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Concert honoring Charles Ross

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charlesrossminiSaturday 19th September we will honor the music teacher, musician and composer Charles Ross who has inspired young musicians in East Iceland for almost 30 years. He celebrated his 50 years anniversary earlier this year and Gunnar Gunnarsson Institute and the Music Center of East Iceland along with other good "friends" have managed events concerning that. The concert at Skriðuklaustur is a part of that program which will end in Eskifjörður by another concert on 13th October. The program is sponsored by the East Iceland developement fund.

On Saturday at 16:00 the Kammer-group Stelkur will play selected works by Charles Ross. Free admission and all are welcome to listen and can also look at Charles's installation, "dogger", in gallery Klaustur.

The sheep gathering of Melarétt has been postponed to Sunday 20th September and will start by noon. Due to that opening hours at Skriðuklaustur on Sunday will be short, from 15:00 till 17:00. But other days we are open 12:00 - 17:00.


"Dogger" exhibit and memories

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charles rossSkriðuklaustur cultural center and Klausturkaffi restaurant are open everyday in September from 12:00 till 17:00. Saturday 5th September a new exhibition will be opened in gallery Klaustur at 15:00. The exhibition is named "Dogger" and is a video installation with music piece and artwork by Charles Ross who is a composer and music teacher in East Iceland. Same day, at 16:00, the actress Guðrún Ásmundsdóttir will share her memories about her stay as a 8 years old girl at the home of the doctor in Eskifjörður in the summer of 1944.


Closed Saturday 29th August

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skriduklaustur23We are closed Saturday 29th August, both the museum and the café, due to a funeral. And from Tuesday 1st September our opening hours will be 12:00-17:00 everyday until end of September. We remind you that Hjörleifur Guttormsson's photo exhibition, Islands off the East Coast, have been prolonged in our gallery until 3rd September.


Festival next Sunday

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fljotsdalsdagur2015Our annual festival day, the last the of Ormsteiti, is next Sunday, 23rd August. It starts at 11:00 with a Luterian/Catholic service by the ruins of the 16th century monastic church. At 13:00 the band Ylja will play outdoors and after that we will have fun competing in athletics like throwing rhubarb. Lunch and cake buffet at Klausturkaffi as usual. You can see more about Ormsteiti's program at www.ormsteiti.is.

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June - August: Open daily 10am - 6pm

May & September: Open daily 11am - 5pm

April: Open daily 12pm - 4pm

1.-15 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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