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Medieval shoe

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Ph.d Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir with a medieval shoe. Photo SBGThe excavation work this summer of the monastic ruins has now been for 4 weeks and 4 weeks are left. New areas have been opened and it seems to be realistic to finish excavating the ruins this summer as planned. One of the artifacts that have been found recently is a part of a medieval leather shoe from 16th century. Guided tours are available every day after lunch and visitors can walk through parts of the ruins that have been finished and restored.

The Night Cap - animation

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A new exhibition was opened in gallery Klaustur on Friday. The Night Cap is an animation film (8 min.) based on an Icelandic folk tale. On a deserted cliff in Iceland a boy is dressing up as a ghost to scare a girl. To get back at him she decides to steal his white night cap. By mistake she takes a cap that belongs to a real ghost. The film is a collaboration between Gudjon Bragi Stefansson and Edda Ros Jonsdottir, who designed, directed and animated it. It was their Production Design graduation project in 2009 by Danmarks Designschool and was completed in 2010. The sound-scape for the film was created by Martin Juel Dirkov and Reda El-Kheloufi. The exihibition will be open 10:00-18:00 until July 27th.

Daily bus schedule

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The daily bus schedule.Today Tanni Travel started to drive by a daily bus schedule between Egilsstadir, Hallormsstadur and Fljotsdalur. For the next 5 weeks there will be 3 trips per day starting by the Tourist Info Centre in Egilsstadir with stops in Hallormsstadur Forest, by Hengifoss waterfall, Skriduklaustur and Vegardur in Fljotsdalur valley. You can get more details information on this here and if you see a brochure with the slogan Enjoy life by an Icelandic lake, you are on the right track.

Excavation started

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Archaeologists starting the work of the summerThe archaeologists have arrived to continue the excavation of the monastic ruins the 10th summer. Ph.d. Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir, who is in charge of the research project, expect this to be the final summer in excavation of the old Skriduklaustur monastery which was operating from 1493 to 1554. Upto 15 archaeologists will work on the excavation for the next two months. Guided tours are available everyday from 13:30.
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June - August: Open daily 10am - 6pm

May & September: Open daily 11am - 5pm

April: Open daily 12pm - 4pm

1.-11. October: Open daily 12pm - 4pm

November - March: 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 & guidance) 1100 kr
Children under 16 accompanied by adults 0 kr
Students 750 kr
Senior citizens / disabled 550 kr
Groups (20+) 900 kr
Guided tour of the archsite for groups (10>)
Adults 600 kr
Children under 16 accompanied by adults 0 kr


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