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Café Klausturkaffi

Klausturkaffi is located in the cultural centre at Skriðuklaustur in Fljotsdalur valley, 39 km from Egilsstaðir. The restaurant offers lunch and cake buffet every day when it is open along with the small menu. The focus is on the Icelandic cuisine with a special interest in local food products as the Icelandic lamb, reindeer meat, stone bramble berries and mushrooms from the growing forest of the area. All bread and cakes are homebaked. There are seats for 50 guests and in the summertime, you can also sit out on the south porch.

Klausturkaffi is not open in the evening except for groups that book in advance and in connection with special events at the cultural centre. Check the opening hours and menus at our website. Dinners, banquets and refreshments for groups can be ordered by arrangement year round.

Opening hours:
June - August: Open daily 10am - 6pm
May & September: Open daily 11am - 5pm
April & 1/2 Oct.: Open daily 12pm - 4pm

Café Klausturkaffi

Skriðuklaustur

GPS Points N65° 2' 27.233" W14° 57' 9.115"
Telephone

+354 4712992

Opening period 01/04 - 15/10
Categories Restaurants

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Nature
11.96 km
Atlavík

The inlet of Atlavík camp site in Hallormsstaðaskógur woodland is beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Lagarfljót. In the eighties Icelanders would flock to the legendary Atlavík Festival where no other than Ringo Starr performed in 1984!

Like other areas in Hallormsstaðaskógur, the inlet provides the shelter of trees, as well as a comparatively continental climate at the south end of the lake, far away from oceanic conditions. The forest is considered to be Iceland's largest one. It covers an area of 740 hectares, most of which is native birch. The birchwood remnants at Hallormsstaður were declared protected in 1905. Hallormsstaðaskógur is a popular outdoor recreational area for both locals and travellers, with its diverse landscapes and over 40 kms of versatile hiking routes and marked trails, open spaces and playgrounds. The Hallormsstaður Arboretum is unique in Iceland, comprising a collection of around 80 tree species from all over the world.

Nature
24.81 km
Lagarfljót and Lögurinn

Lagarfljót is one of Iceland's deepest lakes covering about 140 kms from its source in Eyjabakkajökull glacier to Héraðsflói bay. The innermost section forms the lake Lögurinn with a surface of 53 square kilometers and average depth of 51 m, reaching 112 m where it is deepest. Its deep mysterious glacial waters are home to Iceland's ancient and much older equivalent of the Loch Ness Monster; the terrifying sea-worm-like Wyrm or Lagarfljótsormur.

The oldest recorded sighting dates back to 1345. It was considered a bad omen if the curved forms of the monster were spotted above the water's edge. In recent years the Wyrm has mostly kept to itself but pay close attention as you never know when it may reveal itself again!

Nature
8.11 km
Mulakollur

Þingmúli divides Skriðdalur into Norðurdalur and Suðurdalur. The Round Road nr.1 lies through Suðurdalur to Breiðdalur. The homestead at Þingmúli was a place of gathering for the Thing in Eastern Iceland for centuries.

The northernmost part of the mountain is called Múlakollur. Walk the ridge from the sign straight up to 400 m. When you reach Múlakollur's top it is pleasant to walk onwards and along the top and descend on the east side a bit south of Múlastekkur. One can also ascend by walking up from Múlastekkur.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°01.624-W14°38.049

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Nature
13.36 km
Hallormsstaðaskógur

Hallormsstaðaskógur National Forest is considered to be Iceland's largest forest. The forest covers an area of 740 hectares, most of which is native birch. The birchwood remnants at Hallormsstaður farm were declared protected in 1905 and thereby became Iceland's first national forest and is now managed by the Icelandic Forest Service.

Hallormsstaðaskógur is a popular outdoor recreational area for both locals and travellers, with its diverse landscapes and over 40 kms of versatile hiking routes and marked trails, camp sites, open spaces and playgrounds. The Hallormsstaður Arboretum is unique in Iceland, comprising a collection of around 80 tree species from all over the world.

The forest provides food, nest sites and protection from predators for several bird species. Year-round residents include redpoll, wren, goldcrest, ptarmigan, and raven. In summer the forest fills with redwings, snipes and meadow pipits along with woodcocks and wagtails. Besides birding, the forest offers opportunities for botanising and picking berries and mushrooms.

16.97 km
Wilderness Center

Wilderness Center of Iceland - Center of Recreation

The Wilderness Center is an authentic and peaceful hideaway, located right on the edge of Northern Europe´s most extensive wilderness.

One can experience the spirit of the past through a variety of services, such as unique accommodation, local food, exhibitions, horse riding and hiking, stargazing/Aurora station, day tours, escorted tours, super jeep tours, and tailor-made tours.

The center's tranquil and pleasant location, as well as the distinct choice of accommodation and unique setting both indoors and out, will draw guests into adventures of the past and offer a unique atmosphere.

Delicious food from local ingredients is cooked from scratch in the open home-style kitchen. Cakes and bread are also home-made.

The Center offers a variety of activity and services. One can go hiking along waterfalls, cross the river on a cable-bridge, go horseback riding, rent mountain bikes, go fishing, gaze at the stars in the stargazing hut or visit the creative museum about the history of the Icelandic wilderness, where one can walk into the adventures of the Icelandic wilderness and be touched by the dramatic struggle between the forces of nature and the Icelander´s fight to survive.

Many different day tours can be made from the Wilderness Center either self-drive or escorted. For example to Hengifoss, Laugarfell hot springs, Snæfell area, Hafrahvammagljúfur canyons and many more. Multi-day, tailormade tours can also be arranged, all year around.

Nature
13.35 km
Bjargselsbotnar - hike

Hiking trail starts by a sign near Hallormsstaðarskóli schoolhouse in Hallormsstaður woodland following a light green marked trail that passes through an area where half the mountain slid forward some 10.000 years ago. You'll ascend up to Bjargselsbotnar, onwards to Bjarg and Þverbjarg to Illaskriða landslide. From there you follow the trail to the Leirtjarnarhryggur ridge.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°05.465-W14°43.031

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History and Culture
8.31 km
Hrafnkelsstadir

Hrafnkelsstaðir is a farm in Fljótsdalur valley, S-E of river Lagarfljót. It was formerly the abode of saga era hero Hrafnkell Freysgoði Hallfreðarson after he had been chasen off his original settlement at farm Aðalbóli in Hrafnkelsdalur valley. The Saga of Hrafnkell Freysgoði ranks among the classics of Icelandic ancient litterature. The farmsted land include the Ranaskógur forest, an idyllic woodland located in the extremities of the so called Víðivallaháls ridge. In days of yore the entire area was covered with green forest.

Nature
0.07 km
Skriðuklaustur

Skriðuklaustur is now a centre of culture and history in Fljótsdalur. After becoming a renowned author on the European continent, Gunnar Gunnarsson had a mansion built here in 1939 and made it his residence. In 1948 he bequeathed the property to the Icelandic nation. The building is now home to the Institute of Gunnar Gunnarsson, displaying books and artifacts connected with his life and work. In addition, there are various cultural events and art exhibitions. Café Klausturkaffi is located in the dining room. Since 1992, archaeological excavation of a nearby 16th-century monastery has yielded exciting results and attracted general attention. Visitors are allowed to view the ruins.

Other attractions
0.48 km
Snæfellsstofa

Snæfellsstofa is a visitor center and information center for the eastern area of ​​Vatnajökull National Park. It opened in 2010 and is the first environmentally certified building in Iceland according to the BREEAM environmental standard. ARKÍS Architects designed Snæfellsstofa.

The eternal creativity of the glacier inspires the shape of Snæfellsstofa, how he either breaks his way or retreats and throws new, ever-changing natural gems into the landscape. These creations are a model for the spaces and shapes that can be found in Snæfellsstofa. In terms of building materials, Snæfellsstofa draws inspiration from Gunnarshús, larch in wall cladding, pasture on the roof, and loads on a plot of homemade stones. Nearby are vast forests that become visible in the appearance of the house.

The horizontal and slightly sloping strata (tertiary lava) with prominent sloping rock tunnels are reflected in the main axis both in form and choice of material and color. The building enjoys itself extremely well as it stands on the slopes of Fljótsdalur.

Nature
13.06 km
Hallormsstaður

Hallormsstaður is a former parsonage. A small village has formed in this area through the years in connection with the school, travel industry, and the work in the forest. The forest of Hallormsstaður is the largest forest in Iceland.

In 1903 the Forest Department was founded in Hallormsstaður. A remarkable tree museum has formed in the forest of hallormsstaður through the years. At the tree museum, there are walking paths making it easy to go through the history of tree planting in Iceland. There are art exhibitions in the area and many other events. atlavík, which is located deep in the forest is a beloved attraction for tourists.

History and Culture
9.62 km
Lagarfljótsormurinn

The gigantic serpentine sea monster, or worm, of Lagarfljót (Lögurinn) lake, is Fljótsdalshérað's most famous creature. As it was already mentioned in chronicles of 1345, it has reached ripe old age. Initially, the wyrm was merely a little slug that was placed on a golden ring - at that time suggested as a method of multiplying gold. However, when the girl who owned the ring opened the shrine containing the ring and the slug, she was dismayed by the rapid growth of the worm - swelling with pride over its treasure, while the ring remained the same. Panicking, the girl hurled the shrine and its contents into the lake. As time passed, the slug grew into a wyrm frightening the locals and belching poison over the farmlands. Some say that two Finnish magicians were eventually engaged to tackle the monster and that they managed to restrain the beast by shaking its extremities to the lakebed. Others claim it was the popular bishop of North Iceland, Guðmundur - nicknamed "the Benevolent"- who tied the wyrm down in this way, so tightly that it only manages to arch its back up above the surface. Legend declares that if the wyrm ever disengages itself, not only will it raise a ruckus, but it will bring about the end of the world...

Nature
6.21 km
Hengifoss

Apart from having recently been re-defined as Iceland's second-highest waterfall, the Hengifoss is particularly picturesque. The layers between numerous Tertiary lava strata yield a reddish color particularly salient in the cliffs around Hengifoss. Moreover, underway towards Hengifoss, the Litlanesfoss presents impressive stands of basalt columns on both sides of the gorge.

Usually, the climb ends well below Hengifoss, at a point where it can easily be admired without crossing the river. However, if the flow is scarce - as is often the case in autumn - it is feasible to go closer and even enter a shallow cave behind the waterfall.
There is an easy walking path from the highway to Hengifoss, it takes 40-60 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the waterfall.

www.hengifoss.is

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Nature
12.08 km
Arboretum in Hallormsstaðar Forest

Í Hallormsstaðaskógi er trjásafn með um 80 tegundum trjáa og runna víðsvegar að úr heiminum, og er safnið einstakt á landsvísu. Best er að hefja gönguna um trjásafnið á bílastæðinu við þjóðveginn, þar sem einnig er salernisaðstaða, og fylgja göngustígnum þaðan um safnið. Mælt er með að gefa sér 2 til 3 klukkustundir til þess að skoða safnið og njóta útiverunnar. Einnig er tilvalið að hafa með sér nesti, sem skemmtilegt er að taka með sér niður að Fljótinu og snæða.

Austurland

Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur