Take a walk through the old town of Reykjavik and view the colourful houses of which the native people are so proud of. Historic building have been lost in fire which perhaps makes the Icelanders appreciate those that are standing even more. We’re sure that the Icelanders you meet on your way will gladly guide you on your way through the old town of Reykjavik.
Reykjavík boasts many great buildings which include:
· Alþingishúsið (the Icelandic Parliament), located in Austurvöllur, built in 1880-81.
· Dómkirkjan (The Icelandic Cathedral), located in Austurvöllur, built at the end of the 18th century.
· Stjórnarráðshúsið (Iceland’s Government House), located next to Lækjartorg, built in 1770.
· Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík (College of Reykjavík), located in Lækjargata, built in 1845.
· Þjóðmenningarhúsið (Icelandic Cultural House), located in Hverfisgata, built in 1906-1908.
· Þjóðleikhúsið (Iceland’s National Theatre), located in Hverfisgata, opened 1950.
· Háskóli Íslands (University of Iceland), located in Sæmundargata, built in 1937.
· Hallgrímskirkja (one of Iceland’s major churches), built in 1945-1986.
· Perlan (“the Pearl”) built on two geothermal water tanks, now serving as a visitor center and a restaurant.
- Opened in 1991. The government put it up for sale in 2012, to the great surprise of many Icelanders.
· Ráðhúsið í Reykjavík (Reykjavík City Hall) opened in 1992.
By the way, when taking a stroll downtown, why not visit the oldest swimming pool in Reykjavík, Sundhöllin?