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Wood carving - handcraft & art

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treskurdur 1Sunday 30th March at 14.00 the exhibition Wood carving - handcraft & art will be opened at the culture centre. Remarkable pieces from twelve members of the Association of wood carvers, six men and six women are on display, made from various wood and in different forms, both artworks and more practical things like mirrors.

This exhibition comes from Gerðuberg Culture Centre and the curator is Kristín Þóra Guðbjartsdóttir.

Those who have works on the exhibition are: Anna Lilja Jónsdóttir, Bjarni Þór Kristjánsson, Friðgeir Guðmundsson, Guðmundur Ketill Guðfinnsson, Guðný Jóhanna Kjartansdóttir, Jón Adólf Steinólfsson, Karen Huld Gunnarsdóttir, Lilja Sigurðardóttir, Sigga á Grund, Sigríður Sigurðardóttir, Sigurjón Gunnarsson and Stefán Haukur Erlingsson. They have either worked with wood carving for decades or got to know this handcraft recently.

The exhibition will be open at Skriðuklaustur every Sunday in April (14.00-17.00) and also on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (11.00-15.00). At Easter the culture centre will be open from Friday (19th April) until Monday (22th April) from 12.00 - 17.00.



Poetry reading on wife's day

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kata markoSunday 23rd February is the wife's day in Iceland when the old month Góa begins. As usually there will be poetry reading at Skriðuklaustur on that day. Now two poets from Finland will visit us, Katariina Vuorinen og Marko Niemi and read from their works along with Ingunn Snædal and other regional poets. Katariina og Marko have been in Iceland for the last weeks working on collaborational project of Icelandic and Finnish poets. They have already read in Reykjavík and Hólmavík and now it is the East of Iceland. The reading starts at 14.30 and afterwards there will be cake buffet at Klausturkaffi. The café is open 15.00 - 17.00 on the Sunday 23rd.


Earth moving

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landslide january 2014After heavy rain for days and weeks the earth started to move in the hill above Skriduklaustur. A landslide came from about 200 m up in the hill and fell all the way down to the road which had to be cleared after it. This happened in the night 23th January. The landslide is about 40 m broad and destroyed the fence and quite a bit of land. The name Skriduklaustur means the cloister by the landslides so the place still bears it's name with full right. More pictures can be seen at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/skriduklaustur/sets/72157640073724975/


Merry Christmas to all

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Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir les AðventuKlausturkaffi restaurant and the Institute of Gunnar Gunnarsson wish you all a merry christmas. Thanks to those who visited us this year and hopefully you will all be back next year! A good tradition has been created in Iceland, to read Gunnar's great novella, Advent (The Good Shepherd) in December and the reading on RUV ends on the 24th. For those of you who understand Icelandic you can listen to Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir read the end at Skriðuklaustur on the 15th December here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xpGW0NboD0

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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
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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