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Saga Author Snorri’s Outdoor Bath Damaged

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Saga Author Snorri’s Outdoor Bath Damaged

Snorralaug

Snorralaug. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The ancient Snorralaug, Icelandic saga author Snorri Stuluson’s private outdoor bath, in Reykholt, West Iceland, was damaged last week. The police in Borgarnes are investigating the case.

Snorralaug is mentioned in Landnáma (‘Book of Settlements’) and Sturlungasaga. It has been under preservation since 1817 and it was one of the first archaeological relics in Iceland to be placed under preservation, ruv.is reports.

The vandals appear to have bathed in Snorralaug—towels were found at the scene. They also tore rocks from the stacked walls around the pool and the tunnel that leads to it from the farmhouse and threw it into the water.

Magnús Sigurðsson, who is responsible for the protection of relics in West Iceland, said a specialist must be hired to restack the walls.

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