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AKUREYRI CEMETERY

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Country:
Iceland
Identified Casualties:
17
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
-18.08952
Latitude:
65.66935

Location Information

From the airport or town center the cemetery is easily reached by a ten minute taxi journey.
If travelling by car you will reach the town of Akureyi using the main ring road 1 which goes around Iceland. From the center of Akureyi use road 821 Drottingarbraut going in the direction of the airport. You will see an inlet on left side of the road, turn right on Miohusabraut follow the road up the hill then turn right to Holfogata which takes you to the cemetery overlooking the town.

Visiting Information

To access the war graves plot go from the cemetery office ( a large white building), through the entrance gate into the cemetery, walk straight ahead 300 meters, turn left towards the service buildings, the military plot (Plot H 15) is directly in front of the fence.

Historical Information

Iceland was under Allied occupation for much of the Second World War, primarily to guard against possible German invasion, but the considerable air and naval forces based there also provided an important link in the defensive chain across the Atlantic for the protection of shipping. Commonwealth land forces were relieved by the Americans in October 1942, but the naval and air force presence was maintained until 1945.

Akureyri Cemetery contains 17 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.