Sandgerði is an industrious fishing village, 5km south of Garður. There are pleasant beaches on the coast south of Sandgerði, and the surrounding marshes are frequented by more than 190 species of bird. About 5km south you’ll find a lonely church at Hvalsnes that featured in a famous Icelandic hymn by Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614–74), written at the death of his young daughter, who was buried here. Two kilometres south, you can walk to the ruins of Saga Age fishing village Básendar, which was destroyed by a tidal wave in 1799.