Gljúfrasteinn was the home and workplace of Halldór 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.
Vitur maður hefur sagt að næst því að missa móður sína sé fátt hollara úngum börnum en missa föður sinn.(Brekkukotsannáll, 1957)
Halldór 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.
Gljúfrasteinn-Laxness museum in the valley of Mosfellsdalur is only 20 minutes away from Reykjavik on the way to Thingvellir national park.
Driving from Reykjavik, take road 1 to Mosfellsbær. Just beyond the town limits, look for the junction on the right to Thingvellir. There you turn right into Mosfellsdalur. Gljúfrasteinn is 4.5 km down the road on your right side. You can see the white house on the hill from a distance.
Bus 15 drives from Reykjavík to Háholt in Mosfellsbær. From the Háholt busstop a pre-booked bus (taxi) takes you to the Laxnes busstop in Mosfellsdalur.
To pre-book the bus (taxi) from Háholt you need to call 5 88 55 22 at least an hour before the scheduled time.How to get there