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Grjótaþorpið or "Rock-village" is the oldest part of Reykjavík. The name Rock-village stems from one of the smallholdings (farms) in Reykjavík, by the name of Grjóti "The Rock" which stood where Grjótaþorp is now located. From ca 1786-1886 the village was built. In this area there was a lot of rocks, which were used to build the Lutheran Cathedral, Dómkirkjan. This part of town is also called Kvosin.
It is not so easy to find the village, if you don't know that it exists. I recommend going to the oldest house in Reykjavík in Aðalstræti (apart from the one in Viðey), see my tip, and walk up the small slope and there you will walk straight into Grjótaþorp, which is only a few streets.
The oldest timber house in Grjótaþorpið village stands by Túngata and is called Vaktarahúsið house, most likely built in 1848.
Grjótaþorpið village is defined by these streets, Aðalstræti, Túngata, Garðastræti and Vesturgata.
I would say that artisty types of people live in this village. Weekends people partying down-town have caused them a lot of trouble, by peeing and vomiting on their doorstep, so it is not always easy living so close to the bars and discos.
Grjótaþorpið has been preserved since 1980.
Address: Grjótaþorp, 101 Reykjavík
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