Bessastadir, Reykjavik

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  • This is the residence of the Icelandic President. We actually got to see him in the distance near the house with his children. The house is in a beautiful setting.  more »
  • The is the President's residence just outside of Reykjavik. It's a white building with a church nearby. We visited for 10 minutes in a city tour, which was enough time-wise. You can only view the fron...  more »
  • I was suprised by the lack of security (there is none) around the official residence of the Icelandic President. Indeed, as my Greyline tour coach approached the site, the Presidential limousine stopp...  more »
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  • This an excellent stop for tourists, but especially for those of us from America that are used to seeing government residences with high security. There's very little at this presidential residence, which is in stark contrast with other presidential residences around the world. During our visit we saw both the president and the first Lady and both were quite nice. The structure isn't all too impressive, but the lack of security along with the great views make this home well worth the stop.
  • The White House of Iceland!
  • The presidents house and worthy of the name. The grounds are open and accessible to the public. No security and our guide said that he meets the president walking his dog from time to time. No tours inside however. It's just a place for a quick stop and a few photos.
  • Bessastaðir is the official residence of the President of Iceland. What may surprise you is there is no gate or heavy security so you can walk on the grounds and visit the church. Bessastaðir have a long history and was once a school before it be came the residence. Please do respect that this is a residence. You can take as many pictures as you want.
  • Presidental house, well worth checking out

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