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Gljufrasteinn-Laxness Museum

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Address: 270 Mosfellsbaer | P.O.Box 250, Reykjavik 270, Iceland
Phone Number:
34 55868066

Gljufrasteinn - Laxness museum was the home and workplace of Halldor...

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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I have been to this museum a few times and I love it, and all the nature around it. It is in Mosfellsdalur. It is free and if you are on your way to thingvellir, you can stop and... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2012
Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

I have been to this museum a few times and I love it, and all the nature around it. It is in Mosfellsdalur. It is free and if you are on your way to thingvellir, you can stop and see it on your way to thingvellir

3 Thank vidtjornina
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

This is a nice museum. When family members went fishing and I didn't want to go, this is where I headed. If you do not like museums you will really not like this one. As is it not a very old or large country exhibits might not be what you are used to. But if you like history and like... More 

1 Thank Austintxrr
Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

The former home of the only Icelander to get the Nobel Price. Excellent writer and an interesting journey trough his life. A must for any culture lover and I strongly recommend all to take a look of some of his work.

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

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

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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.

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London, United Kingdom
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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.

1 Thank PeterNoble
Rutherford, New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 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.

2 Thank NY2405
Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 29 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... More 

2 Thank OskarDeSevery
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Reviewed 21 February 2011

A very memorable visit to Gljufrasteinn, the Home of Halldor Laxness, the Icelandic NobelPrize winner in literature in 1955. His house is now a museum and one can imagine the impact of the environment to his novels. Translation in several languages.

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Reviewed 8 November 2009

Wonderful experience; Halldor Laxness lived here until 1995 and his wife until 2002, so unlike many writers' museums, it still feels "lived-in" and you get a real sense of the personality of this great novelist. Small, but the sort of place where you want to linger; full of paintings and sculptures by leading Icelandic artists (including Kjarval), and some classic... More 

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