“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Reykjavik, H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i­, Iceland


Reykjavik Bˇkmenntaborg UNESCO City of Literature

Hressingarskßlinn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
1. Hressingarskßlinn Marker
Inscription.   HÚr Ý AusturstrŠti 20, Ý einni elstu byggingu borgarinnar, hefur kaffih˙si­ og veitingasta­urinn Hressingarskßlinn veri­ rekinn me­ hlÚum frß ßrinu 1932. H˙si­ sjßlft ß sÚr langa s÷gu, sem nŠr aftur til ßrsins 1805 ■egar ■a­ var flutt tilh÷ggvi­ frß SvÝ■jˇ­. Hressingarskßlinn hefur Ý gegnum tÝ­ina veri­ gri­asta­ur skßlda, listamanna og gßfumenna. M÷rg merkustu skßld ReykjavÝkurborgar hafa vermt sŠti Skßlans, en ■ekktasti fastagesturinn er ■ˇ vafalaust skßldi­ Steinn Steinarr (1908-1958), sem ßtti ßvallt sinn sta­ vÝsan Ý eldri hluta hans.

äKaffih˙sin eru minn hßskˇli." Ś Steinn Steinarr, vi­ Ragnar Ý Smßra ■egar Steinn haf­i ■ˇtt heldur ■aulsŠtinn ß kaffih˙sum ReykjavÝkur.

Here in AusturstrŠti 20, one of the oldest buildings in Reykjavik, the cafÚ and restaurant Hressingarskßlinn (The Refreshment Lodge) opened in 1932. The building itself traces its history to the beginning of the 19th century. Hressingarskßlinn, or in its contracted form Hressˇ, has through the decades been a gathering place of writers and intellectuals. Many of Reykjavik's best known authors sought shelter, nourishment and
Hressingarskßlinn Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
2. Hressingarskßlinn Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here mounted to the right of the door (beneath the yellow sign on the roof), with the cafe itself to the left of that.
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food for thought within its walls. Among Hressˇ's best known regulars was the modernist poet Steinn Steinarr (1908-1958).

"I get my higher learning in cafÚs," answered Steinn Steinarr, when it was implied that he spent too much time in the city's cafÚs.
Erected by SÝminn.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentIndustry & Commerce.
Location. 64° 8.844′ N, 21° 56.252′ W. Marker is in Reykjavik, Capital Region (H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i­). Marker is on AusturstrŠti just east of Pˇsth˙sstrŠti, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: AusturstrŠti 20, Reykjavik, Capital Region 101, Iceland. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. MßlfrÝ­ur Einarsdˇttir (within shouting distance of this marker); AusturstrŠti 14 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bernh÷ftstorfan / Bernh÷ft's Sward (within shouting distance of this marker); AusturstrŠti 12A (within shouting distance of this marker); AusturstrŠti 8 (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); AusturstrŠti 12 (about 90 meters away); Bernh÷ftsh˙s (about 90 meters away); ForsŠtisrß­uneyti­ / Prime Minister's Office (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reykjavik.
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1. Hressingarskßlinn (WOW Airlines). We wonĺt delve too deeply into the long story here; but the house was imported from Sweden and has stood at its current location since 1805 – putting it among the most venerable buildings in the whole city. The ĹSvenskaĺ house, as it was long nicknamed, housed a succession of important people like sheriffs and the like, before eventually being bought by the government, given to a youth organisation and then swapped with a baker. The baker then moved his place of refreshment, Hressingarskßlinn (quite separate from his actual bakery) into the house – even bringing in “a foreign man” to install a coffee machine the likes of which were all the rage in “international coffee houses” and had never been seen in Iceland before. (Submitted on July 13, 2017.) 

2. Hressingarskßlinn (Wikipedia, in Icelandic). (Submitted on July 13, 2017.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 196 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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