Reykholt is one of the most historical
places in Iceland and was a cultural centre for centuries.
Here was the home of the chieftain and historian Snorri
Sturluson from 1206 until 1241 when he was slain by his
enemies in the subterranean walk to his pool. Snorri
Sturluson was Icelandís greatest Saga writer as well as
being an author, and a great scholar.
His most renowned works are
Snorra-Edda and Heimskringla. Snorralaug, a thermal pool at
the farm of Reykholt where Snorri used to bathe, has been
restored and so was a tunnel he used to reach
the pool from his residence. Reykholt has been a school
centre for decades and a Snorri museum has been established
There are many hot springs at Reykholt
and in the valley Reykholtsdalur, which is the largest low
temperature area of the country. During the years 1986-87
archaeological excavations have revealed stacked up
ruins of differently old buildings and the sub terrain walk,
used by Snorri to reach his outdoor pool is gradually
leading the scientists to the farm of Snorri. One of those
is Deildartunguhver, the largest of its kind in the world.
Spectacular waterfalls are in the
vicinity and in the consequent rivers one can enjoy salmon
fishing. Trout fishing is also popular in the many lakes in
the area. Great many tourists visit Reykholt every year and
a hotel with a good restaurant is open the whole year round.
There are also good camping sites at
Reykholt and in the valley. The drive to the summer resort
Husafell is relatively short. Husafell is in one of
Icelandís few woodlands and is therefore very popular among
the native travellers. En route are Hraunfossar and
Barnafossar, both waterfalls, where nature seems to have
been playing at wonders. Daily tours on the glacier
Langjokull and to Surtshellir, one of Icelandís largest
caves, are operated from Husafell.