In a beautiful meadow on the outskirts of Mosfellsbaer is the Halldor Laxness museum dedicated to Icelandic author and Nobel Prize winner Halldor Laxness (1902-1998), who is one of Iceland‘s most esteemed writers.

Halldor Laxnes was active and prolific in his long career and wrote 13 novels as well as plays, essays, short stories and poems. His most popular novel, Sjalfstaett fólk (Independent people), was published in four parts for 1933-1935 and tells the story of the farmer Bjartur of Summerhouses. Laxness’ writing changed through time as did his ideals and beliefs. In spite of that, his sympathy was invariably with the underdog and he always managed to see the comic aspects of his characters and their actions.

Gljufrasteinn museum

Opened in 2004, the Gljufrasteinn museum is housed in his former home, unchanged since Laxness lived there, with original furniture and artwork on the walls by famous contemporaries like painter Johannes Kjarval. Halldor lived there with his family for more than half a century. Surrounding the house is a large garden that is open to the public and number of pleasant walking routes are in the vicinity.

Enjoy a multimedia presentation including interview clips with the author that showcase his strong personality. Musical performances are given on his grand piano on Sunday afternoons in summer.

Entrance fee

Adults: 900 ISK

Senior citizens and disabled: 700 ISK

Children (younger than 18): Free

Opening hours

September – May: Every day except Mondays from 10-16

June – August: Every day from 9-17

How to get to the Laxness museum

The museum is located 20 minutes from Reykjavik. Take road no. 1 to Mosfellsbaer. Turn right at the junction to Thingvellir. You will see a white house on a hill on your right side about 4,5 km down the road.

GPS: 64.180932 N, -21.581773 W