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University of Iceland, Reykjavik

University of Iceland, Reykjavik

The University of Iceland (Icelandic: Háskóli Íslands) is a public research university in Reykjavík and the country's oldest and largest institution of higher education. Founded in 1911, it has grown steadily from a small civil servants' school to a modern comprehensive university, providing instruction for about 14,000 students in 25 faculties. Subjects covered include social sciences, humanities, medicine, natural sciences, engineering and teacher education. It has a campus concentrated around Suðurgata street in central Reykjavík, with additional facilities located in nearby areas as well as in the countryside.

The University of Iceland was founded by the Alþingi on June 17, 1911, uniting three former post-secondary institutions: Prestaskólinn, Læknaskólinn and Lagaskólinn, which taught theology, medicine and law, respectively. The university originally had only faculties for these three fields, in addition to a faculty of humanities. During its first year of operation 45 students were enrolled. For its first 29 years the University was housed in the Icelandic Parliament building, Alþingishúsið, in central Reykjavík. In 1933, the university received a special licence from Alþingi to operate a cash-prize lottery called Happdrætti Háskólans. In 1940, the university moved into the main building, designed by Icelandic state architect Guðjón Samúelsson. The main building forms the core of the university campus on Suðurgata, where most of the principal buildings of the university are located today. In recent years there has been some major restructuring. In 2008 the university was divided into five different schools.
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Sight Name: University of Iceland
Sight Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Reykjavik, Iceland

Create Your Own Walk in Reykjavik

Create Your Own Walk in Reykjavik

Creating your own self-guided walk in Reykjavik is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Reykjavik Introduction Walk

Reykjavik Introduction Walk

Reykjavik is a wonderful city set on a small island in the enormous ocean. It is the northernmost capital in the world. This city, close to the Arctic Circle, probably boasts the most beautiful landscape in the world. In Reykjavik you will see some great and unique Viking monuments, churches, and museums, as well as a lake in the middle of the city and geysers. This self-guided tour offers you an...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Churches Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Churches Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Icelandic churches are unique, and much of the best architecture of Reykjavik can be found at its religious sites. Most churches in Reykjavik do not intrude on the picturesque and dramatic scenery surrounding them. The exception to this rule is Hallgrímskirkja, the most impressive church of the city. This self-guided tour will lead you to the religious sites of Reykjavik:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Shopping Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Shopping Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Shopping in Reykjavik is mainly centered around Laugavegur Street. There are many art galleries that sell the work of Icelandic artists, and there are some specialty shops that sell warm, winter clothes made in Iceland. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most noteworthy Icelandic shops:

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Reykjavik Everyday Life Walking Tour

Reykjavik Everyday Life Walking Tour

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is set very close to the Arctic Circle. Today it is a very clean city with many colorful houses. The locals' everyday life depends mainly on fishing and sewing warm clothes. Their everyday food includes a variety of fish products. The people of Iceland live in a very picturesque place, where sunsets and seascapes are of unimaginable beauty. This self-guided...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Museums Walking Tour in Reykjavik

Museums Walking Tour in Reykjavik

Reykjavik, a city of Viking heritage, offers a great variety of museums where you can see the artifacts that remain from the time of the Vikings. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most interesting museums of Reykjavik, revealing the rich Icelandic culture:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
South Reykjavik Walking Tour

South Reykjavik Walking Tour

Reykjavik attracts tourists, first of all, with its unique, picturesque sunsets and views of the sky and also with its thermal waters. The southern part of Reykjavik has some interesting tourist attractions, including a geothermal beach with a magnificent and unforgettable skyline, geysers and museums. This self-guided tour will lead you to these amazing places:

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles