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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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Though this place is not open to public, this historical building was where Reagan and Gorbachev ended the cold war in 1986. Built in 1909, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Reykjavík. There is a parking lot here, but it is chargeable.
  • This is the start of the end of the Cold War of last century. Though the building is not open to visit but having a walk around and you'll get the feel and understand its historic importance. Benches available to sit down and relax. Impressed that it was prefabricated and shipped all the way from Norway for assembling.
  • Unfortunately it is not open to the public which is a shame. This house is very historic as Ronald Reagan and Michael Gorbachev started to end the cold war here. You can walk around it however and read about the story on the information board they placed there. If you are in Reykjavik go and see it, it does not take much time and is close to other tourist attractions.
  • I was visiting Iceland for few days and this was one of the landmarks I visited. Place of the famous meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. Reykjavik is a wonderful town to visit but the real Icelandic beauty remains in its nature landscapes, parks, glaciers and volcanos. Amazing place to visit.
  • Amazing place to visit (even considering the building was closed on the day we visited), keeping in mind this was the place where the summit between Reagan and Gorbachev occurred and where the beginning of the end of the "cold war" between the United States and USSR started, was an amazing place to see.

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