Gljúfrasteinn was the home of writer Halldór Laxness (Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955) and his family for more than half a century. He was a prolific writer during his long career and his books have been translated into 43 languages and published in more than 500 editions. The house is open as a museum, where the author’s home is preserved just as it was when he lived and worked there.
In the reception building you can watch a multimedia presentation dedicated to Laxness’s life and work. Laxness lived for almost the entire 20th century and his life and works reflect the cultural, political and intellectual movements that shook and transformed the world during the century. Books and souvenirs are for sale in the museum gift shop.
Audio tours of the house are available in Icelandic, English, German, Swedish and Danish. A folder is available in French, with detailed information about the house, objects and works of art. Tours can be offered in other languages by prior arrangement with the staff.
In the beautiful countryside right next to Gljúfrasteinn, visitors can take walks to see where Laxness spent his childhood and, in later life, sought his inspiration.
Hours of Operation & AdmissionHours of Operation: Note that the house is closed for repairs at present time, further information on homepage. Summer: Daily 9 am – 5 pm. Winter: September 1st – May 31st, Daily except on Mondays 10 am – 4 pm. Closed during weekends from November until the end of February.
Admission: Adults ISK 900, seniors and disabled ISK 700, Children under 18 free admission. Tour operators get a 10% discount when they book for groups or individuals.
Souvenir ShopsNo features currently available.