Hofdi House

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Tracey1169
Willenhall, UK549 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is where the process of ending the Cold War began in 1986. It’s within easy walking distance from the town. Not sure if you can go inside as it was closed when we went. There is also a piece of the Berlin Wall close by.
Written February 1, 2020
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Mridula-A
Somerset, NJ306 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
Flanked by Icelandic waterfront on one side and heart of downtown on other this rather nondescript building was the meeting place for the historical summit that put an end to cold war. The lawn and the sculptures both old and new including the Blue German sculpture located on intersection is worth a quick look.
Written January 31, 2016
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Mel_CanJamusa
Tallahassee, FL72 contributions
Aug 2019
Although, we weren't able to do a tour inside the house, it was great to visit because I like history. U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev met at this house from October 11-12, 1986 to explore the possibility of limiting each country’s strategic nuclear weapons to create momentum in ongoing arms-control negotiations. The 1986 Reykjavík Summit almost resulted in a sweeping nuclear arms-control agreement in which the nuclear weapons of both sides would be dismantled. Although no agreement was reached, many historians and government officials, including Gorbachev himself, later considered the 1986 Reykjavík summit a turning point in the Cold War.
Written September 4, 2019
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Sarah D
Denver, CO266 contributions
Aug 2019
One of the first things my dad mentioned when we arrived in Reykjavik was that that's where Reagan met Gorbachev during the Cold War. I hadn't known this, but I'm a bit of a history buff so I was quickly intrigued. We quickly looked up the location of this meeting and knew we had to stop here just to see it. It's pretty much just a house that sits looking over the ocean. It's right on the main street that goes up the coast into Reykjavik so you don't have to go out of your way to see it, it's just a quick stop and there's a parking lot there. In fact, we stopped on our way to the airport, it took about 10 minutes to read the plaques there and look around and then we headed out. If you don't care much about history this probably will be a boring stop, but if you do this is a must-see. It was so neat to see where such an important meeting was held.
Written August 25, 2019
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Boeing747-8I
Freeport, NY124 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
It was wonderful to be able to view this particularly important site for someone who grew up during an amazing time of U.S./Soviet(Russia) relations. Though we were not able to go inside, it was still awesome to view it from the outside. I hope the Icelandic government will spend funds towards the upkeep of this historical landmark - on the outside it is showing signs of deterioration.
Written July 13, 2019
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Steve5863
Avon, OH13,020 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
This large white house, located just south of the harbor on the eastern end of downtown Reykjavik, was originally built to house the French consul in 1909 and later served as the British embassy in the 1940’s and 50’s until the resident ghost, The White Lady, finally convinced the British to sell the property and move their embassy.

However, the Hofdi House is most significant as the location of the 1986 Reykjavik Summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev; while no major agreements came out of the summit, it is considered to be the beginning of the end of the Cold War.

While the house is not open to view the interior, it is worth a quick visit to see the setting of this historic meeting; one can climb the front stairs to stand where Reagan and Gorbachev shook hands, a scene that was broadcasted to millions around the world. The grounds also have two sculptures; one is a sculpture depicting pillars from the chieftain’s seat of Reykjavik’s first Norwegian settler and the other is of Einar Benediktsson, a poet, lawyer and business man that lived here for many years although there is no explanation of either onsite.
Written April 15, 2018
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Traveler
Santa Rosa, CA260 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
How amazing to be in a location where such dramatic events were shaped. It was well worth a short stop and walk around.
Written February 25, 2018
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Joan H
Ramsgate, UK75 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
As this is such an historical landmark, I expected there to be more information. It appears closed to the public. There is a small notice mentioning its importance in telecommunications and another about the local heroine. Nothing at all about all the famous people who have been here. Mystifying.
Written January 30, 2018
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RedbirdDeb
Dallas, TX41 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
You won't spend much time there but you will be so glad you went by. To know the Cold War ended here gives you chills. A beautiful little spot and a must during your travel to Iceland.
Written October 28, 2017
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helenngbl
Singapore, Singapore163 contributions
Sep 2017 • Family
We walked around the grounds of the house and learnt a little about its history. It's fine to take a look if you're passing by on the way back to the city from a day trip out.
Written September 22, 2017
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