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Closed Saturday 29th August

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skriduklaustur23We are closed Saturday 29th August, both the museum and the café, due to a funeral. And from Tuesday 1st September our opening hours will be 12:00-17:00 everyday until end of September. We remind you that Hjörleifur Guttormsson's photo exhibition, Islands off the East Coast, have been prolonged in our gallery until 3rd September.


Festival next Sunday

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fljotsdalsdagur2015Our annual festival day, the last the of Ormsteiti, is next Sunday, 23rd August. It starts at 11:00 with a Luterian/Catholic service by the ruins of the 16th century monastic church. At 13:00 the band Ylja will play outdoors and after that we will have fun competing in athletics like throwing rhubarb. Lunch and cake buffet at Klausturkaffi as usual. You can see more about Ormsteiti's program at www.ormsteiti.is.


Islands off the East Coast

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Frá BjarnareyA new exhibition will be opened in gallery Klaustur Thursday 13th August at 16:00. On the exhibition are photos taken by the biologist Hjörleifur Guttormsson in four islands off the East coast. The pictures are from Bjarnarey, Seley, Skrúður and Papey and give insight in the story and nature of the islands. Hjörleifur Guttormsson has written several books and articles about East Iceland.

The exhibition is open every day from 10:00 till 18:00 until 28th August.


Discipline diaries in gallery Klaustur

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wall.sunThe artist Lisa Stefans will open an exhibit in gallery Klaustur Tuesday 21st July at 18:00. She will exhibit works from a serie of drawings the she calls "The discipline diaries". The series is based on her challenge to draw on piece every day in 2015. For the next weeks Lisa will stay in residency at Skriduklaustur continuing her serie. We remind you that on Tuesday evening there is also concert at 20:00 and the café is open until the concert starts.

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June - August: Open daily 10am - 6pm

May & September: Open daily 11am - 5pm

April: Open daily 12pm - 4pm

1.-15 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


...a white-shining, black-sparkling cloud of sea birds
which, like a continuation of
the breakers, swirled up at the
black cliffs, and disappeared
in the mists of the mountain.

The Black Cliffs 1929

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