In touch with history
Reykholt is one of Iceland's most notable historical sites,
being most famous as the home of medieval writer Snorri Sturluson, author of Edda. Reykholt was his residence from the year 1206 until he was killed there in 1241. Snorri is buried at a burial site in Reykholt cemetery.
From 1931 there was a boarding-school in Reykholt and a statue of Snorri Sturluson stands in front of the old school house. The statue was made by Gustav Vigeland in 1947 and was a gift from Olaf, then crown-prince and later king of Norway.
Geothermal water can be found in abundance in Reykholt and is used for heating houses, swimming pools and greenhouses. Geothermal pools are mentioned in old anecdotes and a geothermal pool, Snorralaug (Snorri's Pool) is one of the few structures preserved whole from Iceland´s Medieval Period. A tunnel that lay from the pool to Snorri's residence, has been partly excavated.
Snorrastofa is a cultural centre and institute for research in medieval studies. The centre oversees exhibitions and guided tours as well as lectures.
The old church in Reykholt was built in 1885-1887 and served as the parish church until the new church – the main concert venue of Reykholt Chamber Music Festival – was consecrated in 1996.
Photo Credit: Valgerður G. Halldórsdóttir