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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
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