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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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An intelligently conceived exhibition of the home of Halldor's Laxness, the only Icelander so far to have won a Nobel Prize in literature. It's a self guided tour. Using headsets... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2015
Saskatoon, Canada
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Saskatoon, Canada
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Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

An intelligently conceived exhibition of the home of Halldor's Laxness, the only Icelander so far to have won a Nobel Prize in literature. It's a self guided tour. Using headsets that speak various languages, you go through the rooms of this wonderful house and imagine the gracious life Halldór and his wife Auður lived here. Much of what you see... More 

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Anoka, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2015

Any trip to a famous author’s home is interesting, this one is exceptional. Because the house and its furnishings have been unchanged since Halldór's demise, a visitor gets a strong sense of his presence. Laxness was a man of discerning taste and it shows in the art and style of his possessions. It helps to have some knowledge of Laxness’... More 

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Marlton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2015

Right away we knew we would have a good time bc the man who picked us up was very personable. The instructors were very good at making sure we were comfortable and had all the proper gear to stay warm. The horses were all great! Wish we had more time. The ride ended just as we started getting really comfortable... More 

Thank psushan03
Norrkoping, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2014

Our tour took us to Halldor laxness museum where we had a pleasant hour going round looking at the "time capsul" that it is. His home stands just as it was when he passed on and the excellant audio tour explains it all in a simple way. Never read any of his books but maybe I'll give it a try.

Thank Harry R
Stroud, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2014

If you love Laxness' writing you'll enjoy visiting his home. Very Icelandic in its idiosynchratic style. Wonderful setting and the 'garden' is a joy.

Thank Alison M
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2014

The 'overchurch' review below re public transport still stands. Ie number 15 bus from Hlemmar to Haholt (Mossfellsbaer). However, the 27 bus at Haholt is now replaced with a free taxi doing the same route AND on exactly the same 27 timetable, as a continuation of your journey. You need to pre book this "at least an hour in advance".... More 

2 Thank OurManIn
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2013

I am a huge admirer of Halldor Laxness, so it was fascinating to visit his home and see where he worked. It is a beautiful, modernist house set amidst breath taking scenery. Informative guide and a small shop for books & postcards. You can also take walks along by the river.

1 Thank CCaldo
Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2013 via mobile

This museum is in the very well preserved home of Halldor Laxnes in the beautiful Mosfell area. There is an audio guide full of interesting information as it takes you through the rooms. This is not a noisy museum, it is quiet and graceful, perfect for the contemplation of the life and works of an outstanding author. Take a trip... More 

1 Thank AntiDiva
Corvallis, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2013

Visiting the Halldur Laxness home was secondary on our agenda, but it should have been on the "must do" list from the start. It really conveyed the spirit of the writer, yes, the Islanders. The tour is self guided with a headset. You could go into all the rooms, even the bathroom. I loved the simplicity and good taste of... More 

2 Thank nurseintheair
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2012

I stopped by this quaint and attractive home of Halldor Laxness. It was snowing, and the beauty of it worked well. It is easy to understand from where Mr Laxness drew his inspiration. On approaching the curator handed me some 'oveshoes' which all visitors I assumed were asked to wear, as they moved around the house. I was handed the... More 

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