What to bring
Warm, waterproof clothes, hat, gloves, hiking boots or other good waterproof shoes/boots, swimsuit.
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
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: For the transfer between airports you should calculate at least 2,5 hours. 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 buy the bus tickets either online or at the ticket office at Keflavik Airport.
From Reykjavik Domestic Airport you fly to Egilsstaðir. Air Iceland Connect operates this flight several times a day, flight time is 1 hr. 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 local minibus schedule can be found here.
We regret to say that Skaftfell doesn’t have the capacity to provide a pick up from Egilsstaðir airport. If linking the flight to the minibus is impossible, you could hitchhike, or take a taxi, which will cost around 12.000 ISK (70 Euros). Taxi contacts: Guttormur 00354-6594828; Jón 00354-8982625
Overnight stay in Reykjavík: It is possible to book accommodation in Reykjavik via the Icelandic Artists Association SÍM. Minimum stay is 2 nights. There are also plenty of hostels and guesthouses to choose from. Booking early is necessary, especially in the high season (May-September).
By bus from Reykjavík:
It is also possible to travel to East Iceland by bus (Reykjavik Excursions or Stræto). Due to the bus schedules you might have to spend one night in either Akureyri or Höfn on the way, where advance booking of accommodation is necessary. The weather and road conditions can be difficult in winter, and there might be road closures and other delays, so taking the bus is not recommended in that period. In the summer it is a great way to see more of Iceland.
By rental car:
Renting a car is relatively expensive in Iceland, but it is a good travel alternative if you are a confident and experienced driver. In the winter especially, but also in all other seasons, it is essential to check the weather and road conditions before starting to drive. The trip from Reykjavík to Seyðisfjörður takes 9-10 hrs, both on the northern route and the southern route. Important information about safe driving in Iceland is available here.
By ferry from Denmark:
Another way to come to Seyðisfjörður is by ferry: The Norröna ferry, operated by Smyril Line sails directly to Seyðisfjörður from Hirtshals in Denmark, via the Faroe Islands. The journey takes 2,5 days (2 nights at sea). Skaftfell can arrange a discount for residency artists in the off-season (October to May).
How to get around in Seyðisfjörður
There is no public transport in Seyðisfjörður, and no taxi service. But the town is small (population 650), and it only takes a few minutes to walk or cycle from one end of the town to the other. We have three recycled old bikes for residency artists to share, and are collecting more.
Our residencies are located in 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 250 GB per month. There is also free WiFi at the Skaftfell Bistro and many other locations in town.
There are up to 6 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 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 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 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 Skaftfell office also sells a small range of paper.
Art-related facilities and sights
Information about venues and events related to Skaftfell can be found here.
The Creative Map of East Iceland points out a selection of places in the region that could be of relevance and inspiring during the residency period.
More information about the town and its surroundings can be found at www.visitseydisfjordur.is