Halldór Laxness (1902-1998) was among the great literary figures of the 20th C and Iceland‘s only Nobel Laureate to date. His home, Gljúfrasteinn in Mosfellsbær just outside Reykjavík is now a national museum. A multimedia presentation on Laxness‘s life and an excellent self-guided audio tour of the house are available.
Laxness responded to beauty in all forms, and Western classical music was an especially abiding obsession. His was a romantic life that even included an unsuccessful stint in Hollywood. An assessment of his oeuvre is found here.
Gljúfrasteinn is nestled in beautiful surroundings. The visitor can today enjoy the many walking trails that so delighted and inspired Laxness.