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By Hallgrímskrikja church you can see Reykjavík'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 Reykjavík, Skólavörðuholt, 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 Reykjavík 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 Grímsey island which is located at 66° North and belongs partly to the North pole. You can get a certificate when you go to Grímsey that you have crossed the Arctic cirle. The Arctic circle is at the Latitude 66° 33' 17".
Address: Skólavörðuholt by Hallgrímskirkja, 101 Reykjavík
Directions: On the top of Skólavörðuholt, from the center of Reykjavík, walk up Skólavörðustígur until you reach the church. The bollard is on the left hand side in front of the church.
Phone: +354 510 1000
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