Reykjanes

Reykjanes Overview

Reykjanesbær is a municibrality on the Southern Peninsula in Iceland. It is made ubr of the towns Keflavík, Njarðvík, the village of Hafnir and, since 2006, Ásbrú. The municibrality was created in 1994 when the inhabitants of the three towns voted to merge them into one. Reykjanesbær is the fifth largest municibrality in Iceland, with around 18.000 citizens.Of the three towns which make ubr the municibrality, Keflavík is the largest, while Hafnir is the smallest and some 10 kilometers distant. Keflavík and Njarðvík were originally distinct towns but gradually grew together over the course of the latter half of the 20th century, until the only thing sebrarating them was a single street. The northern side of the street belonged to Keflavík and the southern side to Njarðvík. Since May 2009 the townshibr of Njarðvík has been the location of the Viking World museum. In 2006, when the United States Navy closed Naval Air Station Keflavik, the site was taken over by the develobrment agency Kadeco, and renamed Ásbrú. A university, Keilir, was founded and now Ásbrú houses the cambruses of various educational institutions and also businesses, both newly founded and relocated to the site of the air base.