"See ReykjavÝk's geographical position." Top 5 Page for this destination Hallgrimskirkja Tip by Regina1965

Hallgrimskirkja, ReykjavÝk: 61 reviews and 185 photos

  The bollard with the geographical position.
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  • The bollard with the geographical position. - Reykjavík
      The bollard with the geographical position.
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  • The copper plate with the information. - Reykjavík
      The copper plate with the information.
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  • The bollard as seen from the church. - Reykjavík
      The bollard as seen from the church.
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  • The bollard and Hallgrímskirkja. - Reykjavík
      The bollard and HallgrÝmskirkja.
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  • The bollard and Leif the lucky "Leifur heppni". - Reykjavík
      The bollard and Leif the lucky "Leifur heppni".
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By HallgrÝmskrikja church you can see ReykjavÝk's geographical position. In 1900 The general staff of Denmark (we were a Danish colony at the time) was given the task to measure and map Iceland in the scale of 1:50.000. They worked on this for 40 years and mapped the whole of Iceland.

In this very spot in ReykjavÝk, Skˇlav÷r­uholt, they first measured the base line and geographical position of Iceland and calculated it in a scientifical manner. The bollard was raised and all position calculations in Iceland were baised on this location.

The geographical position of the bollard in the summer of 1900 was:

Longitude 21░ 55' 51",2 Greenwich
Latitude 64░ 08' 31",9

The height of the bollard above average sea-level is 37 meters.

The City council of ReykjavÝk had the bollard fixed and put the copper plate with the information in Icelandic on it (which I have translated here into English). The copper plate is a gift from the Danish Geodetic survey.

The most northern settlement in Iceland is GrÝmsey island which is located at 66░ North and belongs partly to the North pole. You can get a certificate when you go to GrÝmsey that you have crossed the Arctic cirle. The Arctic circle is at the Latitude 66░ 33' 17".

Address: Skˇlav÷r­uholt by HallgrÝmskirkja, 101 ReykjavÝk
Directions: On the top of Skˇlav÷r­uholt, from the center of ReykjavÝk, walk up Skˇlav÷r­ustÝgur until you reach the church. The bollard is on the left hand side in front of the church.
Phone: +354 510 1000
Website: http://hallgrimskirkja.is/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 6, 2010
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Regina1965

“Bon Voyage :)”

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