Reykholt is one of the most important historical places in Iceland and a cultural
centre for centuries. Here was the home of Snorri Sturluson, the chieftain and historian,
from 1206 until 1241, when he was slain by his
enemies. Snorri Sturluson was Iceland’s greatest Saga writer as well as
being an author and a great scholar. His most renowned works are Snorra-Edda
and Heimskringla (The Orb of The World; Orbis Terrarum). "Snorralaug", a
thermal pool at the farm of Reykholt where Snorri used to bathe, has been
restored and so has 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. There
are many hot springs at Reykholt and Valley Reykholt
is the largest low temperature area of the country. Deildartunguhver, a wonder in itself,
is the largest hotspring in Europe. Spectacular waterfalls
are in the vicinity and the rivers offer salmon
is also an information centre for tourists.
The nearby Husafell is in one of
Icelands few woodlands and is therefore popular among
the natives. Enroute are Hraunfossar and Barnafoss
waterfalls, where nature seems to have been playing at wonders. Daily
tours on the glacier Langjokull and to Surtshellir, one of Iceland’s largest
lava caves, are operated in the area.
37 via Hvitarsida, Bifrost 26 km
90 km via