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Reykjavik Sights

Háskóli Íslands (University of Iceland)

  • Sæmundargata 2
  • Reykjavík
  • Educational Institution

Updated 12/12/2012

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On the large crescent-shape lawn in front of the main university building is a statue of Sæmundur Fróði, a symbol of the value of book learning. Legend has it that after studying abroad, Sæmundur made a pact with the devil to get himself home, promising his soul if he arrived without getting wet. The devil changed into a seal to carry him home. Just as they arrived, Sæmundur hit the seal on the head with his Psalter, got his coattails wet, and escaped with soul intact.

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Sæmundargata 2, Across from Hringbraut and diagonally southwest from the park lake, Reykjavík, 101, Iceland


Updated 12/12/2012


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