magical part of Iceland. Check it out  ​www.hikereykjanes.com

Blue Lagoon

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The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland's most popular attractions, and it's not hard to see why! The beautiful milky-blue opaque water makes a stark contrast to the surrounding black lava field covered with dark green moss. Book your visit here www.bluelagoon.is

ATV Tours

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Wanna experience the adrenaline-pumping tour? This is probably the coolest way to see Iceland

www.travice.is

Icelandic festivals

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Icelandic people like to celebrate a lot. Every month, every season, basically every change in the year and every special day they can come up with is an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy life with family or friends. 

Here is a list of the biggest events in the country during the year to help you choose the best period to come to Iceland.

Visit Reykjavik

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Capital of Reykjavik is one hour drive from our hotel. Reykjavík is the world’s northernmost capital, with a population of only 123,000 (approx..), but what it lacks in terms of the populace, it makes up for in culture and excitement. 

www.visitreykjavik.is

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Day trips

“The shepherd was bent forward with the neck stretched forward. Thorgeir swung the axe and cut him across the neck. When asked why he had done such a thing he replied: “I could not resist when he stood so convenient for hewing.” The Saga of the Sworn Brothers ​

Address: 

Nordurljosavegur 2

250 Gardur

Iceland

Tel: +354 433-0000

email: lighthouseinn@simnet.is

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