Keflavik, Reykjavik, Iceland

Keflavik
Reykjavik, Iceland

When you fly into Reykjavik, you actually land just outside of Keflavik. “Keflavik” means “Driftwood Bay” and is a prominent town in the Reykjanes region of Southwestern Iceland. With a population of just over 8,000 it is part of a larger municipality region called Reykjanesbaer totalling over 13,000 inhabitants. The town was founded in the 16th century developed over its fishing industry by Scottish entrepreneurs. The airport was added in the 1940’s. Earlier, the airport was home to a important NATO military base and pre-jet refueling stop for trans-Atlantic air traffic. It was a popular refuel point during World War II, and during the cold war the air station was used to monitoring marine and submarine traffic from the Norwegian and Greenland seas through the Atlantic. Once the Soviet Union collapsed, the base was no longer needed, and officially closed in 2006. Keflavik was also a popular hotspot for Icelandic music, especially during the 1960’s-1970’s at which point was called “The Beatle Town”. The town was used as a theme for Tom Clancy’s novel “Red Storm Rising”.

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