Saturday, July 2, 2016

Reykjavik, Iceland: Hofoi

Iceland isn't filled with buildings of historical significance to the rest of the world, but this one certainly qualifies.

Hofoi was the site of the meetings between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986. The leaders of the U.S. and U.S.S.R. met about halfway between the two countries, which put them in Iceland. The host country would like to think that the agreements reached in this building started the world on the road toward the end of the Cold War. And Iceland has an argument.

There is a statue near the house on the grounds to Einar Benediktsson. The beloved poet and businessman used to live here. The building also has served as the British Embassy. It is now used by the city for formal functions.

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