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Bessastadir, Reykjavik

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Bessastaðir is today the official residence of the President of Iceland and is situated on Garðabær, not far from the capital city, Reykjavík.HistoryBessastaðir was first settled in 1000. It became one of Snorri Sturluson's farm in the 13th century. After the slaying of Sturluson in September 1241, Bessastaðir was claimed by the King of Norway. Thereafter it became a Royal stronghold and the dwellings of the King's highest-ranking officers and officials in Iceland. It resisted an attack by Turkish slave raiders in July 1627. In the late 18th century Bessastaðir was changed into a school for a few years, before becoming a farm. In 1867 the farm was purchased by the poet and statesman Grímur Thomsen, who lived there for almost two decades. Among later owners were editor and parlamentarian Skúli Thoroddsen, and his wife, Theodóra Thoroddsen, who was well known for her literary works. In 1940 Sigurður Jónasson bought Bessastaðir and donated it to the state in 1941 as a residence for the Regent and later the President of Iceland.Photo gallery
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  • 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 »
  • We visited on a tour. Charges much rain was drizzling, but camera is being blown away like the wind, looking a bit soon to the bus. I guess the staff on a hill so I'm sure the weather is good. Sorry (; ∀;) I was just returning to Reykjavik city wind was not blowing at all, so this place special, strong, thought.
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  • My mom and I went to this place to see where the president lived. The first time we went up the driveway, we stopped and asked an Icelander if we could go up. She said yes, but to respect the presiden...  more »
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  • 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
  • president Resident, The white House.