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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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  • The Reykjavík Summit meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev was held here in 1986. So if you like modern history is a must go for you.  more »
  • This has to be a place where something important is signed for more peace. Reagan and Gorbachev were the main characters. Yet strange as you look so stands for.
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  • House is not open to the public but still seems to be well maintained. Just standing next to the property where the history of Russia and the USA was made was neat.  more »
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  • 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.
  • If you want to visit iceland, march is a good month, you can still see northern light and its not that cold :)
  • If you know the history of this place, you'll want to stop by. I don't think you can go inside very often.
  • 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
  • Historically important in regards to the cold war and not crowded.

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