A forty-minute drive from Borgarnes, about 40km east off the Ringroad down Route 50 and then Route 518, the tiny hamlet of REYKHOLT is the cultural highlight of any trip up the west coast. Not only does it sit among the wide open spaces of the fertile Reykholtsdalur valley, enjoying stunning views of dusky mountains and the sleepy Reykjadalsá river, but it also contains tangible memorials to Snorri Sturluson. The excellent museum here is far and away the best place to get to grips with Iceland’s rich, and at times downright confusing, history of saga events, characters and writing.

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