What to bring
Warm, waterproof clothes, hat, gloves, hiking boots or other good waterproof shoes/boots.
Private computers, cameras, video recorders, adapters to connect to data projectors, etc., specialized art materials and tools, as needed.
European citizens are advised to bring a European Health Insurance Card.
How to get to Seyðisfjörður
When arriving in Iceland at Keflavik Airport, Seyðisfjörður is still a small journey away.
You will first have to make the transit from Keflavik International Airport to the Reykjavík Domestic Airport:
You should calculate at least 2,5 hours for the transfer between the two airports.
The Flybus airport bus will take you to the BSÍ central bus station. You can either take a taxi from there, or, if you have booked a Flybus+ ticket, you change here to a smaller bus, which takes you to the domestic airport. You can book the bus tickets either online or at the ticket office at Keflavik Airport. https://www.re.is/flybus/
From Reykjavik Domestic Airport you fly to Egilsstaðir. Air Iceland operates this flight several times a day and it takes one hour. http://www.airiceland.is
The local bus Egilsstaðir–Seyðisfjörður will then take you over the mountain pass (approx. 25 min): http://www.visitseydisfjordur.com/project/local-bus-schedule/
Watch out: there is a summer schedule and a winter schedule for the bus on this website, be sure to check the right one for your journey.
It is highly recommended to coordinate arrival times in Egilsstaðir with the local bus from Egilsstaðir to Seyðisfjörður – which operates two times a day and not on Sundays/holidays. This could mean that it is better to stay in Reykjavik for one night after your arrival in Iceland, rather than trying to do the whole journey in one day.
There is a possibility to book accommodation in Reykjavik via the Icelandic Artists association www.sim.is. Minimum stay: 2 nights. There are also plenty of hostels and guesthouses to choose from. Booking early is necessary, especially in the summer tourist season.
We regret to say that we don’t have the capacity to pick up our artists from the airport, as this involves a 50 min return drive over the mountain. If linking the flight to the bus schedule is impossible, you could take a taxi, which will cost around 12.000 ISK (70 Euros) one way. Taxi contacts: Guttormur 00354-6594828; Jón 00354-8982625
It is also possible to travel to East Iceland by bus and see more of the landscape (Reykjavik Excursions, https://www.re.is), but you will have to spend one night in either Akureyri or Höfn on the way. The weather and road conditions can be difficult in winter, so taking the bus is not really recommended in that period.
Another way to come to Seyðisfjörður is by ferry: The Norröna ferry, operated by Smyril Line www.smyril-line.com , sails directly to Seyðisfjörður from Hirtshals in Denmark.
How to get around in Seyðisfjörður
Since the town is small (population of 650) and it only takes a few minutes to get from one end of the town to the other, there is no public transport within Seyðisfjörður.
Our residencies are located in different houses throughout the town. All can be reached from the Skaftfell main building in a 5 min walk. See the map at the bottom of this page.
The Skaftfell building has wireless internet with good working speed for most internet-based purposes. The residency apartments have wireless internet as well, with a download limit of 150GB per month.
Other artists-in-residence and guests
Artists in an exclusive residency are alone in their house or with their own group/family. Artists in a collective residency have a private room but share the house with one other artist. The short-term residency at Skaftfell can house up to two artists in two private bedrooms.
In the exclusive residency a guest can visit for a short period. The collective and short-term residencies do not allow for guests staying overnight.
There are usually 3 or more artists on the residency program at the same time.
Shopping and supplies
There is only one supermarket in Seyðisfjörður. More extensive (and cheaper) shopping can be done in Egilsstaðir.
There are no specific art supply stores in Seyðisfjörður. In Egilsstaðir there is a hardware store “Húsasmiðjan” with a small paint, brush, and canvas section. The stationary shop “A4” sells paper and basic drawing utensils. The printshop Héradsprent in Egilsstaðir also has a selection of paper, paints, and basic tools, and offers a large format printing service. Furthermore it is relatively easy (although costly) to have supplies sent from shops in Reykjavík. See the SÍM list of art supplies and for printing, development and equipment in Reykjavik.
The town has a post office, a bank, and a cash machine (ATM).
Art-related facilities and sights
The Creative Map of Seyðisfjörður points out places that could be of relevance and inspiring during the residency period.
Artists-in-residence can apply to exhibit in the Bookshop – projectspace: a basic “white cube” gallery-/project space. We also arrange artist talks, lectures, workshops and other activities, upon request. Artists-in-residency are also encouraged to engage in the Art Class held by Skaftfell for the older primary school children in town.
The confirmation fee covers the first month of the rent if the residency goes ahead as planned. In case of cancellation it is not refundable.
More information about the town and its surroundings can be found at www.visitseydisfjordur.is