"Reyðarfjörður - town." East Iceland Things to Do Tip by Regina1965
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Coming from Fáskrúðsfjörður the next town in East-Iceland is Reyðarfjörður. You can either continue on road 96 and take the scenic route or go through the tunnel on road 956.
Reyðarfjörður is the longest of the East-fjords, 30 km long, and the town used to be called Búðareyri. It is part of the municipality Fjarðarbyggð. It was a big trading place since 1890 and main industry was fishing until the aluminium smelter of Alcoa Fjarðarál sf. was built in April 2007, so now aluminium is the main industry there providing jobs for ca 450 people. The inhabitants of Reyðarfjörður are ca 1.200.
The aluminium smelter is one of the most perfect factories in the world, regarding technology and pollution control. It gets its electricity from the new hydro-electric power plant Kárahnjúkar, which is the largest of its kind in Iceland and ca 100 km away from Egilsstaðir, the east-capital of Iceland. The Alcoa Fjarðarál smelter is at the outskirt of the town and one is able to visit it and have a look inside on Saturdays from 13-14h. Now I write a lot about this aluminium smelter as this has been very controversial here in Iceland, aluminium smelters, should they or shouldn't they be built here in Iceland?
There is an old stone house, built in 1875 from local rock in Reyðarfjörður. It is located by the road opposite the aluminium smelter. It now belongs to the National Museum of Iceland historic buildings collection.
Reyðarfjörður was occupied by the British army during WW2 and The Icelandic Wartime Museum in Reyðarfjörður is worth visiting. The town has got a hotel, guesthouse, campsite, swimming pool, a lot of stores, restaurants and a stadium.
The town festival is called "Hernámsdagurinn á Reyðarfirði" or the Occupation day in Reyðarfjörður and is held during the last weekend of June and on that day the occupation by the British army is remembered.
A tunnel connects Fáskrúðsfjörður to Reyðarfjörður. It was opened in 2005 and is 5.850 metres long.
Address: 730 Reyðarfjörður, East-Iceland
Directions: Reyðarfjörður is 688 km away from Reykjavík and 26 km away from Fáskrúðsfjörður through the tunnel.
Phone: 354 4707700
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