Skriðuklaustur is a historical site with the ruins of a 16th century monastery which was revealed in an archeaological excavation in the years 2002-2012. It was an Augustinian cloister, established around 1493 and in function until the reformation in 1550. The cloister was a hospice for the sick and the poor of East Iceland.
The monastic ruins are open year round and an exhibit in Gunnarsson's home.
On site is also the mansion of the famous Icelandic writer Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889-1975), built in 1939 when he returned home after living in Denmark for more then 30 years. Amongst his works are classics like Advent (The Good Shepherd) that has been translated to many languages. The mansion is now a centre of culture & history with exhibitions and personal guidance and the renowned restaurant Klausturkaffi.