Reykjanesbær emerged as a town a few years ago, when two towns and rivals merged into one, Narðvík and Keflavík. For decades, thousands of American military personnel lived on a military base by Keflavík that the United States Army built during WWII. A naval base for Iceland’s defense and to secure the northern Atlantic route. The Army also built an airfield, which later became Iceland’s international airport. The military base was in operation until September 2006. During that time, thousands of U.S.