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Skriduklaustur, Egilsstadir

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Skriðuklaustur is an old farmstead and a historic site in the valley of Fljótsdalur in Iceland with the ruins of a 16th-century monastery which were revealed by an archaeological excavation between 2002 and 2012.

On site is the mansion of the famous Icelandic writer Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889–1975), built in 1939 when he returned home after living in Denmark for more than 30 years. The mansion was designed by German architect Fritz Höger is now a centre of culture & history with exhibitions, personal guided tours and the renowned restaurant Klausturkaffi. Snæfellsstofa, one of the visiting centers for the Vatnajökull National Park is also at Skriðuklaustur.

Nearby is the end of the tunnel that is leading water from Kárahnjúkastífla Dam, approx 50 km away, to the power plant in Fljótsdalur near Skriðuklaustur.

A visit to Skriduklaustur represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Egilsstadir tour planning website to plot your vacation.
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  • Every year I visit Skriðuklaustur. Every year it inspires me. Every year I drive away with a head full of ideas and my stomach full as well. For me this place feels magical. The unique building, the.....  more »
  • We came there yesterday around noon after going to Hengifoss waterfall. The museum is nice and instructive with very friendly staff. The restaurant is very good with fresh, homemade food and very...  more »
  • Great experience, extremely good food and very fun museum. The food was typical Icelandic but not like weird Icelandic food like shark and sheep head but normal food that’s typically eaten in Iceland....  more »
  • Historical place in a beautiful place in Iceland. The food was fantastic, good old fashion Icelandic cooking with high quality ingredients.
  • Very nice place, good food and cakes. The lunch buffet and cake buffet (in the afternoon) are recommended!
  • We were told the author who built this house was nominated for the Nobel Prize four times. We had a buffet lunch in the restaurant in this house. Nice spread of food.
  • Omg the best value for money. If you are near the area.. treat yourself to the all you can eat cake and savoury buffet. Our accomodation recommended it and we weren't disappointed. Definately DON'T have lunch before you go.
  • I love the buffets, super good food, all homemade. Delicious!

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