Reykholt is in a tranquil setting in a shallow valley between mostly green ridges. It is one of Iceland's major historic sites, a cultural centre of past and present. The hamlet is built up around the former district school facilities and a nearby geothermal area. This is where Snorri Sturluson (1179 -1241)historian ans author lived in the 13th century. Here he wrote his monumnental "Heimskringla", History of the kings of Norway and the Poetic Edda, which teaches ppoetic metres and narrates tales of the heathen gods of Germanic mythology. Snorralaug, Snorri´s bathing pool is found in a hollow below the old school building. A stern faced statue of Snorri, by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland stands in front of the main building of the former district school. Snorrastofa is a research centre focusing on Medieval Studies, established in the memory of Snorri Sturluson. Snorrastofa runs a tourist information centre, located in the building that adjoins the church and Snorrastofa. There is a hotel at Reykholt.