Gljufrasteinn was the home of Halldor Kiljan Laxness, a celebrated writer of Iceland and probably one of the best writers in the world of literature. Constructed in the year 1945, the structure was designed by Agust Palsson, a noted architect. Now converted into a museum, the building welcomes visitors with a multimedia display about the writer's life and his iconic works. His life is chronicled against the backdrop of key events in the history of Iceland.
A vision of four siblings gave birth to one of the most interesting places in Reykjavík, the Volcano House, Iceland. It showcases a free exhibition of rocks and lava from the volcanoes of Iceland. What's more, you can touch them and feel the texture of the stones and minerals. Photographs of stupefying volcanic eruptions line the walls. The gift shop offers lava-jewellery and t-shirts that make for perfect souvenirs. The cinema in the building also showcases documentaries of volcanic eruptions in Iceland.
Open all year round, Aurora Reykjavík is an interactive, educational and recreational center that educates visitors about the myths, legends and science behind Northern Lights. Visitors can have a surreal experience of this natural phenomenon on their large 22.9-feet (7 meters) wide projection screen. When the skies are clear and the season is right, they conduct fully-guided tours to witness the spectacularly breathtaking Aurora Borealis.
Explore the history of Iceland at the Saga Museum that chronicles the development of the country by exhibiting and recreating its prominent historical phases and people. From the early settlements to the Viking conquests to the Reformation, the museum has manged to capture every historical aspect through 17 exhibits by setting up mannequins, everyday scenes, traditional costumes, weapons, artifacts and so on. There are also old photographs, documents and more to enlighten you further. You can buy Viking beads, shoes, clothes and other souvenirs at their shop for keepsakes.