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Welcome to Skriðuklaustur


Gold, silver and other metals

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steinunnkrOn the First day of Summer, 21st April at 16:00, archaeologist Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir will speak about newest analysis and research concerning the medieval monastery at Skriðuklaustur. She will reveal interesting results from analysis of the bone collection from the cemetery and also give insight to her search for the items that where taken from the monasteries by time of Reformation and transported to Denmark.  The lecture will be in Icelandic but all are welcome. Free entrance. Klausturkaffi will be open for cake buffet from 14:00.


Open every day in April

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Sandra Issa sýnir í gallerí KlaustriThe cultural centre and café will be open every day in April at these hours: Weekdays 12pm-3pm and weekends 2pm-5pm. Klausturkaffi has a menu but will offer lunch buffet on weekdays and cake buffet on weekends. Our temporary exhibitions in April are the Willow project, an exhibition from students in product design and in gallery Klaustur the lebanese-belgium artist Sandra Issa exhibits her drawings and sculpture under the title From Beirut to Brussells. If you want to visit us at other hours please have contact.


Easter Exhibitions open from 19th March

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paskar2016Our Easter Exhibitions will be opened Saturday 19th March at 14:00. In our large room final year students in product design from the Iceland Academy of the Arts will exhibit the Willow Project. In our small gallery the Belgian-Lebanese artist Sandra Issa shows here drawings and paintings, naming the exhibition From Beirut to Brussels.

The Willow Project is made by the final year students in the product design department at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and is an investigation into one of Iceland’s newly gained raw materials, the willow tree. For centuries wood has not been a common resource in Iceland. By deconstructing the tree into micro-scale and reassembling the found elements, the students rendered new materials that could stand by themselves. Setting themselves a frame of adding nothing but water and heat, they further used all byproducts as valuable resources. Inspired by the circulation of natural matter, the transformed materials were returned to the forest as nutrition.

A book has been published about the Willow Project by Partus Press and it is for sale at Skriðuklaustur. A special website has also been made here.

Work by: Birta Rós Brynjólfsdóttir, Björn Steinar Jóhannesson, Emilía Sigurðardóttir, Johanna Seelemann, Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Theodóra Mjöll Skúladóttir Jack & Védis Pálsdóttir.

Led by: Tinna Gunnarsdóttir, Friðrik Steinn Friðriksson & Óskar Kristinn Vignisson

Head of studies: Garðar Eyjólfsson

Sandra Issa  is born in Lebanon and studied visual arts in Beirut and Lille, France. Her work is mainly based on drawing and installation in which she comments on daily life and stories spread by the news. She exhibits her work in Europe and the Middle-East, where she also has worked as a creative assistance in many galleries and art venues. She is now based in Namur, Belgium.  To learn more about here works you can check her blogsite here.

Opening hours at Skriðuklaustr for the next weeks: Saturday & Sunday 19th-20th March 14:00-17:00. Easter from Thursday till Monday open everyday from 12:00 till 17:00. In April we will be open 12:00-15:00 Monday-Friday and 14:00-17:00 on weekends.


Women in the Sagas

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220px-flateyarbok 002Sunday 21st February the cultural centre will be open 14.00 - 17.00. The café will offer a cake buffet and at 14.00 the engineer Sveinn Þórarinsson will give a talk about women in the old Sagas. All welcome but the talk will be in Icelandic.

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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


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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.