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Hofdi House, Reykjavik

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Historic Site
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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  • It was worth a stop on the On-Off Bus to see the house that Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met at in 1986 to discuss ending the Cold War. There are nice informative panels with pictures to read.  more »
  • It was quite something to go where Reagan and Gorbachev met for summit talks. Just a great piece of history!  more »
  • It was nice to visit Höfði House at around 23:00 with a lot of sun in the summer skies but not many people around it. As many people have already written it played a pivotal role in the beginning of t...  more »
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  • 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
  • Memorable place where Reagan met Gorbatsjov and the very beginning of the end of the cold war - not open to public
  • In recent years, Höfði House in the district of Laugardalur has become one of the major landmarks in Reykjavík the capital of Iceland. And not without a reason. It is famous for its history in Iceland and also internationally as a symbol referring to the end of the cold war, after Ronald Reagan president of the United States and Mikhail Gorbachev president of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics had their famous meeting in the house in 1986.
  • Historic place. Well done.
  • A very famous house in Reykjavik, I was once so lucky to see it on the inside but it is not open to the public, you can though walk around the house. In 1986 when Reagan and Gorbatsjov, had their meeting there it was said to be beginning of the end (of the cold war)