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“Not for a sightseeing stop”
Review of Hofdi House

Hofdi House
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Reykjavik Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #61 of 179 things to do in Reykjavik
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

It was part of a sightseeing tour, but I really don't get it! The fact that It was the site of the 1986 Reykjavik Summit between Reagan & Gorbachev doesn't add any interest to that simple house lost in a busy area of the city. I mean, It's not enough to make it a touristic stop for a sightseeing. There are so many other interesting places in Reykjavík that could be on the sightseeing program instead of Hofdi House. They should change that!

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Reviewed September 13, 2013

We happened upon this jewel of history on the day it opened. Since we were the only visitors there, the tour guide was all to ourselves. Knowledgeable, personable, and well-spoken, he immersed us in Hofdi House history as we were guided through the house. The most notable and interesting information pertained to the 1986 Cold War talks between President Reagan and USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev. President Reagan huddled his staff into the men's bathroom for strategy meetings. He was certain it was the only place that wasn't bugged by the Soviets. BRILLIANT!

Note: It's an easy walk along the water to the Hofdi House. Enjoy the view as you take in this piece of history in beautiful Reykjavik.

Thank Emmie W
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

My wife and I visited Hofdi House on a Tuesday afternoon last month. I would check with a local Visitor Information Centre to be certain when one can actually go into Hofdi House but it is well worth the 500 ISK entry fee if you can do so.
This house has a most interesting history aside from being the site of the 1986 Reykjavik Summit between Reagan & Gorbachev that was a pivotal event towards the fall of the Iron Curtain.
The house was built in 1909 and was originally occupied by the French consul. There are "ghost stories" and "telecommunications stories" associated with the house as well.
The artifacts that one can see inside the house are remarkable including the tome with the signatures of Reagan and Gorbachev side-by-side.
It is a small house on the waterfront that is about a one mile walk from Harpa. The walk between Harpa and Hofdi House is easy and scenic.

Thank MobileResident
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

For history buffs Hofdi House is a must. They have furniture, and the guestbook from the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit. The problem is that hours are minimal, just 11AM to 4PM weekdays, if I remember correctly, and they will close to the public if they have a reception of some sort taking place. It took us three tries, but we finally got in. 500ISK to enter.

Thank JoeBenevides
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

While you cannot go inside the building, it's still worth a visit because of the historical events that took place inside. In 1986 Reagan and Gorbatshev met here for historical talks that are considered the start of the end of the Cold War. The building itself is located near the waterfront in-between some modern office buildings, but you can still get some good pictures.

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