"Reyarfjrur - town." East Iceland Things to Do Tip by Regina1965

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  The old house at Smastair 1875 opposite Alcoa.
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  • The old house at Sómastaðir 1875 opposite Alcoa. - East Iceland
      The old house at Smastair 1875 opposite Alcoa.
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  • Alcoa Fjarðarál aluminium factory. - East Iceland
      Alcoa Fjararl aluminium factory.
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      The Monument on Fishermen.
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  • The tunnel Fáskrúðsfjörður/Reyðarfjörður - East Iceland
      The tunnel Fskrsfjrur/Reyarfjrur
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      The church at Reyarfjrur
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Coming from Fskrsfjrur the next town in East-Iceland is Reyarfjrur. You can either continue on road 96 and take the scenic route or go through the tunnel on road 956.

Reyarfjrur is the longest of the East-fjords, 30 km long, and the town used to be called Bareyri. It is part of the municipality Fjararbygg. It was a big trading place since 1890 and main industry was fishing until the aluminium smelter of Alcoa Fjararl sf. was built in April 2007, so now aluminium is the main industry there providing jobs for ca 450 people. The inhabitants of Reyarfjrur 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 Krahnjkar, which is the largest of its kind in Iceland and ca 100 km away from Egilsstair, the east-capital of Iceland. The Alcoa Fjararl 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 Reyarfjrur. It is located by the road opposite the aluminium smelter. It now belongs to the National Museum of Iceland historic buildings collection.

Reyarfjrur was occupied by the British army during WW2 and The Icelandic Wartime Museum in Reyarfjrur 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 "Hernmsdagurinn Reyarfiri" or the Occupation day in Reyarfjrur and is held during the last weekend of June and on that day the occupation by the British army is remembered.

A tunnel connects Fskrsfjrur to Reyarfjrur. It was opened in 2005 and is 5.850 metres long.

Address: 730 Reyarfjrur, East-Iceland
Directions: Reyarfjrur is 688 km away from Reykjavk and 26 km away from Fskrsfjrur through the tunnel.
othercontact: fjardaal@alcoa.com
Phone: 354 4707700
Website: http://www.alcoa.com/iceland/en/home.asp

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  • Updated Feb 28, 2015
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    I can imagine the controversy - aluminium factories produce a lot of pollution, also for water, no matter how good they say they clean the water. But it was maybe the almost "free energy" in Iceland that made them want to open it here?


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