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. 

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 t...

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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 h...

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Hljómskálagarðurinn

Hljómskálagarðurinn is a park in Reykjavík’s downtown area, renowned for its birdlife, sculptures, and serenity. Loc...

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Tjörnin

Tjörnin is the historic, picturesque pond that can be found in downtown Reykjavík. Sites and Activities at Tjörnin This popular s...

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Ráðhúsið – Reykjavík City Hall

Reykjavík City Hall (Ráðhús Reykjavíkur) is located on the banks of Tjörnin Pond in central Reykjaví...

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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 disco...

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Alþingi

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

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Dómkirkjan

  The small and charming Domkirkja church is the central Lutheran church in Iceland.  The Domkirkja is situated at Reykjavik's main pu...

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Austurvöllur

  Austurvollur is a public square in the centre of Reykjavik and a popular gathering place. Around the square are cafés, clubs, sho...

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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, restaura...

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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.  The name of the busine...

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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 exhibit...

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Hallgrímskirkja

Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran church, located on top of the Skólavörðuhæð hill in the centre of Reykjavík. A...

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Whale Exhibition Center

The Whale Exhibiton Center is a floating information and exhibition center at Reykjavik harbor. The Whale Exhibiton Center is focused on informing it...

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Reykjavík Harbour

  Reykjavík Harbour refers to the Old Harbour and is located close to the centre of the city. It is the main port of departure for whal...

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Reykjavík Airport

  Reykjavík Airport refers to the predominantly domestic airport within Iceland’s capital, often shortened to RVK or BIRK. While...

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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-Icel...

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Sun Voyager

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Whales of Iceland

Photo from Whales of Iceland The Whale of Iceland is the biggest exhibition on whales in the world, located in Reykjavík, which also works tow...

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Reykjahlíð

  Reykjahlid is a small village by the shores of Lake Myvatn, in North Iceland. Reykjahlid has about 300 inhabitants and is close to many natu...

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Tours near University of Iceland

Reykjavik Scooter Sightseeing Tour

Zip through Reykjavík on an electric scooter for a unique sightseeing experience. This tour......

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