The Prime Ministry has purchased a piece of land near Gljúfrasteinn, the Halldór Laxness museum, outside of Mosfellsbaer, to construct a special reception building and a parking lot. The building will be on the opposite side of the river Kaldakvísl.
The Prime Ministry would like to cooperate with the local authority of Mosfellsbaer on the construction, which is estimated to cost ISK 182 million (USD 2.9 million, EUR 2.0 million). Mayor of Mosfellsbaer Haraldur Sverrisson said he is keen to participate in the project, Fréttabladid reports.
“Gljúfrasteinn is originally a private home and therefore it is important to have a special reception building,” said director of the museum Gudný Dóra Gestsdóttir. The garage of the house is currently being used for such purposes.
In 2002, on the 100th anniversary of Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness, Iceland’s only Nobel Prize winner in Literature, the Prime Ministry reached an agreement with Audur Laxness, his widow, on purchasing their home in Gljúfrasteinn including most of their belongings. It was renovated and opened as a museum in 2004.