history

Vikings and Settlement

Vikings and Settlement At the time when the Irish had discovered Iceland and started regular sailings there, boatbuilding and skill in navigation were also d...

Harbor construction in Reykjavik

Harbor construction in Reykjavik (1913-1917) The Reykjavik harbor construction was the most expensive construction Icelanders had undertaken. It included a r...

Pourquoi-Pas

Pourquoi-Pas (September 16th, 1936) In September 1936, returning from the mission to Greenland to deliver scientific material, the ship Pourquoi-Pas IV stopp...

Garðhús and the Marchioness

Garðhús and the Marchioness Garðhús c. 1946. To the left of the house is the Reykjavík Freezing Plant, and to the right part of the Daníelsslippur shipyard....

The Sheriff’s Garden

Sheriff’s Garden from 1893 When Dr. Schierbeck left Iceland in 1893, he sold his house to town sheriff Halldór Daníelsson, together with the right to garden ...

Reykjavík Church

Reykjavík church A church is known to have stood at Reykjavík since before 1200. The oldest cartulary of Reykjavík Church (known as Vík Church) dates from 13...

Reykjavík Harbor and Aviation

Reykjavík Harbor and aviation Reykjavíkurhöfn is the cradle of aviation in Iceland. The first planes to fly over the sea to Iceland in 1924 were so-called in...

The flag incident

The flag incident became a pivotal moment in independence battle and Iceland became a sovereign state five years later. Unofficial flag of Iceland from 1897...

Breiðholt

Breiðholt Estate boundaries 1703 Just above Skógarsel street in Breiðholt is the farm mound of the farmstead of Breiðholt, from which the district draws ...

The French Hospital

The French Hospital The building while serving as a lower secondary school, around 1960. (Photo: Gunnar Rúnar Ólafsson) Lindargata 51 The building her...

Grjótaþorp

Grjótaþorp Map of Reykjavík 1876, Grjótaþorp shown as Grjótahverfi (Grjóti Quarter) Grjótaþorp (Grjóti Village) derives its name from Grjóti, one of eigh...

Sunnuhvoll

Sunnuhvoll Sunnuhvoll farm, bottom centre, in 1930. Above the farm we see Þór brewery at the corner of Rauðarárstígur and Háteigsvegur, the gas station at H...

Austurvöllur

Austurvöllur Scottish sheep grasing on Austurvöllur in 1932. The importing of the sheep was an agricultural experiment of the Icelandic goverment. (Photo: M...
Aerial photo of Hlíðar district in 1961

Reykjahlíð

Reykjahlíð Aerial photo of Hlíðar district in 1961. Here we can see how the Reykjahlíð farmhouse is surrounded by the expanding district. (Photo: Gunnar Rún...
Bernhöftstorfa 1904–1905

Bernhöftstorfan

Bernhöftstorfan Bernhöftstorfa 1904–1905. (Photo: Magnús Ólafsson The name Bernhöftstorfa (Bernhöft‘s Sward) is derived from the T.D. Bernhöft bakery, wh...
The statue of settler Ingólfur Arnarson by sculptor Einar Jónsson (1874-1954) was erected on Arnarhóll in 1924 by the Reykjavík Mechanics’ Guild.

Arnarhóll

Arnarhóll - Arnarhólstraðir In modern times Arnarhóll is a recreational area and a venue for public events – here on National Day, 17 June 1948. (Photo: Sig...
Börn við vinnu á saltfiskreitnum á Rauðarárholti

Fish drying grounds

Fish drying grounds People at work at the fish-drying grounds in Kirkjusandur around 1910. (Photographer: Magnús Ólafsson) The traditional way of drying ...