The town Gardabaer received its
municipal rights in 1976 and has been one of the fastest growing communities of the country.
It has good schools, among them one of the comprehensive schools.
On the outskirts of the town is a hospital for patients suffering from
respiratory ailments was built in 1909 to
fight the widespread disease TB. Nowadays
about one case of TB occurs annually. Later it was used to take care
of patients suffering from
lung diseases. Near the
hospital is a nice trout and char
lake and a golf course.
The town enjoys a very interesting cultural life and many prominent
artists and authors live there. There
are three golf courses within its
boundaries and quite a few interesting
hiking trails in the uninhabited areas around it.
site of Gardabaer was a part of the Alftanes County
The Alftanes County included Alftanes and
Bessastadir, the presidential residence of Iceland.
1878 the ancient Alftanes County was divided into
Bessastadir County and Gardar County and in 1907,
the Gardar County was separated from the neighbouring town Hafnarfiord.
inhabited area of Gardar County progressed rapidly in the 1960s. The first
plan for the development of an urban area dates back to 1955.
next decades the population of the Gardar County grew very rapidly. In
1960 the population counted 1000 and in 1976 more than 4000.
The distance from the capital is about 9 km.