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Exhibition with landscape photos

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Skarphéðinn Þráinsson opened an exhibition with landscape photos in gallery Klaustur last Friday. The pictures are from various places in East Iceland as Dyrfjöll and Hengifoss. The exhibition will is open at same time as Gunnarshus and will be up until 2nd October.  More pictures by Skarphéðinn can be seen at  www.flickr.com/skarpi.

Festival day next sunday

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Æsispennandi pokahlaup á FljótsdalsdegiThe regional festival Ormsteiti has begun and it will end by a big day in Fljótsdalur valley next sunday. Program with hiking and games for the kids will start at 10 am in the morning. At 13.30 is a concert at Skriðuklaustur with Pétur Ben & Eberg, Voces Thules and more artists. Lunch and cake buffet by Klausturkaffi. Athletic games with rhubarb throwing, stone lifting and running with lambs and more funny games. The program ends with a service by the old monastic ruins at 16.30.

Arrowhead found in monastic ruins

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Örvaroddur frá miðöldumThe archaeologists that are excavating the old monastic ruins from 16th century at Skriðuklaustur have found an arrowhead. It is made of copper and is classical for a crossbow from this period. An arrowhead is a rare found in Icelandic excavations but it is known that both bishops and chiefs in medieval times owned weapons and had guards. Ph.d. Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir that directs the project at Skriðuklaustur says it is more likely that the arrowhead has  belonged to the guards that came with the bishop in visitation than there were weapons kept in the monastery. The arrowhead is on display at Skriðuklaustur for the next weeks.

New exhibition in gallery

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Myndskreyting úr Svar við bréfi HelguA new exhibition has been opened in gallery Klaustur. Kjartan Hallur exhibits illustrations from a novella by Bergsveinn Birgisson along with other drawings made in the last years. The exhibition is open everyday from 10.00 to 18.00 and will be on display until 24th August. To read more about the artists works check  www.myspace.com/kjartanhallur
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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


...life renews itself,
springing young and fresh
and blood-warm from the
sterile rocks. Every summer.

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Upcoming events

  • Opnun myndlistarsýninga
    December 02, 2017 (13:00 - 14:00)

    Siggi Ingólfs og Birgit Jung opna sýningar kl. 13.

  • Rithöfundar lesa úr verkum
    December 02, 2017 (14:00 - 15:00)

    Rithöfundar lesa úr verkum sínum kl. 14. Aðgangseyrir kr. 2000. Kaffi og kökur innifaldar.

  • Svavar Knútur - stofutónleikar
    December 02, 2017 (20:30 - 21:30)

    Svavar Knútur með stofutónleika á aðventunni kl. 20.30. Aðgangseyrir kr. 2000.

  • Grýlugleði - Gryla Festival
    December 03, 2017 (14:00 - 15:00)

    Árviss Grýlugleði um Grýlu og hyski hennar kl. 14. Allir velkomnir.

  • Opið kl. 13-17
    December 09, 2017 (13:00 - 17:00)

    Opið kl. 13.17 og dagskrá í tilefni 20 ára afmælis Gunnarsstofnunar kl. 14.