Overland routes from Reykjavík to all points in west Iceland pass through this region, which draws many historically-minded travelers. Borgarnes has an engaging new museum on the twin themes of the first settlers in Iceland and Egils Saga, a classic of medieval European literature. Saga enthusiasts also make pilgrimages to Reykholt, once the residence of Snorri Sturluson, the most prominent historical figure of Iceland's saga-writing age. Today the settlement is a cluster of buildings anchored by Snorrastofa, a research institute and museum dealing in medieval Iceland and Sturluson’s literary works. An 1887 church is charmingly restored, though a 1996 church has taken over its functions, including the Reykholt Music Festival (mainly classical) held around the last weekend of July ( Farther inland are two of Iceland's most extensive lava caves, Surtshellir and Víðgelmir. From here, an alternate route south to Þingvellir passes between glacier-capped mountains for a taste of Iceland's starkly beautiful interior.