Information about Miðnesheiði

Miðnesheiði is a heath on the Reykjanes peninsula. Keflavik airport is located on this heath, as well as the abandoned American military base.

In 1951 the Icelandic government made a treaty with the United States concerning military protection and for an American military base to be built on Miðnesheiði. This decicion was highly controversial and a source for heated debates and protests for decades. The base itself became a kind of a village in its own right with 5000 people living there. In 2006 the military abandoned the base and left Iceland. The area has since been turned into University apartments and a residential area.

 

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Eldvörp

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Njarðvík

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Keflavík

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Hvalneskirkja

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Blue Lagoon

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Svartsengi

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Grindavík

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Hópsnes

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Búri

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Reykjanesviti Light House

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Keilir

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Ögmundarhraun

Photo from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Reykholt Ögmundarhraun is a lava field on the southern side of the Reykjanes Peninsula, which was for...

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