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Gljufrasteinn-Laxness Museum

270 Mosfellsbaer | P.O.Box 250, Reykjavik 270, Iceland
34 55868066
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Ranked #27 of 83 attractions in Reykjavik
Type: Museums
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 » 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. « less
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 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.

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 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

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 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.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

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

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Corvallis, Oregon
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138 reviews 138 reviews
47 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 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

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 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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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 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

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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34 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 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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mikk
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

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

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