A historic settlement that has been the cultural and religious center for 700
years. It has been one of the two Catholic bishoprics, which governed the
Icelanders prior to the Reformation. In the 18th century, the original cathedral
was taken apart. The current church, built in 1963, has beautiful artwork and
you can learn more about the place's interesting history of beheadings and
executions. Skálholt is located near Laugarvatn in southern Iceland.
Snorri's Pool at Reykholt – Reykholt was the home of the Viking historian Snorri
Sturluson, a famous writer, who composed many of his works here. In 1241, the
early years of Iceland's saga age, he was assassinated in Reykholt by his
political enemy, Gissur Þorvaldsson.
Today, the town is home to a large religious center and the Snorrstofa museum,
which is devoted to Sturluson. Beside the town's schoolhouse is Snorralaug (Snorri's
pool), a round pool about 13 feet (4 m) in diameter, which is fed by a hot
spring. Go behind the pool and you'll come across a path believed to lead to the
cellar, where Sturluson was murdered. Reykholt is located west of Borgarnes.