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


Reykjavik Bˇkmenntaborg UNESCO City of Literature

Hressingarskßlinn Marker image. Click for full size.
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." — 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 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
Hressingarskßlinn Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
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.
Steinarr, when it was implied that he spent too much time in the city's cafÚs.

Erected by SÝminn.
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 H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i 101, Iceland.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. MßlfrÝ­ur Einarsdˇttir (within shouting distance of this marker); ForsŠtisrß­uneyti­ / Prime Minister's Office (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Bankastraeti 10 (about 210 meters away); Theodˇra Thoroddsen (about 210 meters away); Adlon (about 210 meters away); Torfhildur Hˇlm (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Einar Benediktsson (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Laufey Jakobsdˇttir (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reykjavik.
Also see . . .
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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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