Icelandic Journals

Thursday, August 24th, Reykholt

Snorri's Pool

‘A cold raw morning when I went out to bathe in Snorri’s Bath, so that I felt grateful for the hot water up to my middle. The said bath is a round one sunk in the earth some twelve feet diameter, lined & paved with smooth cut stones cemented with bitumen; there is a groove cut from it to the hot-spring (Skrifla) which is some hundred yards off, and can be turned off by a single dam into another channel, so that you can have the water as hot or as cool as you will . . .’ (IJ p 163).


‘The bath is a few yards from the stead, and close by it rises a steep artificial grassy mound, which is Snorri’s Castle’ (IJ p 163).