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Nocturnius has stopped writing poems

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sigga2015-3miniA new exhibition will be opened in our gallery Klaustur on Wednesday 1st July at 17:00. It is the exhibition of drawings and video made by Sigga Bjorg. The name of the exhibition is Nocturniues has stopped writing poems.


Free admission for women

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steinunnkrTo celebrate that on 19th June there are 100 years since women in Iceland got their right to vote we will have free entrance for women 19th -21st June. We are also celebrating 15 years anniversary of the cultural center. And on Sunday Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir archeaologist, who managed the research on Skriduklaustur cloister, will present her newest projects concerning other medieval monasteries in Iceland. Her presentation starts at 13.30 and then she will guide visitors by the ruins of the cloister from 15.00-17.00.



The Land Surveyors

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les arpenteurs - Anne Favret & Patrick ManezA new exhibition has been opened in gallery Klaustur with photos made by the French photographers Anne Favret and Patrick Manez. The pictures are a part of large photo project that they worked on for years by the astronomical obervatory on the Calern plateau in South France. They work together on their photographical projects and have focused on the preoccupation of landscape. Their projects have been in historical and superficial cities, as Alexandria, Rotterdam, Montreuil, Genua, Berlin and Bruxels.

Anne Favret and Patrick Manez are a bit like the hero of Solaris (from the 1961 novel by Stanislas Lem). They went to take a closer look to a strange city, the astrometrical observatory of the Calern plateau located between heaven and earth, not so different from a space station.  (Michel Poivert)

The exhibition will stand until 27th June and it is open everyday at Skriðuklaustur from 10:00 til 18:00.


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.

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June - August: Open daily 10am - 6pm

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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
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