Hólavallagarður is situated in central Reykjavík, near The Pond and The National Museum. It is the largest 19th-century cemetery in Iceland, with its oldest grave dating back to 1838. For many, the cemetery serves as a green space within the city, offering tranquillity and peace. It's rich in flora, with over 200 species of plants.
Many of the tombstones and sculptures are very artful, and some have a historical and cultural significance. Many notable Icelanders are buried here, including Jón Sigurðsson, Iceland's national hero, Bríet Bjarnhéðinsdóttir, often dubbed the first feminist, and Jóhannes Kjarval, Iceland's best-loved painter. A monument to French and Faroese sailors can be found in Hólavallagarður.