Gardabaer (or Garðabær in icelandic spelling) is a town with a population of around 18.500 close to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. The local authority in Gardabaer provides a high level of services for residents of all ages in pleasant, tidy surroundings. 

Information about services provided to residents in Gardabær can be obtained at the website, or at the Town hall offices, located at:

Gardabaer Municipal Offices
Gardatorg 7
210 Gardabaer 

Tel.: 525 8500

The Mayor of Gardabaer is Almar Guðmundsson.
To book an interview with the mayor please contact the Service Center of Garðabær / Municipal offices see telephone number and e-mail above.

Þjónustugátt is the portal to all applications regarding service in Gardabaer, you can click here to go to Þjónustugátt (to access Þjónustugátt you need electronic certification/rafræn skilríki).

Please contact the Town hall offices for assistance regarding applications and for additional information on services, such as welfare services, sports and leisure and information for senior citizens. Gardabaer's multicultural policy in English and Polish can be found by clicking on the language.

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Schools - elementary and preschools

There are 8 elementary schools in Gardabaer, teaching grades 1-10, two of those are privately run schools, The International School and Barnaskóli Hjallastefnunnar,  further information about schools can be found here.  To apply for a place in an elementary school you need to fill in an application on Gardabaer´s website, Þjónustugátt, which you can find here.   On Þjónustugátt you can find all other applications for service in Gardabaer. 

There are 17 preschools in Gardabaer, some are privately run and others are run by Gardabaer.  Information about preschools in Gardabaer can be found here.  An Information brochure in English about preschools in Gardabaer can be found here.  To apply for a place in a preschool you need to fill in an application on Gardabaer´s website, Þjónustugátt, which you can find here. Information on pricing for the preschools can be found here

Health services

Health services can be found at Gardabaer Health Clinic/Heilsugæsla Garðabæjar, Gardatorgi 7, 2. floor, tel. 513-5500 or at  In emergencies please call 112.  

Public Library

The public library is also located at Gardatorg 7, ground floor, more information can be found at

Useful information - moving to Iceland - equal rights

A new brochure with important information about moving to Iceland, called "First steps" can be found on the Multicultural Centre website, one for citizens inside of EEA and EFTA and one for citizens outside of EEA and EFTA .

The office of equal rights has made a pamphlet about rights for immigrants in Iceland. The pamphlet contains useful information regarding the Icelandic justice system and Icelandic society. It addresses issues such as equal rights and gender equality, residence permits, trafficking in human beings, divorce, custody issues, issues regarding rights of access, financial issues, violence and threats in intimate relationships. It also contains references to further information for assistance, for instance addresses, telephone numbers and websites for various institutions and organisations. The pamphlets can be found on their website,

Other websites of interest - information about Icelandic institutions and public services – Translation services – information about public transport in the Reykjavík area - The Icelandic Red Cross - Information about Icelandic institutions and public services - Ministry of Welfare, a brochure on Icelandic regulations published by the ministry – a website for visitors to the Reykjavík area