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The hell is this giant bookshelf doing in middle of South Iceland

Book it. The fascinating side of one country museum in Iceland. PIC JasonParis

Book it. The fascinating side of one country museum in Iceland. PIC JasonParis

Apart from some obvious stuff like the Perlan sightseeing tower in Reykjavik and perhaps a couple of other buildings nationwide, one will generally not find much weird architecture in Iceland. There is little need actually as the stunning nature has plenty to offer in the ooohh and aaahh department.

But some people would be forgiven for shaking their heads and pinching themselves if they think they see a giant row of books neatly piled by a small aluminum-sided building right by the Ring Road in the South of Iceland.

you would be forgiven for not knowing head or tales about the guy

This is actually the rather lovely front of a tiny museum dedicated to one of Iceland´s most beloved writer and artist. The giant three meter high stack of books are wooden replicas of all the works of this guy. Þórbergur Þórðarson was his name, try saying that loud and quickly three times in a row, and apart from the Nobel Prize winner Halldor Laxness was the most famous local writer here for decades.

Þórbergur, or Thorbergur in English, never got much attention outside of Iceland so you would be forgiven for not knowing head or tales about the guy. That does not mean you should spend a few minutes getting intimate with him and his work at the museum which incidentally is here in the middle of nowhere because Þórbergur was born here.

Hali is the name of the farm here and here one can also lay down his hat for a night since this is also a country hotel. Not a bad place at all and one of handful of farm stays available less than 30 minutes away from the beautiful Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. A night could also get you acquainted with the works of Þórbergur.

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