Hofdi, Reykjavik

Hofdi, Reykjavik

Hofdi is a Reykjavík house built in 1909 that has picturesque seascape views. 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. Even today, there are flags of these two countries on display.

The city of Reykjavík purchased the house in 1958, restored it to its former glory. Since that time the building was used for formal receptions and festive occasions by the city government. Many celebrities and rulers of different countries visited, lived or worked here. There is a sculpture in front of the house that represents the first Norwegian settler in Reykjavik.
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Sight Name: Hofdi
Sight Location: Reykjavik, Iceland (See walking tours in Reykjavik)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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