Gljúfrasteinn: At Home with Halldór Laxness

I’ve been on something of a hiatus here at The Afterword: taking some time off to finish my Master’s in Library and Information Science and graduate (!) and also–excitingly–take my first trip to Iceland. I’ll be back with reviews and lit crit articles of interest soon, but in the meantime, here are some shots of Gljúfrasteinn, the home of Iceland’s Nobel Prize winner, Halldór Laxness. We didn’t take the full tour of the house–which you can do–but we did walk around the grounds a bit, which was great.

Although Gljúfrasteinn is now a museum, it has been kept as it was when Halldór and his family lived there. There’s a lot of information in English and more images on their website, here: http://www.gljufrasteinn.is/en

Quick anecdote: when we rented the car to drive around (with GPS directing us to important spots), the man at the rental place suggested that we should skip Gljúfrasteinn, because “it is just the home of some famous writer, and not interesting unless you’re really into history.”

Halldór’s car is still parked in the driveway.

Behind the house.

It’s somehow kind of odd to imagine a Nobel laureate having an above ground swimming pool.

Two churches in the Mosfellsdalur valley, visible from the front of Gljúfrasteinn.

Kaldakvísl is the river behind Gljúfrasteinn.


Sheep grazing in the valley behind the house.

Easy to see why this would be such an ideal place to work.


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2 thoughts on “Gljúfrasteinn: At Home with Halldór Laxness

  1. Congratulations Larissa on your graduation!
    Iceland must be pleasant in summer but wouldn’t want to hang around for the winters.

  2. Thanks very much! At the moment, I think it’s very important that I don’t think too much about winters in Iceland. Better to just have to deal with it once I’m there…and just keep dreaming about those endless days of light….

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