Reykholt Town (What To See - West)

Reykholt Town (What To See - West)



History


Reyholt is one of the most famous places in Iceland┤s history. Reykholt is located in southwest Iceland, about 110 kilometers from ReykjavÝk (1.5 hours by car). Reykholt was home to an Icelandic law speaker and Iceland┤s most famous medieval writer and a poet, Snorri Sturluson in the early 13th century. Snorri Sturluson wrote both Heimskirngla, which is considered to offer the best and most accurate description of relations around the Nordic countries from the year 900, and Edda also known as Snorra Edda covering paganism. At Reykholt you will find an historic church and a medieval institution called Snorrastofa, named after Snorri Sturluson. The task of the research centre is to research and provide insight into Snorri┤s work. At Reykholt you will also find Snorralaug pool, one of the oldest existing constructions in Iceland and considered to be the oldest man made hot spring pool, used for bathing in Iceland. Snorrlaug is a hot bathing pool constructed during medieval times. Next to the pool, there is a tunnel that leads directly to where Snorri Sturluson┤s home once stood. Today, there are no remains of his home at Reykholt. Snorri Sturluson was assassinated in his home here in 1241 by the order of the king of Norway.



Nearby attractions



Close by you will find the impressive Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls and Deildartunguhver hot spring, both very much worth a visit when in the area. Many of our self drive packages include a visit to Reykholt and the Borgarfj÷r­ur District and can be found at www.tour.is

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