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Skriouklaustur, Egilsstadir

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Skriðuklaustur (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈskrɪːðʏˌkʰlœistʏr̥]) 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.
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  • Skriðuklaustur has several different things to offer. The main house is very large and quite unusual by Icelandic standards. It was built by the author Gunnar Gunnarsson in 1939 and now houses a... 
    Skriðuklaustur has several different things to offer. The main house is very large and quite unusual by Icelandic standards. It was built by the author Gunnar Gunnarsson in 1939 and now houses a...  more »
  • This building and grounds are situated in a beautiful setting. Interesting museum and grounds/ruins. Fabulous lunch!!!! 
    This building and grounds are situated in a beautiful setting. Interesting museum and grounds/ruins. Fabulous lunch!!!!  more »
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  • Very helpful and friendly staff to explain everything. Well worth the drive and the stop, especially with the amazing cafe underneath.
  • Farmhouse built for the brilliant Icelandic writer Gunnar Gunnarsson. The house is a museum and is architecture very unique. The lunch and cake buffet are highlight and definitely worth the price. Delicious homemade food with great variety and suitable for vegetarians

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