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Sigrun Þormar

 •  17.02.17

Spring weather in February !

The weather this winter, and specially in February has been unusually mild.  No reason absolutly for visitors not to take a trip outside the capital and see the lovely waterfalls here in the West and to visit our interesting museums.  Remember, Iceland is not just Reykjavík :) .

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Salmon Fishing in Iceland

Want to put your attention to this instagram site by my son Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson and this vimeo movie taken by him last Friday when he was salmon fishing. https://vimeo.com/135148336 .

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Ivory Vikings

The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them by Nancy Marie Brown The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them (St. Martin’s Press; On-sale: September 1, 2015; Hardcover; ISBN: 9781137279378; $27.00) by Nancy Marie Brown is a richly imagined journey into the Viking world that created the Lewis chessmen, once called “the most important chess pieces in history” by the­ New York Times.

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Reykholt festival 24 th- 26th July

  Read more and order tickets http://www.reykholtshatid.is:  Opening event  -  Friday 24. July hours.

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The Far Traveler - The voyages of a Viking Woman

I am a great fan of Nancy Marie Browns books. She has written a very good book about my employe, Snorri Sturlusson, and another  one of my favorite books, the story of Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir.

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  7.04.15

The Norwegian king Harald in Reykholt 29th of July 2000

Snorrastofa in Reykholt was established in the honor of Snorri Sturluson. The King of Norway Harald V, came and opened Snorrastofa with Iceland's president Olafur Ragnar Grimsson. The opening was on the 29th of July year 2000. The Battle of Stiklestad" was on the 29th of July 1030, it is one of the most famous battles in the history of Norway. In this battle, King Olaf II, later canonized, was killed.

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Skógarfoss in Winter Wonderland Iceland

Iceland is always beautiful, no matter which time of the year. This picture was taken by my son, Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson, yesterday in sunny winterland in the south of Iceland.

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Golden ring for sale in Snorrastofa Gift shop

  Gold ring The ring found in the chancel of the medieval church at Reykholt is 18 carat. It is beaten into shape, widest and convex on the top with upturned edges and acanthus leaf decoration in the Romansque style.

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Góa - Konudagur / Women's Day on the 22nd of February 2015

In Iceland we celebrate women´s day on the first day of Góa, the 5th winter month of the old Norse calendar. Earlier, in the medieval times, it was between 8th and 14th of February. This year, the month of Góa begins on the 22nd of February.

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Conversion of St. Paul / Pálsmessa

The feast of Conversion of St. Paul / Pálsmessa falls on Sunday January 25.th.

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  24.01.15

Bóndadagur / Þorraþræll

How do we survive the last days of winter in Iceland.   It's not always easy I can tell you.

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Snorrastofa Reykholt this week ( week 50)

Oh the weather outside is frightful But the fire is so delightful And since we've no place to go Let It Snow. Let It Snow.

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Snorrastofa Reykholt this week ( week 49 )

This week in Snorrastofa  ( week 49)  we are open, as usual, all weekdays from 10 to 17 hours.  Notice Thursday  ( 4th December) evening  a concert in Reykholt church at 8 pm.

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Freyjukórinn and Gissur Páll Gissurarson in Reykholts Church

Freyjukórinn og Gissur Páll Gissurarson from Sigrun Thormar on Vimeo.   Lovely evening in Reykholts church yesterday 29.11.2014 The concert was really amazing, Gissur Gissurarson the icelandic tenor is the best and the Borgarfjord Women choir is really fine.

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This week in Snorrastofa Reykholt 25. - 29.November 2014

This week in Snorrastofa will be filled with exciting events.  On 25.th November at 20:30 hours, there wil be a lecture in our liberary by writer and journalist Magnus Thor Hafsteinsson .  The lecture is about ship convoys between Hvalfjördur and Northwest Russia in the Second World War during the summer of 1941.  This is the story of sacrifice, incredible heroic deeds and great suffering. These voyages had broad political and military influence,  where powerful men of the world turned their attention to the West and Hvalfjördur.  The lecture is free of charge, coffie will be avaliable in the break for 500 iskr.

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  18.11.14

Autumn days in Snorrastofa Reykholt

Day's gradually getting shorter in Reykholt.  The sky beautifully reddish and purple, when the sun rises and when the sun goes down. The weather in the South West of Iceland has been great.  In November day after day +8 degrees Celcious or even more, no snow and driving quite safe for all vehicles, summer road conditions all around the South West Borgarfjörður.

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Evening with Northern Lights in Reykholt

Yesterday evening the northern lights around Reykholt were amazing :)  We were having an evening in Snorrastofa with lectures about food production in Borgarfjörður.  Some local businesses came with some nice stuff to taste after the lecture, all done in good cooperation with " Blomlega býli"  ( TV series).

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Gospel Choir from Lindakirkja visiting Reykholt 19.10.14

Yesterday evening the icelandic choir  from the Kópavogur church "Lindakirkja" gave a concert in Reykholt church.  https://vimeo.com/109427503 They really knew how to swing :)   just published their CD with their own gospel music.

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October visitors in Snorrastofa and Reykholt Church

We still have many visiting Snorrastofa / Reykholt, though it is already October.  On the 30th September was the last group from Swedish "Christers Resor", this visit marks the beginning of winter for us, because now we have to wait until the beginning of May 2015 until they will visit us again :) Thursday a young German couple visited Snorrastofa, the young girl played this wonderful piece on our piano, a peaceful afternoon.

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Rastrelli Cello Quartett concert in Reykholt church Saturday 20.th September 2014

The Rastrelli Cello Quartett ( from St. Petursburg  Kira Kraftzoff, Sergej Drabkin, Mikhail Degtjareff og Kirill Timofeev.) and icelandic sopran singer Guðrún Ingimarsdóttir gave an amazing concert in the Reykholt church yesterday evening.

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  13.09.14

The fold at Fljótstunga

Every autumn there is a big sheep gathering not far from Reykholt, at Fljótstunga in Hvítársíða.  The farmers go on horseback for days up on the mountains to  heard their sheep.

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Visitors from Catalonia :)

  We are still every busy in Snorrastofa, and still a lot of traffic. This nice couple from Catalonia came to visit yesterday ( 11.09.14)  .

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Saturday in Snorrastofa

Saturday in Snorrastofa; Former president Vigdís Finnbogadóttir on an informal visit with her Danish guest.  A lecture for 22 Canadians, then a lecture for 50 mixed Scandinavians, then conference with the Swedish-Icelandic association (Svensk islandsk foreign) and a wedding.

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Norwegian choir from Trondheim

Yesterday we in Snorrastofa got a visit from Trondheim Norway.  A lovely choir whom sang for the local schoolchildren in the area.

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Amazing ladies from Philadelphia USA

  These amazing ladies were visiting Snorrastofa today. They came on their way to Skálholt and wanted to see the church.

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  18.08.14

Auður the deep minded ?

This picture brings thoughts back to the women of the  icelandic Sagas. The  Independent and deep minded women of the North.  One of them was Auður, a queen that settled in the west of Iceland.

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Concert in Reykholt Sunday 3rd August

Concert in Reykholt (Sunday August 3rd at 16:00).  Works by Torelli, Vivaldi, Hummel and Böhme,  with Olivier Gillet  trumpet and  Stéphane Rigat at the organ.  Both are from France.

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Fishing in Faxaflói Bay Reykjavík

Going sea angling in Iceland from Reykjavik harbor with the whole family is a great experience.   My cousin Kjartan Ólafsson is the owner and captain of the Christina, which sails from Reykjavik harbor, near Harpan Concert-house.

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St.Þorlák Day 20th of July

Þorlákur Þórhallsson is Icelands only saint.  Þorlákur had come to  Skálholt in 1178 from the monastery of Þykkvibær, where he had been abbot.  After he became bishop at Skálholt he fought for  increased  independence of the church, which  led him into conflicts with the icelandic chieftains.

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Hundadagar - Dog Days

 "Dog Days" last from 13th July to 23rd August. The term originated with the ancient Greeks who linked the heat of midsummer to the Dog star, Sirius.

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  24.06.14

King Olav of Norway's visit 1988- asphalting work Reykholt 2014

Today we got our parking area in front of Reykholt Church and Snorrastofa Medieval center paved.  We have been waiting for this moment for a very long time, so this was a day of celebration, even the sun was shining all day long :) This brings the memory back to 1988 when king Olav of Norway visited Reykholt.

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Women's Rights Day 19 June

Icelandic women were among the first in the world to gain the right to vote, on June 19th in 1915.  Women had been able to vote in local and parish elections since 1881, and in 1902 they became eligible for office in these bodies.  The extension of the franchise to women was approved by Parliament in 1911, but twice denied royal ( The danish king) assent .

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70 years of the republic of Iceland

Today is the 17th of June, which is Iceland´s national holiday, where we celebrate the foundation of the Icelandic republic and independence from Danish rule in 1944.   The specific date of the 17th of June was choosen in honor of Jon Sigurðsson, a leader of the 20th century independence movement and president of the Alþingi, our national parliament.

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Living in a birch forest

I had to share this Saturday morning with you :) I live in a birch forest in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland. The picture shows the view from my windows. The time is 8 am and Snipe is flying back and forth, there is no wind and the mountain is mirroring in the lake Skorradalsvatn.

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Newborn foal and "Settlement Chicken"

Wanted to share this with you :) My college in Snorrastofa and training partner (we actually have a very fine local fitness center called "Heilsuhof" at the small village in Kleppjárnsreykir) lives on a small farm in the Valley of Reykholt.   Not only is she our librarian in Snorrastofa, but she also breeds horses + has around 50 ewes and last but not least some very fine icelandic chickens.

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  17.05.14

17th of May -Norway's Constitution Day

Congratulation Norway with your 200 years anniversary.   The constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll on May 17 th in the year 1814. The constitution declared Norway to be an independent kingdom in an attempt to avoid being ceded to Sweden after Denmark-Norway's devastating defeat in the Napoleonic wars. The celebration of this day began spontaneously among students and others from early on.

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The Nordic Foreign Ministers meet in Reykholt

29. - 30.April 2014, Foreign ministers meet in Snorrastofa.

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First Day of Summer

The First Day of Summer all museums and exhibitons in West Iceland will be open and no entrance fee charged.   Welcome to Snorrastofa on this very special day :) The First Day of Summer my be counted the beginning of the year according to old Icelandic tradition.

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Magical Carvings

The magical carvings seen here on the doorways of the exhibition were made in accordance with traditonal motifs found in medieval art. The classic image of Sigurdur killing Fafnir is on the left hand side, but on the right side, well known manuscript illuminations have been used as a model.

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Easter in Snorrastofa

For the first time, the guest reception and exhibition in Snorrastofa will be open during the Easter holidays.    The shop is filled with stunning new stuff, so if you are looking for something for a very special person you should drop by :) Opening hours during Easter :  17.

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  6.04.14

Experience the Icelandic Sagas

The  Saga Museum has moved its location to a beautiful historical house at the old harbor in the center of Reykjavik.  The  museum is larger, there is a beautiful café and a light inviting  souvenir shop.

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Snorri Groupie's

Two very enthusiastic young girls from USA came to Snorrastofa this morning.  I asked them if they knew anything about Snorri and his work.

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Youth Symphony Orchestra" in Reykholt

Yesterday evening we had a concert in the church of Reykholt. Performing were the Youth Symphony Orchestra from Reykjavik the university choir and young violinist Geirþrúður Ása Guðjónsdóttir.

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Winter in West Iceland

If you are looking for traveling ideas in Winter Wonderland Iceland, than you should look here for ideas and inspiration.  : In Snorrastofa we are open all weekdays and ready to serve visitors.

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Reykholt Winter Wonderland

This March it is really amazing how buisy we have been in Snorrastofa the cultural center at Reykholt. First of all a succesful conference of the archeological investigations at Gilsbakki and Surtshellir by Kevin and Michelle Smith.

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  6.03.14

Snorrastofa / Reykholt on Icelandic Television

On the 26th February 2014 the Icelandic TV station "Stöð 2" came and visited us.  This is the outcome, 30 minutes TV show.

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Keflavik Base Area anno 2014

Major Jose Peltier and Lt. Col.

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The Iceland Saga Trail Association

Friday to Saturday ( 28th February to 1st March)  Snorrastofa will be attending the "Saga Trail Association"  konference in Víkingaheimar ( Vikingworld)  near Keflavik airport. We will be discussing the planned expansion of the organisation to periods after the 1550, and to celebrate a more formal cooperation with" Islandsstofa".

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Surtshellir Cave | Den of Thieves or Temple of Doom ?

(With the kind permission of Kevin B. Smith from Brown University - lecturing Reykholt on 22nd of February 2014)           ln the 13th century text Landnámabók (Pálsson and Edwards 1972), the 14th century Harðar saga ok Hólmverja (Jónsson 1953), and the fictive 19th century Hellismanna saga (Árnason 1889) Surtshellir is identified as the base of an outlaw band that fortified the cave in the late 10th century preying on the surrounding countryside until routed by a coalition of local chieftains.  The presence of bone piles and a stone-walled structure have been anecdotally recorded since the 17th century and a single radiocarbon date was run on a Bos bone fragment in 1969 by the lcelandic author Halldór Laxness.

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Surtshellir and Gilsbakki - Lectures in Reykholt

Saturday 22.th of February,  we will be having some very interesting lectures in the old school house in Reykholt, from 13 to 17 oclock.  Lecturers are Kevin and Michèle Hayeur Smith, their lectures will be in English. Kevin Smith:   "Den of Thieves or the Temple of Doom.

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  16.02.14

Hraunfossar / Lava Waterfalls

Today it is cold in Borgarfjord, the thermometer shows -10 celsius, the sun is shining and the wind is still. The view today towards the glaciers is magnificent…..

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Höfðinginn | The Chief

"The board for tourism in West Iceland"  awarded Snorrastofa with the 2013 award for being at the forefront of tourism in the area.  We at Snorrastofa appreciate the honor and the Certificate with the picture of this fine ram with hand knitted socks on his horns. .

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Cross in Reykholt

    The Cross in front of the church in Reykholt The design of the cross is inspired by the Gunnhild crucifix from 1150. The cross at Reykholt is made of steel and cedarwood, designed by the Norwegian artist Jarle Rosseland.

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The Ring from Reykholt

    Gold ring The ring found in the chancel of the medieval church at Reykholt is 18 carat. It is beaten into shape, widest and convex on the top with upturned edges and acanthus leaf decoration in the Romanesque style.

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Tod im Tunnel

Tod im Tunnel. Snorri Sturluson, Islands Grosser Dichter, war ein überaus gelehrter Historiker.

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  4.02.14

Þorrablót

In this time of year we are pretty tired of the icelandic winter …..  This winter has been particularly boring, windy days and slippery roads and sidewalks.

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Northern lights in Reykholt

Reykholt is always beautiful no matter the season and wintertime can be quite amazing here in the countryside with three glaciers to make the picture absolutely perfect .   the 3 " ELO"  making the perfect background are ;  Eiríksjökull, Langjökull and  Ok  This winter there have been many groups visiting Reykholt, some are from Japan whom are Aurora hunting :)    It is difficult to be sure when the Northern Lights will appear, as this depends on many different factors as  solar-activity and a clear sky is of course necessary.

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Homer Des Nordes by Oskar Gudmundsson

  Snorri Sturluson, Der Gigant der isländischen Literatur.Óskar Guðmundsson zeichnet das Leben des Multitalents Snorri Sturlusson Snorri Sturlusons biography is also available in German.  The author of Snorris biography  ( published in Iceland in 2009 ) is written by Óskar Guðmundsson, who lives and works in Reykholt.

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Voyages of a Viking Woman

Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttirs story can be read in The Far Traveler - Voyages of a Viking Woman, by Nancy Marie Brown. Sold in our store in Snorrastofa.

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Did Gandalf and the Hobbits come from Iceland ?

  I want to share this information with you, with the kind permission from the author of "Song of the Vikings" Nancy Marie Brown.  "Bifur, Bafur, Bombor, Nori, Ori, Oin, and … Gandalf.  These were all names from The Hobbit. What were J.R.R.

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  28.01.14

America2Iceland

America2Iceland - Equestrian Focused Education Vacations Nancy Marie Brown ( writer of " The Song of The vikings") will be giving guided tours of Reykholt and the vicinity this summer through America2Iceland.com, in partnership with Guðmar Pétursson at Staðarhús.  Visit the website, the tour looks quite exciting. You can read more about the tours here: http://america2iceland.com/trips/ .

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Heimskringla

Snorri Sturluson's history of the kings of Norway has come to be known as Heimskringla ( The Orb of the World), from the first sentence of Ynglinga saga: "The orb of the world that is inhabited by men has a deeply indented coastline" The book begins with legendary Swedish kings, after the clan moves to Norway. The story becomes  more historical with Halfdan the Black and his son, the conquering hero Harald Fairhair.

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Reykholt Church

In Reykholt we are all about history and traditions :)   We welcome you all days 1.may - 30. September from 10 to 18 hours and during the winter all weekdays from 10 to 17 hours.

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The Song of The Sun - Sólarljóð

  The church in Reykholt has beautiful windows created by the artist Valgerður Bergsdóttir.  She gets her inspiration from old manuscripts, and focuses on the written word which is the most important thing in Reykholt.

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Homer of the North?

Asbjørn Aarne, professor of European literature at the University of Oslo wrote the book  " Lyset i Nord- Et Snorre Album".  In the book Aarne shows the effect Snorris work has had on the Nordic and European romanticism, that Snorri is indeed "Homer of the North".

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  19.01.14

J.R.R Tolkien, The Inklings And Iceland

(From "Song of the Vikings"  with the kind permission by author Nancy Marie Brown ) What troubles the gods.  what troubles the elves.

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Tolkien's Icelandic au-pair

  J.R.R Tolkien, author of Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit and more amazing tales, studied the Icelandic language and heard of the Trolls in Iceland from an Icelandic au-pair. The interview appeared in Morgunbladid 1999 and the lady in question, named Arndis but known as 'Adda', was a doctor's daughter from the West Fjords ( Bíldudal), who went to work with the Tolkiens in 1930, when she was twenty.

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Skogshistoriska Tidender nr 4.2013

Tak til Nordisk Skoghistorisk konferens for besøg i Snorrastofa i august 2013 :)   I er altid velkomne og håber at jeg ser nogle af jer igen til næste sommer. .

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Snorra Edda

The Edda, known as "Snorra Edda", is generally believed to be the oldest of Snorri's writings. It is the only one of his works that can be dated with some accuracy.

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Snorri Sturluson

I want to tell you about my " employer" Snorri Sturluson. Snorri Sturluson was born at Hvammur in Dalir ( Vest Iceland) at 1179.  When Snorri was 3 years old his father Sturla was involved in a conflict with Father Pall Sölvason of Reykholt.

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Sigrun Þormar

 •  10.01.14

De Nordiske lande

Her i Reykholt modtager vi rigtig mange gæster fra de Nordiske lande, primært fra Norge og Sverige.  Efter at have boet 2 år i Sverige,  28 år i Danmark, samt arbejdet for norske virksomheder, er det mig altid en stor fornøjelse at modtage disse gæster.  Gæster fra de Nordiske lande  ret interesserede i at høre mere om vores fælles kulturarv, heriblandt de islandske Sagaer og tiden fra landnam og op igennem middelalderen.  Snorris tid, 1179 - 1241 er selvfølgelig vores speciale her i Reykholt og vi ynder at fortælle historier om Sturlungatiden i Island samt historier fra Heimskringla, om konger, vikinger og møer. Derfor tilbyder vi foredrag  her i huset for grupper som ønsker at få lidt mere underholdning.

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Snorrastofa of Snorri Sturluson

The roads are fine if you are looking for a daytour from Reykjavík. We are open all weekdays from 10 to 17 hours. Remember our fine souvenir shop with focus on books, cd's and Icelandic design and handcraft.

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My name is Sigrun Guttormsdóttir Þormar. I live inBorgarfjord west Iceland, where I work as a project leader at the cultural medieval center Snorrastofa in Reykholt. For those that don't know, Reykholt was the home of Snorri Sturluson, medieval writer and poet whom lived in Reykholt from 1206 to 1241. He was the author of the Edda, Heimskringla (History of the kings of Norway) and Egils Saga Skallagrimsson. For me Snorri is the most amazing employer whom I proudly serve and constantly present in my every day life! He is absolutely still going strong at 835 years of age. Please come and visit us at www.snorrastofa.is. We are open all weekdays during the winter and all days during summer. We have an exhibition about Snorri Sturluson and offer lectures for groups. Hope to see you soon :)

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