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Memory plate on Gunnarsson's house in Denmark

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fredsholm4fredsholm10This year there are 110 years since Gunnar Gunnarsson sailed to Denmark with his dream of becoming a writer. To celebrate that the Gunnar Gunnarsson Institute and the Icelandic Embassy in Copenhagen put up a memory plate on the house Fredsholm in Birkerød where Gunnarsson lived from 1929 until he returned to Iceland in 1939. There he wrote for example The Good Shepherd. The house is now in use of a kindergarten and the kids helped Gunnar Björn Gunnarsson, the great grandson of the writer at the ceremony on 6th April.


Styrkir Menningarsjóðs Gunnarsstofnunar

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gg culture fund logoStjórn Menningarsjóðs Gunnarsstofnunar hefur ákveðið að auglýsa eftir umsóknum um styrki fyrir árið 2017. Til úthlutunar er ein milljón króna. Sjóðsstjórnin leggur áherslu á verkefni sem tengjast ritverkum og ævi Gunnars Gunnarssonar og önnur verkefni sem samræmast hlutverki Gunnarsstofnunar. Umsóknarfrestur rennur út 5. maí og allar upplýsingar og eyðublöð er að finna hér á heimasíðu Gunnarsstofnunar. Úthlutað verður á fæðingardegi Gunnar Gunnarssonar skálds, 18. maí nk.


Open daily from 1st April

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duftkerThe spring is in the air and from 1st April we are open from 12:00 - 16:00. At the cultural center you can see various exhibitions and Klausturkaffi restaurant is open for refreshments with lunch buffet (12-14:30) everyday and on weekends there will also be cake buffet in the afternoon.

Our Easter exhibition is From dust you came... will be opened Saturday 8th April at 14:00. Three artists will exhibit different urns to keep ashes after cremation made from porchelain and wood. The artists are: Kristbjörg Guðmundsdóttir, Jón Guðmundsson og Ólafur Sveinsson. On Good Friday there will be annual hike from the church at Valþjófsstaður to Skriðuklaustur, starting at 11:00. 


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.

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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...

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