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When I was young, I had a dream: I was walking down a street, and on the slope beyond the street lay book upon book, books that I knew were works by me. I attempted to read them, intending to learn their contents in an instant, but I was awakened by my own enthusiasm and could not remember a single word.

Gunnar Gunnarsson is one of Iceland's most esteemed writers. Extraordinary works of art, his best-known books will preserve his fame for years to come, including The Good Shepherd, Ships in the Sky, Seven Days’ Darkness and Black Cliffs. His legacy includes about two dozen novels, dozens of short stories, several plays, a great number of poems and countless articles and lectures. The Good Shepherd (Advent) is the book that has appeared most frequently and is still widely read. Gunnar was considered several times for the Nobel Prize in literature, especially in 1955, the year in which it was finally awarded to his fellow Icelander, Halldór Laxness.


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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


However - was not all
life a sacrifice - if lived
in the right manner?
Isn't that what the riddle
is about...

Advent (The Good Sheperd) 1937

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