Reykjavik: WWII History Tour with a 1940's British Officer

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Discover Iceland's role in World War 2, lead by a 1940's entertainment officer. From the British and US occupations, to the present day changes in our culture.


  • In-character tour guide - a 1940's ENSA officer
  • Learn about the history of the country and its role in World War II
  • See the ruins of fortifications, barracks, and a military base
  • Visit the War & Peace Museum, set on the banks of the Hvalfjordur
  • Explore the fjords and the incredible landscape of the surrounding area


Explore the British and American occupation of Iceland on this guided tour. Visit ruins, fjords, gun emplacements, and more as your guide explains how this isolated and beautiful country helped change the outcome of World War 2. Start with a slow-paced walk around the center of Reykjavik, led by your in-character guide – an Entertainment Service Officer out here to entertain the troops – and you. Using historical film and images, go back in time to understand why the Nazis were so obsessed with Iceland, why the British decided to invade, why the Americans followed, and what happened to Icelandic culture through the foreign influence. Then drive to ruined fortifications before heading out to The War & Peace Museum, set on the banks of the stunning Hvalfjordur (Whale fjord), the most important harbor in the North Atlantic during WW2. Afterwards, take in the incredible landscape as you view sites like the oldest still in use quonset hut (1942 American barracks), and the ruined bases of Hvammsvik and Hvitanes, before heading back to Reykjavik.


In-character guided tour around Reykjavik Visit to ruined fortifications Admission to The War & Peace Museum Drive around Hvalfjordur Viewing of historical sites and landscapes

Important Information

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, access to ruins have no pathed pathways Be prepared for varying weather conditions Bring a camera for photos Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately

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