A Summer Evening in the City Centre

Skólavörðustígur is one of the two main shopping streets in the centre of Reykjavík, the other street being Laugavegur. Skólavörðustígur stretches from the intersection of Laugavegur and Bankastræti to the southeast up Skólavörðuholt Hill and ends at Hallgrímskirkja Church, which stands at the top of the hill. There are many companies and shops on the street as well as a prison. The prison is currently being renovated. It was built in 1872 and was in use until 2016. The idea is to turn the building into a dining hall. When the Icelandic Times visited Skólavörðustígur late last night, it was surprising how many people were out and about, especially tourists window shopping.

Reykjavík 24/07/2021  22:47 24mm

Looking up Skólavörðustígur towards Hallgrímskirkja Church

Photograph and text: Páll Stefánsson