- Address: Alftanes, Iceland, Reykjavik
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +35-45653300
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Church, Family And Kids
Bessastadir - Review
Two buildings stand out pretty sharply here - white, with red roofs on an isolated stretch of land on two corners of a building. One is the home of the President of Iceland, and it is closed to the public. It’s a fitting location as Bessastadir used to be a Royal stronghold back in the 13th century, and the place where many royal appointees lived. It has actually found mention in the Icelandic Sagas. The other is a church, also fitting, as there has been a church here as far back as 1000. The church building is one of the oldest cemented buildings in Iceland. Check out the stained glass windows and the triptych altarpiece. Some areas may be off to public access so check the signs. There is not much to do here.
- Call to verify the opening times of the church.
How To reach Bessastadir by Public Transport
- By Car
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Things to Know Before Visiting Bessastadir
1.55% of people who visit Reykjavik include Bessastadir in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
41.18% of people start their Bessastadir visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Bessastadir
92.31% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Bessastadir
Bessastadir, Reykjavik Reviews
There can't be many countries you can walk up to the leaders front door and give it a knock, not that we did! A very secluded home with a church in front. A beautiful vista all around to take in. Highly recommend a visit as it is on the way from Reykjavik to Keflavik and is a very nice drive to get there.
This an excellent stop for tourists, but especially for those of us from America that are used to seeing government residences with high security. There's very little at this presidential residence, which is in stark contrast with other presidential residences around the world. During our visit we saw both the president and the first Lady and both were quite nice. The structure isn't all too impressive, but the lack of security along with the great views make this home well worth the stop.
It was so nice exparience to shake hands with the President !
The presidents house and worthy of the name. The grounds are open and accessible to the public. No security and our guide said that he meets the president walking his dog from time to time. No tours inside however. It's just a place for a quick stop and a few photos.
Bessastaðir is the official residence of the President of Iceland. What may surprise you is there is no gate or heavy security so you can walk on the grounds and visit the church. Bessastaðir have a long history and was once a school before it be came the residence. Please do respect that this is a residence. You can take as many pictures as you want.