Reykholt is one of Iceland’s most notable historical sites. It is a cultural centre, church centre and vicarage. The area is most famous for being the home of Snorri Sturluson (1178-1241) during the years 1206-1241. Snorri is Iceland’s best-known author, poet and scholar. There is considerable geothermal water in Reykholt, and an ancient thermal pool is named after him - Snorralaug, where research is currently being conducted. Snorri is believed to be buried in the local churchyard. Snorrastofa is intended to advance research and help promote interest in medieval studies, and the history of Reykholt and Borgarfjörður. It also provides tourists with services and participates in concerts at Reykholtskirkja church. The Reykholt Festival is held annually.

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