The home of the President of Iceland – Bessastaðir and Álftanes


Get up close and personal with the president

Bessastaðir is one of Reykjavík´s hidden gem, only located few kilometers from the capital city in Álftanes, a town in Reykjavík Capital Area. Bessastaðir offers it´s visitors a unique blend of nature and history and is the official residence of the Icelandic President and the first lady of Iceland.


It’s possible to drive up to the presidents house, Bessastadir

The great writer, Snorri Sturluson, had one of his farms in the land of Bessastaðir in the 13th century.

The main building at Bessastaðir as it is today,
was built in 1761-1766.

From the home of the President of Iceland, one can enjoy fantastic views over the capital city and the surrounding mountains

In the home of the President of Iceland


Cozy nordic furniture in one of the rooms at the presidents house


Icelanders tend to be fairly liberal; visitors are sometimes able to visit home of the President of Iceland and enjoy a nice stroll along the estate with the President and the first lady. The surrounding areas are great for light hikes along the coast or in the lavafields.




If you’re lucky you’ll meet the first lady


A stairway in Bessastaðir





Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland, left.

Sometimes the president is present when the home of the President of Iceland is open for guests.

For those who are interested in history, then Bessastaðir has a long history; it belonged to Snorri Sturluson, the author of SnorraEdda. However after his slaying, it was claimed by the King of Norway.

For centuries it was the Royal stronghold and the dwelling of the King´s men.



When visiting, you can walk around the house and enjoy the art pieces



The classic presidents car

Tragic hit Bessastaðir as well as many other places in Iceland in 1627, when Turkish slave raiders attacked, however luckily Bessastaðir resisted the attack. Bessastaðir was then home of a school until the Indpendence of Iceland in 1944, when it became the official resident of the President of Iceland.

The history of Bessastaðir
is a interesting read.



Tourists can really get into most of the rooms


Álftanes, the area of the presidents house

Next to Bessastaðir is the charming town of Álftanes. It still keeps it´s rural charm and it is a common sight to see horses and sheeps roaming around in gardens and grass fields. Álftanes is a town in the Reykjavík Capital Area. It has a population of around 2,500. There is not a lot for tourists in the area, other than checking out the presidents house, swimming in the modern pool, taking a walk on the shore, playing golf, enjoying the lively bird life and last but not least: cruising around some of the streets with spectacular houses.


The swimmingpool in Álftanes

The new swimmingpool in Álftanes offers a relaxing, bright and warm environment. It offers families good fun, with slides and several hot tubs.

There you can swim in few different pools, hop in a jacuzzi with your choice of temperature or take a steambath. Not only that, this place has the only wave pool in Iceland and the biggest water slider, 10 meters high and 80 meters long.

The address is: Breiðumýri, 225 Álftanes.

When visiting the home of the President of Iceland, a swim in the area is a nice roundup of a cozy afernoon.


The shore at Álftanes

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
The president of Iceland
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the fifth president of Iceland, lives at Bessastadir in Iceland.
DOB: 05/14/1943

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