Laxness Museum


Laxness Museum

P.O. Box 250

270 Mosfellsbaer, Iceland

Tel.: +354 586 8066 


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Gljufrasteinn - Hus skaldsins / Laxness Museum

Gljufrasteinn was the home and workplace of Halldor Laxness (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955) and his family for more than half a century. It has now been opened to the public as a museum, unchanged from when Laxness lived there. In the reception building you can watch a multimedia presentation dedicated to Laxness’ life and work. Tickets for admission, books and souvenirs are also sold there. In the beautiful countryside right next to Gljufrasteinn, visitors can take walks as part of their visit, to see where Laxness spent his childhood and, in later life, sought his inspiration.


Halldor Laxness (1902-1998) stands head and shoulders above the other Icelandic writers of the 20th century. He was prolific during his long career, writing 13 major novels, five plays and a dramatisation of one of his novels, not to mention his collections of short stories, essays and memoirs. His books have been translated into 43 languages and published in more than 500 editions. His career was unique, the diversity of his works almost without parallel, and with every book he can be said to have approached his readers from a new and unexpected direction.


Gljufrasteinn / Laxness museum is in the valley of Mosfellsdalur, only 20 minutes away from Reykjavik and on the way to Thingvellir national park.


Opening hours and Admission

Summer(June 1st - August 31st)

Every day 09.00 - 17.00


Winter(September 1st - May 31st)

Tuesdays to Sundays 10.00 - 17.00


Tours of the house are available in Icelandic, English, German, Swedish and Danish. For further information or booking of tours tel: 586 8066, e-mail us or visit our homepage.