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Welcome to Skriðuklaustur


We close at 17:00 today Wednesday

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Attention! Today, Wednesday 24th August, we will close the museum and café at 17:00 due to a staff evening. But the rest of August we are open every day from 10:00 till 18:00. In September we will be open 12:00 - 17:00.


Festival Day next Sunday

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fljotsdalsdagur2016Our annual festival day in Ormsteiti is next Sunday 14th August. It starts with a service at the monastic ruins at 11:00. Klausturkaffi will both have lunch and afternoon buffet. At 13:30 the Icelandic musician Júníus Meyvant will have outdoor concert and by 14:30 we will start our unique sports competition with rhubarb throwing, sack running and more fun. The Fljotsdalur valley will be full of fun next Sunday.


Strings - to my heart

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erliA new exhibition by Eyrún Axels will be opened in gallery Klaustur today, Friday 5th August at 17:00. The artist dedicate the exhibitions to her parents who lived at Bessastaðir, next farm to Skriðuklaustur. The exhibition will be open until 31st August.


Seven Days' Darkness - theatre

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Next Monday, 25th July, the stage-art-group Sviðsverkur will perform their theatrical installation based on Gunnar Gunnarsson's book Seven Days' Darkness, which was published in 1920. The audience will be offered to join the world of the work and take part in reliving the story. The story takes place in the end of WWI in a winter when the inhabitants of Reykjavik have to face both eruption and lethal influenza. 

 The stage-art-group Sviðsverkur was established by young and enthusiastic people who have graduated in stage arts;  Hallveig Kristín Eiríksdóttir, Þorvaldur S. Helgason and Eva Halldóra Guðmundsdóttir. Their goal is to present new theatre forms to the audience by giving the audience the oppertunity to participate in the theatre and take part in the artwork.

The shows will be in the evenings 25th - 27th July. Every hour a new performance will start, 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00. Tickets can be ordered by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone 471-2990. The price is 1500 ISK.

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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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Skáld á ekki samleið með
neinum nema skaparanum.
Skáldi er nýjabrum nástrá
og bakhjarl banatorfa.
Heiður hans og frægð liggja
falin þar sem fátt segir
af neinum.
Óðal hans er einstigið.
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