Skriduklaustur was built in 1939 and is the most recognized and renowned buildings of the East fjords, former home to the author Gunnar Gunnarsson.
Gunnar Gunnarsson, one of Iceland’s most famous author, had this mansion built. He then gave it to the Icelandic nation 9 years later. The building is now a center of culture and history and a home to Gunnarsstofnun, or the Institute of Gunnar Gunnarsson, and displays objects connected to his work and life.
A German architect named Fritz Höger designed the house, it’s 315 square meters, has an attic and two storeys. It is located about 50 m above sea-level and 50 miles from the sea.
In 1997 the Gunnar Gunnarsson’s Institute was established by law and in 1999 the Ministry of Education assumed responsibility of Skriduklaustur. Skriduklaustur is now an educational institute and museum, dedicated the life and work of the author.
From a monastery to a museum and visitor center
During the middle ages Skriduklaustur was a monastery (klaustur being the Icelandic word for monastery). In recent years there has been an archaeological excavation in Skriduklaustur, one that has uncovered facts that show that the monastery served also as a local hospital. Today Skriduklaustur serves as a museum for Gunnar and as a writers retreat. It also houses one of the visitors centers for Vatnajokull National Park.
Skriduklaustur opening hours
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.
Where is Skriduklaustur?
Skriðuklaustur is 40 km from Egilsstadir town, in the upper end of Lagarfljot lake.
GPS: 65.041417 N, -14.953272 W