Of course, it would have been possible to do anything else, stay inside when it is both cold, windy and rainy outside. No photo weather. But Icelandic Times / Land & Saga made their way up to Mosfellsdalur, just north of the capital, to see and experience the atmosphere. In the valley belonging to the town Mosfellsbær, for example, there is a church at Mosfell, consecrated in 1965, a gift from Stefán Þorláksson. The church is one of the best equipped churches in the country, with an ancient brass bell hanging in the inner part of the church. The church has a lot of income from the hot water that Stefán bequeathed to the church. In addition to the church and a number of greenhouses in Mosfellsdalur, there is Gljúfrasteinn, a museum and the former home of Halldór Kiljan Laxness, at the top of the valley by the highway from the capital going east towards Þingvellir. Halldór won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1955, and is the only Icelander who has received this great recognition.

Mosfellskirkja, consecrated in 1965

Looking to the south-east from Mosfell, Suðurá running through the valley

Information sign in the west of the valley

Gljúfrasteinn, the museum of Halldór Laxness

There are a number of greenhouses in the valley, as the valley has plenty of geothermal heat

Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson 12/02/2023 : A7R III, A7R IV : FE 1.4/35mm GM, FE 1.8/135mm GM