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The first high-voltage electricity in Iceland came from the Fjarðarsel hydroelectric power station , which opened in 1913. The power station, a 15-minute walk upriver from town, is still in operation; its small electricity museum opens on request.
During WWII around 3000 Allied soldiers – about 10 times the local population – were based in Reyðarfjörður. At the top end of Heiðarvegur you’ll find the Icelandic Wartime Museum , which details these strange few years. The building is surrounded by mines, Jeeps and aeroplane propellers, and holds other war relics.
The interesting Old Boathouse was largely abandoned until the owners of Mjóeyri took it over in 2009. When they entered the building they found that not a soul had been inside for the last 80 years. And they decided to leave it that way – when you enter the boathouse you’re literally stepping back in time.