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Rekijavik - Capital of Iceland
Description: A tour of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, by Burton Holmes in 1926
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Clip #: TFA-78C
Length: 4:05
Year: 1926
Color: B/W
Sound: Silent
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1920s
Filmmaker: Burton Holmes
Region: Europe
Country: Iceland
City: Reykjavik
Subject: Native Life
Original: 16mm
Approaching dock from launch, many people on dock, people in local costume, three policeman, city street, Icelandic ponies, pony, horse, many riding horse with umbrella, tourists in horse drawn cart, CU young girls and boys with hats, women with funny hairstyles, laundry in outdoor hot spring, women working, icelandic wrestling on deck of ship,

Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland. Its latitude at 64°08' N makes it the world's most northern national capital. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxaflói Bay. With a population of around 120,000 (and over 200,000 in the Greater Reykjavik Area) it is the heart of Iceland's economic and governmental activity. Reykjavík is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland, which Ingólfur Arnarson is said to have established around 870. Until the 18th century, there was no urban development in the city location. The city was founded in 1786 as an official trading town and grew steadily over the next decades, as it transformed into a regional and later national centre of commerce, population and governmental activities. These pictures were taken in Reykjavik and surrounding areas on 7-9 July, 1926. Mr. Burton Holmes and his assistant Franklin Lavarre were among the passangers of SS Carinthia which made a call at the port of Reykjavik during a sub-Arctic cruise subsequently taking them to Hammerfest and Nordkap in Norway. (Source: Morgunbladid daily newspaper, 9 July 1926.)

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