Reykholt, w a church, parsonage, a medieval institution and a hotel in one of the most famous places in Iceland’s history, the home of Snorri Sturluson (1179–1241), w who was murdered there. Snorri was a writer, chieftain and law speaker, the best-known Icelandic medieval writer.
A statue of Snorri by Gustav Vigeland presented by Norway was unveiled 1947. Snorralaug (“Snorri’s pool”), an outdoor bathing pool with piped warm water and a tunnel leading to it from under the old farmhouse are considered to be among the oldest extant constructions in the country. Graves of the Sturlungas, the powerful family to which Snorri belonged, are in the churchyard. Much geothermal heat is in the area. The main hot spring, Skrifla, supplies the Snorralaug pool and the local buildings with hot water.
The old timber-church in Reykholt was built 1886-87 and bears a certain resemblance to Reykjavík Cathredal. In the keeping of the National Museum since 2001.