Time Travel: Reydarfjordur Village

  • Port

    Eskifjordur, Iceland

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    3 Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Take this interesting excursion to the neighboring fjord town of Reyðarjörður, a short, scenic motorcoach drive from Eskifjörður.

Iceland was under Allied occupation for much of World War II and Reyðarjörður was occupied by some 3,000 British troops. The remains of this time are still fairly visible, ranging from an airport and old barracks to small gun shelters.

Visit the War Years Museum in Reyðarjörður, set up in the former barracks. The museum's exhibits include war relics and displays that illustrate Iceland's contribution to the war effort.It also tells the harrowing tale of the journey of the ill-fated platoon from the Kings' Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) whose march from Reyðarjörður to Eskifjordur over the mountains in January, 1942 ended in tragedy at Veturhus, just a mile from their destination. On that dreadful night, while inspecting their farm buildings for weather damage, local farmers Pall and Magnus came across a KOYLI soldier, barely alive. Realizing he could not be alone, they searched for the remaining platoon members lost on the slopes of Eskifjardaheidi. Over several hours and in blizzard conditions, they rescued 48 soldiers, while four others found their own shelter. But eight soldiers lost their lives -- the greatest loss of life sustained in East Iceland by British troops during the Second World War.

This is your chance to encounter a side of Iceland seldom seen by visitors, interesting and poignant -- a rare insight into 1940s rural Iceland with a British remembrance focus.

Notes:

This area is very remote; not all guides are professional but all have excellent knowledge of the area. Parents traveling with children under the age of 3 must rent a child's car seat from the tour operator. Please see the EXC Tours staff on board. You cannot use a car seat from the USA or elsewhere as it will not meet the stricter European safety standards.