House of eight friendly nations
In Vatnsmýri stands the Nordic House in Reykjavík, designed by the Finnish genius Alvar Aalto (1898-1976). This Nordic cultural institution was opened in 1968 and is run by the Nordic Council of Ministers, as are the sister houses in Þórshöfn in the Faroe Islands, Nuuk in Greenland and in Mariehamn in Åland. From the beginning, the Nordic House has had a unique position in Icelandic cultural life where various cultural events and exhibitions are organised. The building has a unique library with only books in the Nordic languages. There is also a large exhibition hall, a café, a children’s library and a festivity hall that is widely used. The Nordic Houses are one of the most important tools for ensuring cultural cooperation on a broad basis. Thus promoting understanding and cohesion between Nordic countries, from Greenland in the west to Finland in the east.
Reykjavík 05/02/2022 17:59 – A7R IV : FE 2.8/100mm GM
Photo and text : Páll Stefánsson