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Who was Odinn?

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odinnSunday 25th April Þórarinn Þórarinsson architect will present (in Icelandic) his research on Odinn, the king that we know today more as a norse god. Where did he come from and why? Þórarinn will also speak about the research of Einar Pálsson on the roots of Icelandic culture. The presentation will start at 14:00 and entry is free of charge. On Sunday the cultural center and café are open from 14:00 until 17:00 with cake buffet. 


Open call for Cultural Fund applications

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The board of Gunnar Gunnarsson Insitute's Cultural Fund has opened the call for applications. The first funding of projects from the fund will be on Gunnarsson's birthday, 18th May 2015. The board has decided that project concerning the life and works of Gunnar Gunnarsson are in priority along with other projects that fit to the Institute's main goals. Applications must be sent before 10th May and all information are to be found (in Icelandic) here on the website.

The Cultural Fund was established by the ministry of culture and education in the year 2013.  It has a three men board which manage the fund according to its regulation.


Easter exhibitions extended

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paskasyning1We extend the two Easter exhibitions and they will be open next weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 14:00-17:00. Of course the Klausturkaffi restaurant is open at the same time offering cake buffet.

The Last Supper is a ceramic exhibition. Eight women artists show their works especially made for this exhibition which is put together by Design and Handcraft.  The curator is Sunneva Hafsteinsdóttir but the artists are: Elín Haraldsdóttir, Embla Sigurgeirsdóttir, Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir, Kristbjörg Guðmundsdóttir, Kristín Sigfríður Garðarsdóttir, Ólöf Erla Bjarnadóttir, Sigrún Jóna Norðdahl and Þuríður Ósk Smáradóttir. See more infos onDesign and handcraft.

In gallery Klaustur the designer Elísabet Karlsdóttir exhibits her project STAND UP/ STAND OUT. It was sponsored by Eggert feldskeri and chosen to participate in REMIX 2015, an international fashion and fur competition in Milan combined to Vogue Talents. The main materials are: Icelandic sealskin, wool, silk, reindeer leather, red fox and bisam.



Gunnar and Norway - new book

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Gunnar Gunnarsson og Noregur cover

The Gunnar Gunnarsson Institute has published a new book by the Norwegian scholar and translator Oskar Vistdal who has for many years researched Gunnarsson's connection with Norway. The book is written in Norwegian and is nr. 2 in the institute's serie of treatise. It reveals Gunnarsson relation with Norwegian writers and publishers and the publication of his works in Norway. The book is only published in electronical form and can be bought on Kindle format at  Amazon. Extra material can be downloaded from this website [here].

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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


...life renews itself,
springing young and fresh
and blood-warm from the
sterile rocks. Every summer.

The Black Cliffs 1929

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Upcoming events

  • Fyrirlestur - Opið - open 14-17
    April 26, 2015 (14:00 - 17:00)

    Þórarinn Þórarinsson arkitekt flytur erindið Hver var Óðinn? og ræðir um rannsóknir Einars Pálssonar. Hefst kl. 14.00. Exhibitions and restaurant open.

  • Opið - open 11-15
    April 28, 2015 (11:00 - 15:00)

    Exhibitions and restaurant open.

  • Opið - open 11-15
    April 29, 2015 (11:00 - 15:00)

    Exhibitions and restaurant open.