The land on which the US military base has been situated for the last 55 years was formally returned to Iceland on Saturday. In a simple ceremony, the US and Icelandic flags were lowered and then the Icelandic flag alone drawn to full mast, representing Iceland’s governance over the area. This was reported in all the main media.
Meanwhile, opponents of the US presence in Iceland gathered on the site yesterday to have a look around the former base – the first members of the general public to do so. They were shown around by a guide who pointed out both the most notable and the most polluted areas of the former base. Yesterday evening a public meeting and celebration was held at the club NASA to commemorate the event, under the slogan “Vopnin kvödd” or “A Farewell to Arms”.