Gljúfrasteinn

Halldór Laxness from Mosfellsbær

Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness would have been 100 years old on 23 April 2002. He was an incredibly prolific writer: 62 books over a 68-year period. Over 500 editions of his works have been published, and they have been translated into 43 languages. Halldór’s books are an important part of Iceland’s culture, and most Icelanders have read some of his works.

The Mosfellsdalur valley, where Halldór grew up on the farm Laxnes, is the site of the historical Mosfellskirkja church. On the valley’s south side is a cluster of friendly greenhouses. Halldór built a house for himself and his family at Köldukvísl, and named it Gljúfrasteinn. That house has now been turned into a museum. In his later years, Halldór wrote the book Í túninu heima (Home in the Hayfield), in which he described his childhood experiences at his home in the Mosfellsdalur valley.

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