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Wife's day next Sunday

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On 19th February we will be open from 12:00-17:00 to celebrate the day of the wifes. Klausturkaffi will offer lunch buffet from 12:-14:00 and Cake buffet in the afternoon from 15:00-17:00. Artist in residency, the dancer and choreographer Carmen Moreira will talk about dance and her projects at 14:00.

Sunday 26th February we will be open from 15:00-17:00 and Klausturkaffi will offer special afternoon buffet with all kind of scones.


Happy New Year 2017

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nyars2017A new year has started. We send our best greetings of Happy New Year to all. At this time of year the cultural centre and café at Skriðuklaustur are closed but groups can ask for information on service by contacting us. We are working on the program of the year and a new website is also in process.


Gleðileg jól!

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80 years anniversary of Advent

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itolskadventAdvent or The Good Shepherd was first published in Germany by Reclam in the autumn 1936. Therefore we celebrate 80 years anniversary of this classic novella. The story that Gunnar Gunnarsson wrote about Benedikt the shepherd who along with his dog Leó and his wether Eitill went to the mountains of Myvatn to search for lost sheep and lambs in the weeks before Christmas, is still widely read and translated to new languages. Last year it was published in Faroese and Spanish. This year it is Italian, Dutch, Norwegian and Arabic.

Has Benedikt reached home? - session in Gunnars home -  7th Dec.

Wednesday 7th December there will be an evening session in Gunnars home at Dyngjuvegur 8 in Reykjavik at 20:00. Four scholars will talk about the story from different angle. They are: Jón Yngvi Jóhannsson, Halla Kjartansdóttir, Trausti Jónsson and Hjalti Hugason. Vésteinn Ólason prófessor emeritus will conduct a panel after their presentations.

Readings on 11th December

Gunnarsstofnun has for the last decade in cooperation with others held readings of Advent in many places both in Iceland and abroad. This year the story will be read in Reykjavik (Dyngjuvegur 8) in Akureyri (Icelandair Hotel) and at Skriduklaustur on Sunday 11th December. The reading starts at 14:00 in all three places.

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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


...even their memory
only peeps out intermittently,
like stars between the breaks
in a cloud-covered sky.

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