A quick dispatch –
We got into Reykjavík yesterday morning and right away were taken for a short spin by my guide Guðmundur Eyjólfsson. This is Bessastaðir, the official residence of the President of Iceland on the Álftanes peninsula just outside Reykjavík.
In the foreground is the church “constructed from locally quarried lava stone and opened in 1796” (vide Andrew Evans in Iceland, Bradt Travel Guide 2008) and behind it is the president’s home.
Where else in the world can you drive up to the doorstep of the country’s president without being intercepted by armed security guards a mile ahead of the entrance?