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Welcome to Skriðuklaustur


Gleðileg jól!

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80 years anniversary of Advent

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itolskadventAdvent or The Good Shepherd was first published in Germany by Reclam in the autumn 1936. Therefore we celebrate 80 years anniversary of this classic novella. The story that Gunnar Gunnarsson wrote about Benedikt the shepherd who along with his dog Leó and his wether Eitill went to the mountains of Myvatn to search for lost sheep and lambs in the weeks before Christmas, is still widely read and translated to new languages. Last year it was published in Faroese and Spanish. This year it is Italian, Dutch, Norwegian and Arabic.

Has Benedikt reached home? - session in Gunnars home -  7th Dec.

Wednesday 7th December there will be an evening session in Gunnars home at Dyngjuvegur 8 in Reykjavik at 20:00. Four scholars will talk about the story from different angle. They are: Jón Yngvi Jóhannsson, Halla Kjartansdóttir, Trausti Jónsson and Hjalti Hugason. Vésteinn Ólason prófessor emeritus will conduct a panel after their presentations.

Readings on 11th December

Gunnarsstofnun has for the last decade in cooperation with others held readings of Advent in many places both in Iceland and abroad. This year the story will be read in Reykjavik (Dyngjuvegur 8) in Akureyri (Icelandair Hotel) and at Skriduklaustur on Sunday 11th December. The reading starts at 14:00 in all three places.


Events in November and December

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klausturrodiWE ARE CLOSED IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER EXCEPT FOR GROUPS THAT HAVE CONTACT IN ADVANCE. Planned events are: Saturday 26th November a Christmas lunch buffet and writers will read from their works. In the evening there is concert with Svavar Knútur and dinner can be booked in connection with that. Sunday 27th is the annual Gryla festival with singing and storytelling and cake buffet in the afternoon. Sunday 11th December is the annual reading of Advent (The Good Shepherd) by Gunnar Gunnarsson and there will be offered a lunch buffet before the reading.


Opening hours in October

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klausturhaust2016The autumn is here and next two weekends are the last of two of our exhibitions: a photo exhibit by KOX and the exhibit Trolls - nature and language. In October we will be open as follows: weekends 1st-2nd and 8th-9th October we will be open from 14:00-17:00 and Klausturkaffi will offer an afternoon cake buffet. All Tuesdays and Wednesdays in October we will be open from 11:00-15:00 and Klausturkaffi will offer a lunch buffet. Service for groups can be ordered in advance at other hours.

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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


A vague joy filled him as he
looked; he felt that his soul
was come of the race of
those great mountains,
as a line of kings.

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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.