Literature Landmarks

Hannes Hafstein was born on December 4th 1891 in Hörgárdalur in the north of Iceland. He studied law at the University of Copenhagen, after...
Adlon Bar, or Langibar as it was known in daily parlance, stood between Aðalstræti 6 and 8, the old Morgunblaðið building and the theatre...
The history of Hressingarskálinn (lit. The Refreshment Lodge) in Reykjavík, or „Hressó“ as it is usually called in its shortform, goes back...
The street Laugavegur derives its name from the fact that it used to lead to the hot springs in Laugardalur, where Reykjavík‘s citizens did...
Ásta SigurðardóttirAbout Ásta Sigurðardóttir written by:  Professor Dagný Kristjánsdóttir from the webside Nordic Women writersÁsta...
The farm Brekkukot in the novel The Fish Can Sing (1957), by Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness, was modeled after Melkot. Halldór‘s parents...
Málfríður Einarsdóttir‘s (1899-1983) first book, Samastaður í tilverunni (A Place to Belong), was published in 1977, when she was at the...
Svava Jakobsdóttir was born on October 4, 1930 in the small town of Neskaupstaður. She graduated from highschool in 1949 and completed a B....
Ljósmynd Tryggvi Emilsson
The writer Tryggvi Emilsson (1902-1993) lived in this neighbourhood from 1947 to 1956. His three-volume autobiography is an important...
Old drawing of the god Odin
Around Skólavörðuholt hill, fifteen streets carry names from Norse Mythology. The neighbourhood is sometimes referred to as the...
Theódóra Thoroddsen
This house, originally in Vonarstræti 12 by the Reykjavík City Lake, was the home of poet Theodóra Thoroddsen (1863-1954). She is one of...
Torfhildur Hólm
“I was the first one judged by nature to reap the bitter fruit of deep rooted prejudice of literary dames.”Torfhildur Þorsteinsdóttir Hólm...
Einar Benediksson
Einar Benediktsson (1864-1940) is one of Iceland’s most revered poets. He was an influential figure in the independence movement of Iceland...
Unuhús is a small house in the oldest part of Reykjavík. It was built in 1896 and is famous from the works of two major Icelandic authors:...