The remains of World War 2 in Reykjavik
We do a lot of walking and exploring wherever we go (check out our walking tour of San Antonio Bay, Ibiza.) Reykjavik was no exception. We walked from one side of the city to another. This was a great alternative to the traditional sightseeing because we planned so poorly that we missed out on a lot of activities here. We were lucky that our exploring efforts brought us a huge reward on our last morning – the remains of World War 2 in Reykjavik.
We were staying at the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura on the outskirts of the city. Right beside the hotel was a huge hill named Öskjuhlíð. At the top of this his was the famous Pearl which has panoramic views over the city. It was our aim to climb up to that and nip in before we had to check out. Unfortunately it was closed before 10am so we missed out on that, but we were rewarded for following the hidden paths on the forest-covered hills.
The first paths we found led is through so much beautiful greenery. There were paths in every direction you could imagine. We thought they were there by chance, or maybe from kids or dog-owners walking the route so often.
Finding old Fort walls
We were first rewarded by finding old walls which you could climb and explore. We later realized these were the walls of an old fort on the hill. You could walk along these and follow them until they dropped or grew to new levels. It was really exciting to find out where they went.
Finding cover shelters
The next discovery we made when finding the remains of World War 2 in Reykjavik were cover shelters that troops used to shoot from. You know the kind with the little gap to peek out of? These were totally intact still and you could see that locals use them to drink beer in… Shame they didn’t clean up after themselves.
We also found some old war bunkers which were cool but super creepy. It took us a while to muster the guts to go right inside for a proper look.
They were cold and creepy and full of art now. I think kids used these for parties too.
When we returned to the bottom of the hill we realized that there was a sign that signposted all of the old remains of World War 2 in Reykjavik and exactly where on the hill to find them! It turned out we had managed to explore and find all of them off our own backs – ha!
It is totally worth going to look at these cool remains of World War 2 in Reykjavik, the view from the hill is totally rewarding too, you can see right over Reykjavik city.
Have you explored the remains of World War 2 in Reykjavik? What did you think of them?