Information about University of Iceland

The University of Iceland was founded in 1911.Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Tommy Bee. 

The University of Iceland ("Háskóli Íslands"), in Reykjavik, is Iceland's oldest and largest university. 

Learn more about the city on a tour of Reykjavik.

The University was founded in 1911 as a civil servant's school and has since grown steadily to become the country's largest public research universities. The university sees an average enrollment of 14,000 students a year. 

The University has twenty-five faculties, split between fields of teaching and research that include humanities, medicine, natural sciences, teacher education, social sciences and engineering. The largest school is that of social sciences, with around 4700 enrolled students.

There are approximately thirty buildings that come under the University of Iceland's banner, the most recognisable of which is the main campus, covering 10 sq hectares directly to the south of the inner-city pond, Tjornin. The University library, Þjóðarbókhlaðan, is situated beside the main campus, whilst the university's oldest building was built in 1934. 

The University of Iceland is also the largest single workplace in the country, employing 700 tenured lecturers, over 2000 non-tenured lecturers and approximately 300 researchers and administrators. 

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Norræna húsið

Credit: The Nordic House Facebook.  The Nordic House (Est. 1968) is a cultural institution and exhibition space in Reykjavík which aims to nurture cu...

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National Museum

  The Icelandic National Museum, located at Sudurgata 41 in Reykjavik, displays objects providing a great insight to the nation's cultural histor...

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Hljómskálagarðurinn

Hljómskálagarðurinn is a park in Reykjavík’s downtown area, renowned for its birdlife, sculptures, and serenity. Visit this park on a tour of Reykj...

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Tjörnin

Tjörnin is the historic, picturesque pond that can be found in downtown Reykjavík. Visit this tranquil spot and see the best of the city on a tour...

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Vesturbaejarlaug

Vesturbæjarlaug is a public pool in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík. It can be walked to from most hotels in the city, though those staying furth...

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Ráðhúsið – Reykjavík City Hall

Reykjavík City Hall (Ráðhús Reykjavíkur) is located on the banks of Tjörnin Pond in central Reykjavík.  Visit the City Hall on a tour of Reykjavik....

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Reykjavík Settlement Exhibition

Photo above from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Heidrunin The Reykjavík Settlement Exhibition is a fascinating place where visitors can discover, an...

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Alþingi

Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo by Sikeri The Alþingi is Iceland’s parliament, and the longest-running ongoing representative assembly in the worl...

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Dómkirkjan

The small and charming Domkirkja church is the mother church for Lutheranism in Iceland. It holds a special place in the lives of Icelandic people a...

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Austurvöllur

Austurvollur is a public square in the centre of Reykjavik and a popular gathering place. Visit Austurvollur on a tour of Reykjavik. Around the sq...

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Lækjargata

Laekjargata is a street in central Reykjavik. The street has some of Reykjavik's oldest houses and features several cafés, restaurants shops and...

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Bæjarins Beztu | Hot Dog Stand

Bæjarins Beztu Pyslur is a popular hot dog stand in the centre of Iceland’s capital Reykjavík.  Make a stop at this hot dog stand during your tour...

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Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhus / Harbor house

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by TommyBee. Hafnarhús, or the Harbour House, is one of the three buildings which hosts the exhibitions of...

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Hallgrímskirkja

Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran church, located on top of the Skólavörðuhæð hill in the centre of Reykjavík. At 74.5 metres (245 feet) tall, it is t...

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Reykjavík Harbour

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Arnarhóll

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Reykjavík Airport

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Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Harpa is Rekjavík’s premier concert hall and conference centre. Opened in 2011, its design was a collaboration between Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafu...

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Sundhollin

Sundhöllin is a swimming pool in central Reykjavík. Even if you rent a car for your holiday, you should be able to walk to it from most places in t...

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Sun Voyager

The Sun Voyager (Sólfarið) is a large steel sculpture of a ship, located on the road Sæbraut, by the seaside of central Reykjavík. The work is one...

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