Reykholt is in a tranquil setting in a shallow valley between mostly green ridges. The hamlet is built up around the district school facilities and nearby thermal area. This is where Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241) historian and author lived in the l3th century. Here he wrote his monumental "Heimskringla" history of the Kings of Norway, and the Poetic Edda, which teaches poetic metres and tales of the heathen gods of Germanic mythology. Snorralaug, Snorri's bathing pool, still extant, is in a hollow below the school building. A stern-faced statue of Snorri, by the Norwegian sculpture Gustaf Viegeland stands in front of the main building of the district school. Snorrastaofa includes an exhibition hall and is linked to the new church. There´s an Edda Hotel at Reykholt and nearby services include a post office, Bitinn shop and Dekk og lakk garage. Kleppjárnsreykir has a swimming pool, and a shop, a filling station, a restaurant and a campsite at Blómaskálinn. Nearby are Runnar guesthouse, Logaland communities centre, including a campsite and Deildartunguhver one of the most powerful hot springs in the world.