Hofdi House, Reykjavik

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Höfði is a house in northern Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, built in 1909. Höfði is located at Félagstún. Initially, it was built for the French consul Jean-Paul Brillouin in Iceland and was the exclusive residence of poet and businessman Einar Benediktsson (1864-1940) for many years. It is best known as the location for the 1986 Reykjavík Summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan of the United States and Mikhail Gorbachev of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. That effectively was a step to the end of the Cold War. Within the building, the flags of the United States and the Soviet Union are cross-hung to commemorate the meeting.In the 1940s and 1950s, it was home to the British Embassy in Reykjavík. The city of Reykjavík purchased the house in 1958, restored it to its former glory. From that time used it for formal receptions and festive occasions.On 25 September 2009, on the building's 100th birthday, Höfði was damaged in a fire. All irreplaceable artifacts were saved.In 2015, Einar Benediktsson's statue, by Ásmundur Sveinsson, was moved to a spot near Höfði house.Telecommunications historyThe building was used to make the first radio communications between Iceland and the outside world on 26 June 1905, when contact was made with Poldhu in Cornwall, UK.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Also here you should out early in the morning when most still sleep, then it is quiet and impressive and you can feel the history... Reagan and Gorbachev, who spoke about the cold war, Winston Churchill...das House stands alone, with the sea behind, very nice...
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  • August 16, 2017
    This is the place! Sitting by itself overlooking the water front. If these walls could talk. Why here? Half way between Washington, DC and Moscow. So glad it's been kept to remind us; we can work thin...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The historic Hofdi House was meeting point of great politicians like Reagan and Gorbachev. The location close to the Centre and the typical architecture of the House are welcome photo objects for tourists. I liked it anyway, shot so well two or three pictures.
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  • May 27, 2017
    Historical building in Reykjavik, this were the ending of the cold war started and USA president Reagan met Soviet president Gorbachev each other. We didn't go inside, since it wasn't open to public, but the outside is nice enough.
  • May 2, 2017
    If you want to visit iceland, march is a good month, you can still see northern light and its not that cold :)
  • June 14, 2017
    If you know the history of this place, you'll want to stop by. I don't think you can go inside very often.
  • February 14, 2017
    It's a really nice peace of history over there! It was there that president Reagan met with Gorgachev to put an end on the Cold War 1986 It's just thrilling to get inside there
  • May 15, 2017
    Historically important in regards to the cold war and not crowded.

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