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* Free for children 16 years and younger, accompanied by adults.
Skriðuklaustur is a historic site with the ruins of a 16th-century monastery which were revealed by an archaeological excavation between 2002 and 2012.
On site is also the mansion of the famous Icelandic writer Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889–1975), built in 1939 when he returned home after living in Denmark for more than 30 years. The mansion is now a center of culture & history with exhibitions, personal guided tours and the renowned restaurant Klausturkaffi.
Klausturkaffi is a renowned restaurant on the ground floor of the cultural center. All cakes and breads are home-baked and the food is homemade. The focus is on local ingredients and products such as, lamb, reindeer meat, stone bramble berries and mushrooms.
Between 2002 and 2012 a major archaeological excavation of a 16th-century monastery took place at Skriðuklaustur. It revealed the ruins of an Augustinian cloister, established around 1493 and in use until the Reformation in 1550. Skriðuklaustur was the last cloister to be established in Iceland, and it was the only cloister in the eastern part of the island. Due to deadly plagues in the 15th century the monastery was foremost a hospice for the sick and the poor. The monastic site is open year-round.