Reykjavík's main square, Austurvöllur, is located in the heart of the old city, and contains the city's main cathedral and the Parliament building. The square was originally part of the hay fields of the city's first settler, Ingólfur Arnarson. In the centre of the square is the statue of Jón Sigurdsson, the Icelandic nationalist who led the country to independence from Denmark (gained in 1944). Although I did not witness it, in the summer the square is a favourite sunbathing location for the city's inhabitants!
The Austurvollur is Reykjavik's main square which was originally a hay field for the town's first settler, Ingolfur Arnarson. Today, it's a busy gathering place when the weather's nice, a place for political demonstrations and in many ways is Reykjavic's heart. Surrounding the square is a diverse collection of landmarks including the elegant Hotel Borg, the Parliament Building, the city's oldest church Domkirkja, the charming Cafe Paris and the dance club NASA.
This is the oldest square of Reykjavík.
On one side, the Parliament building (see tip), and in the centre of it (second pic), the statue of Jón Sigurdsson, famous icelandic leader.
This square is on the place where the first settler of Reykjavik, Ingolfur Arnerson had his hayfields. It's surrounded by the Alpingi, Domkirka and the Hotel Bjorg.