What to bring
Warm, waterproof clothes, hat, gloves, scarf, woolly sweater, hiking boots or other good waterproof shoes/boots, swimsuit, sunglasses, warm socks for wearing indoors.
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.
Towels and bedlinen are provided in the residency apartments.
How to get to Seyðisfjörður
By ferry from Denmark:
Smyril Line operates a weekly car ferry between Hirtshals (Denmark) and Seyðisfjörður. Booking information can be found on their website: http://www.smyrilline.com This is probably the most beautiful way to arrive in Iceland, and you’ll set foot on land right at Skaftfell’s doorstep. Bring seasickness tablets. Skaftfell can negotiate a 10% discount on the ferry ticket for residency artists during the low season.
When arriving in Iceland at Keflavik International Airport, Seyðisfjörður is still a small journey away. You will first have to make the transit from Keflavik Airport to the Reykjavík Domestic Airport: There are several companies providing an airport bus service, for example Flybus, which will take you to the BSÍ central bus station. From BSÍ it is a 20 min walk or short taxi ride to the Reykjavík Domestic Airport (for Air Iceland Connect). Some airport bus companies offer a drop-off at the domestic airport for an additional fee. You should calculate at least 2,5 hours for the transfer between airports.
From Reykjavik Domestic Airport you fly to Egilsstaðir. Air Iceland Connect operates this flight several times a day and it takes one hour. It is essential to coordinate arrival times in Egilsstaðir with the local minibus that will take you from Egilsstaðir to Seyðisfjörður. The morning flight (at 7:30) connects directly to the bus (at 8:50). The lunchtime and afternoon flights (at 11:50 or 14:40) will enable you to take the afternoon bus at 16:15. There is no bus on Sundays and public holidays.The minibus timetable Egilsstaðir – Seyðisfjörður can be found here: Bus schedule Sey – Egs
The minibus will take you over the mountain pass Fjarðarheiði into Seyðisfjörður in approximately 25 min. We are sorry to say that we don’t have enough staff capacity to pick you up from the airport. But if linking the flight to the bus schedule is absolutely impossible, or if you miss the bus, you could hitchhike, or take a taxi, which will cost around 12.000 ISK (70 Euros).
Taxi contacts: Guttormur 00354-6594828; Jón 00354-8982625.
It is also possible to travel to East Iceland by rental car (there are plenty of car rental companies at Keflavík Airport to choose from). The car journey takes 8-10 hours depending on weather/road conditions. In the winter months (November to April) traveling by road can be problematic due to bad weather and icy roads, so please consider if you feel confident and experienced enough to drive in these conditions. We usually recommend taking the plane during winter.
Traveling by scheduled bus from Reykjavík takes around 14 hours and/or requires a one-night stopover in Akureyri or Höfn. It is a beautiful way to get to know the country and its landscape a little bit on the way. https://www.re.is/iceland-on-your-own/; www.straeto.is
Please note that travel might be difficult during the winter (and sometimes during the rest of the year too) due to bad weather conditions. Occasionally Seyðisfjörður gets snowed in and the mountain road to the airport is closed, so we cannot reach the airport for a day or two. Especially in the winter it is therefore advisable to book changeable flights in order to remain flexible, and to allow two days between your inland flight (from Egilsstaðir to Reykjavik) and your international flight (from Keflavik).
If you have any questions please contact [email protected]
How to get around in Seyðisfjörður
There is no public transport in Seyðisfjörður, and no taxi service. But the town is small (population around 700), and it only takes a few minutes to walk or cycle from one end of the town to the other. Our residencies are located in three different houses throughout the town. All can be reached from the Skaftfell main building in a 2-5 min walk.
The residency apartments have wireless internet, with a free download limit of at least 250 GB per month. There is also free WiFi at the Skaftfell Bistro and at several other locations in town.
There are up to 4 artists on the Skaftfell residency program at the same time. We usually meet for coffee once a week in the Skaftfell office, or otherwise by individual arrangement.
Shopping and art supplies
There is only one supermarket in Seyðisfjörður. More extensive (and cheaper) shopping can be done in Egilsstaðir.
The town has a post office, a bank, and a cash machine (ATM).
There are no specific art supply stores in Seyðisfjörður. In Egilsstaðir there is a hardware store called Húsasmiðjan with a small paint, brush, and canvas section. The stationary shop A4 sells paper and basic drawing utensils, as well as some art materials. The printshop Héradsprent in Egilsstaðir has a selection of paper, paint, and basic tools, and offers a wide range of printing services. The Skaftfell office also sells a small range of paper. Furthermore it is possible to order from shops in Reykjavík. See the SÍM list of art supplies, services and equipment.
More information about Seyðisfjörður and East Iceland can be found at www.austurland.is and www.east.is.