By Hringbraut
Hringbraut is first seen in its entirety on a plan from 1927. The idea actually first appeared shortly after the turn of the century in 1900. The street was supposed to be the widest, a transport structure that would be a half ring road, the town inside the ring. Hringbraut was supposed to pave the way to and from Reykjavík Harbor and out to the country. A twenty-five meter wide street, which ran by a railway station in Norðurmýri, which then connected the capital to the South and beyond. The conceptual designer of Hringbraut was Knud Zimsen (1875-1953), an engineer and later Mayor of Reykjavík. Hringbraut was built, but not the railway station. Now almost a hundred years later, Hringbraut is still one of the capital’s main traffic arteries from the west of town, from Seltjarnarnes to the city center and then it keeps going further on. Two of the busiest workplaces in the country are located on or near the western side of the Hringbraut, Landspítalinn and Háskóli Íslands. Icelandic Times / Land & Saga went on a photo tour to capture the atmosphere on and around Hringbraut in 101, as it is now.

Building cranes at the new Landspítalinn

The new neighborhood that is being built by Valsvöllurinn, south of Hringbraut

Landspítalinn, the main building hidden by the construction works of the new Landspítalinn

Long-distance buses are waiting for tomorrow at BSÍ Umferðamiðstöð at Hringbraut

Here, Hagkaup first opened it’s now one of the largest grocery stores in the country, and today is part of Hagar. Hagkaup opened its first store in a cowshed at what was then Miklatorg at Hringbraut (left) in 1959. But in the building that now stands south of Hringbraut, before the Second World War, there was one of the largest cowsheds in the country for a time. That provided Reykvíking with milk, butter and cream.

24/03/2023 : A7R IV : FE 2.8/100mm GM
Photographs and text: Páll Stefánsson