Skriduklaustur
Skriduklaustur
4.5
Speciality Museums • Ancient Ruins • Architectural Buildings
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Centre of culture and history with monastic ruins, historical exhibitions, art gallery, gift shop and a local food restaurant. Opening hours June-August 10:00-18:00 and May&September 12:00-17:00.
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Syrinx
Egilsstadir, Iceland31 contributions
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 museum dedicated to him, the house and the monastic ruins close by as well as a space for art exhibits and events. The kids especially enjoyed the virtual reality exploration of the old monastery and church. It also has a wonderful café, Klausturkaffi, downstairs. Outside, you can walk down to the ruins of the medieval monastery, in which different rooms and areas have signs explaining what they were.
Written April 9, 2022
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Maria G
Reykjavik, Iceland70 contributions
Family
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 story behind it, the landscape, the museum, the different exhibitions and last but not least the cake buffet... omg
I’ve heard the lunch buffet is amazing as well, but my sweet-tooth keeps coming back for the cakes. It always baffels me why people order from the menu when they can have the buffet.
Visit Skriðuklaustur whether you are on your own or travelling with people of young or old age - you’ll love it.
Written July 25, 2020
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kate141319
Reykjavik, Iceland13 contributions
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 but better version.

Also some gluten free and vegetarian options so highly recommend eat there
Written July 5, 2020
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Sigurbjorn Bjornsson
3 contributions
Family
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 friendly staff. I can’t eat dairy or gluten and once I told the host, she made special dish for me. The price is also very affordable.
Written July 12, 2020
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Brittany
Houston, TX2 contributions
Family
We arrived at 4 p.m. for a late lunch and the tired waiter talked us into the "famous" cake buffet. The cakes and breads were all set out on a table and looked like they'd been there a while. So did the mayo-based seafood salad..
There were flies all around the food. Hunger got the best of me and I tried the butter cake... terrible! I went back to try something else but lost my appetite when I saw a man coughing as he helped himself to a slice of cake. Huge waste of money. Furious with myself for falling into another tourist trap.
Written June 30, 2021
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draugasaga
Reykjavik, Iceland1 contribution
Family
Went there with my family having no expectation. Went to the cafe which has amazing food. I will admit it was a little pricy but the quality and quantity make up for it. (I recommend the seafood soup.) The museum it sells wasn't bad either. The staff was nice and there were loads of interesting rooms/things to look at.
Written July 24, 2021
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jkeene1866
New York City, NY6 contributions
Friends
I found this place on TripAdvisor the morning we visited. We'd stayed in Egelisstador the night before and we were looking for a good place for a late breakfast early lunch and this came up. So glad it did! We started with the fantastic buffet lunch in the restaurant Klausturkaffi downstairs. There were 2 delicious soups a couple of main courses, a wonderful salad and grilled veggies. Everything was amazing and we sat and watched the rain. Then we headed out in the drizzle to explore the ruins. We wondered how they recreated the low walls that demarcated each room... and asked the museum curator ... fascinating! The plaques in each room explained what each was and its function -- very helpful. From here we continued on to hike up to Hengifoss. This was one of my favorite days in Iceland.
Written July 26, 2016
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PhilipLeic
Leicester, UK1,370 contributions
Couples
There are a few things worth stopping at this location for. The main buildings are the former home of the Icelandic writer Gunner Gunnerson. Downstairs is an excellent restaurant and outside are the ruins of a cloister from the middle ages with information boards. There is also a small maze to visit.
Written July 21, 2016
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NorthernWanderlust
Ottawa231 contributions
Couples
There is no understating how much we enjoyed our Skriduklaustur experience. The food was to-die-for, plentiful, and in comparison to other Icelandic prices, a complete steal. Further, the monastic ruins down the hill were so incredible to walk through. This place is a perfect mix of great history and great food.

The best thing to do is to go over lunch and have the buffet. In ours, there was reindeer casserole, lamb stew, quiches, fresh fruit and vegetables, two different soups, an assortment of amazing desserts, and coffee and tea. Considering that the buffet is less expensive that an entrée, it is an incredible deal. We enjoyed the food while taking in the scenery from underneath the arches. The service is also very friendly too. The only downside is that it gets a little crowded around lunch if a tour us arrives.

As for the monastic ruins (we didn't go in the poet's museum), they were excavated a few years ago and the entire layout of the monastery is there to see, with plenty of interpretive signs. It's pretty incredible, and worth a look from atop the hill if you're pressed for time. The staff there is also incredibly informative. We spent half an hour talking with one of them about the monastery, the area, early Icelandic history, and modern life in Iceland. There's no doubt that this was one of the best experiences for us in Iceland. We stayed way longer than originally planned.
Written July 11, 2016
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Eiður R
Djupivogur, Iceland31 contributions
Family
I have stoped at this place feew times trough the years and it is always nice. Interesting information about one of Icelandic great writers Gunnar Gunnarsson, his life, writing and dreams.

The house is interesting, one of it's kind in Iceland.

But the iceing on the cake is defenetly the coffe and cakes that you can enjoy there, home made Icelandic style made from local ingreetients by the local people.

Just remember to look up the opening hours if you are traveling off high seson (sept-mai)
Written August 12, 2014
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Skriduklaustur is open:
  • Sun - Sat 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM