Sigurður Nordal Institute
On the centenary of the birth of Dr. Sigurður Nordal, 14 September 1986, the institute which bears his name was established at the University of Iceland. The institute's role was to promote Icelandic culture and research into it, both past and present, in all parts of the world, and to build up links between scholars in this field in Iceland and abroad.
The institute was financially independent, and had its own governing board of three. The members of the board were appointed by the University of Iceland Faculty of Humanities, the University Council, and the Minister of Education and Culture. The minister's appointee was also chairman. The institute was managed on a day to day basis by the director.
The institute was located at Þingholtsstræti 29, Reykjavík, in a timber house built in 1899. The house, in "Swiss-chalet" style, was imported from Norway in kit form, as was common at this period. The house is a protected building.