Harbor construction in Reykjavik (1913-1917)

The Reykjavik harbor construction was the most expensive construction Icelanders had undertaken. It included a railway, heavy machinery, and many technological advances in construction in Iceland. N.C. Monberg, a Danish contractor, did the work.

Autumn 1914, harbor construction in Reykjavík. Workers mix concrete with shovels, locomotive and railway to the left. The sheltered garden that closes the harbor from the east, has come a long way, at first called Batteríisgarður and later Ingólfsgarður. The man with the hat on the left of the center is probably the chief engineer of the project, N.P. Church. There was a strike between the workers and Danish contractors in 1913, and as a result the 10-hour working day was established.

Sources: Faxaflóahafnir SF & Reykjavík Museum of Photography