Flaxafloi Square

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Flaxafloi Square Reykjavik Reviews

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Ingolfur's Pillars Feb 03, 2017
Pop down to Faxafloi Square which is very near the tourist office and you will see two columns emitting steam or a trickle of hot water which actually symbolises the foundation of the city. This refers to Ingolfur Arnarson, the early Icelandic explorer who threw his two high chair pillars in the sea and vowed to settle where he found them. Three years later his slaves found them and so he s built his homestead and founded Reykjavik.

By the columns there is usually a hot dog stand, and up the steps at the other end of the square is a hot dog and ice cream shack, so you may like to have a snack while you are there. Often there will be teenagers flying around on their skateboards that may be fun to watch for a while.
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