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Gljufrasteinn-Laxness Museum
Ranked #94 of 179 things to do in Reykjavik
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Owner description: Gljufrasteinn - Laxness museum was the home and workplace of Halldor Laxness (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955) and his family for more than half a century. It is now opened to the public as a museum, unchanged from when Laxness lived there. In the reception building you can buy tickets, souvenirs, books, and watch a multimedia presentation dedicated to Laxness’s life and work. Visitors can take walks in the beautiful countryside as well.
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46 reviews
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

learn about iceland! informative and interesting and above all, free!

Visited April 2012
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“Nobel Laureate's home”
Reviewed 1 April 2012

Halldór Laxness, the author of the Independent People, has lived in Gljufrasteinn near Mossfellsbær. This is now a museum where there are guided tours in several languages. It is a must visit.

Visited July 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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“A haven of tranquility and culture”
Reviewed 8 March 2012

Halldor Laxness (the Nobel prize for literature) built and ived in this house just outside Reykjavik all his life. It contains a lot of art and pieces that he collected over his life. You get to really understand how he came to write such moving novels.

Visited March 2012
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Rutherford, New Jersey
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“Very nice Museum”
Reviewed 2 February 2012

We loved this museum and it was nice to see his house, His house is basicly the museum. It is about 30 min away from Reykjavik. We went to this museum by a surprise and we loved it. We were very glad that we saw it.

Visited December 2011
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“An intimate insight into the life and work of Iceland's literary ambassador”
Reviewed 28 December 2011

For devoted fans of Halldor Laxness, or even the casual reader of Independent People (for which Laxness was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in the 1950s), the trek to Gljufrasteinn is well worth it. The visit begins with a short multi-media presentation, followed by the visit to the house which served as Laxness' home and place of work. Readers of "The Fish Can Sing" will find at the entrance the clock that inspired the stately, almost other-worldly clock in Brekkukot. The audio guide helps convey the practice of Icelandic hospitality that was perhaps perfected at Gljufrasteinn, as Laxness welcomed a constant stream of guests from all corners of the earth, feeding them and regaling with music. Excerpts of an interview with Laxness' wife reveal how more entertaining was done at Gljufrasteinn than was the case in diplomatic circles. The curator maintains the house with great care (for example, placing Christmas cards on the living room table and Christmas malt and appelsin in the dining room during the holiday season). A number of Laxness' books are available for purchase on-site.

Visited December 2011
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