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Welcome to Skriðuklaustur


Fjögur verkefni fengu styrk

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Styrkþegar ásamt sjóðsstjórn: Helgi Gíslason, formaður sjóðsstjórnar, Jón Hjartarson, Hallveig K. Eiríksdóttir, Jóhanna Hafliðadóttir f.h. Oskars Vistdal, Ari Sigurjónsson f.h. Sigurgeirs Orra Sigurgeirssonar, Sigríður Sigmundsdóttir og Gunnar Björn Gunnarsson.On the birthday of Gunnar Gunnarsson, 18th May the first grants from the new Gunnarsson Cultural Fund were delivered. One million Icelandic kronas was given to four projects. Three projects got 200.000 ISK:  Hallveig K. Eiríksdóttir and Þorvaldur S. Helgason to make a theatre piece from the novel Seven Days Darkness; Jón Hjartarson to write a play from three short stories by Gunnar and Oskar Vistdal for a Norwegian translation of Black Cliffs. Sigurgeir Orri Sigurgeirsson received a grant of 400.000 ISK for a documentary film script about Gunnar Gunnarsson's life.


A new logo for the Cultural Fund was presented at the ceremony. It is design by Zdenek Patak, a graphic designer who lives in Stöðvarfjörður. The logo is in direct relation with the logo for Skriðuklaustur which Patak did in 2008.


A Talk about Advent

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vesteinn 3Next Sunday, 17th May, Vesteinn Olason professor emeritus will talk about Advent (The Good Shepherd) by Gunnar Gunnarsson at Skriðuklaustur. The novella is the most famous of Gunnarsson's works and has been translated to many languages. Next year there will be 80 years since it was first published. And on Monday 18th May there are 126 years since Gunnar Gunnarsson was born in Fljotsdalur valley. The talk (in Icelandic) starts at 16.00 in the office of Gunnarsson at Skriðuklaustur. Free entrance and all welcome.(ljósm. JÓ/Árnastofnun)


Sunna Ross exhibits in gallery Klaustur

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sunnahreindyr2Saturday 9th May at 12 am Sunna Ross will open her exhibition in gallery Klaustur. On the exhibitions are drawings. She wanted to draw reindeers but couln't find any that let her get close enough. Instead her friends offered her to do a little modelling for her. The exhibition is a part of the national art festival Art without borders and will be open until the end of May.


Open from 12:00-17:00 in May

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skriduklaustur springThe springtime is here and therefore it will be open at Skriduklaustur in May everyday from 12:00 - 17:00. Exhibitions and guided tour about the medieval monastery and Gunnar Gunnarsson. New items for sale in our gift shop. And of course Klausturkaffi restaurant is open and offers lunch and cake buffet everyday. On 9th May we will welcome young local artist, Sunna Ross, with her exhibition in our gallery.

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June - August: Open daily 10am - 6pm

May & September: Open daily 12am - 5pm

October - April: Open occasionally. Ask for information.

Skriðuklaustur is in Fljótsdalur valley at the upper end of Lagarfljót lake - right by the highland road to Snæfell and Kárahnjúkar. Map

39 km from Egilsstaðir

11 km from Hallormsstaður forest

5 km from Hengifoss waterfall

A Visitor's centre for Vatnajökull National Park is also at Skriðuklaustur.

Adults (museum & guide) 1000 kr
Children under 16 accompanied by adults 0 kr
Students 750 kr
Senior citizens / disabled 500 kr
Groups (20+) 800 kr
Guided tour of the archsite for groups (10>)
Adults 500 kr
Children under 16 accompanied by adults 0 kr


However - was not all
life a sacrifice - if lived
in the right manner?
Isn't that what the riddle
is about...

Advent (The Good Sheperd) 1937

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