Höfði House, built in 1909. It’s best known as the location for the 1986 summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbatsjov, a historical event that effectively marked the end of the Cold War.
In Iceland, belief in the Huldufolk (“hidden folk”), or elves, is so strong that building plans are altered to suit them, roads are diverted around their lands, and people even build tiny houses and churches for them. Over half the population of Iceland believes in the possibility that these folk exist.
Friday, 3:30 p.m. Hallowed Halls To get your bearings, take the elevator to the top of the austere Hallgrimskirkja, an imposing pale gray church whose distinctive stepped-slope facade frames a tower (admission, 700 kronur, or about $6 at 118 kronur to the dollar) from which a bird’s-eye view of the city’s colorful rooftops and compact downtown awaits.