English, Spanish, French, Scandinavian
1-3 months
Paid by artist 

All expenses are paid by the guest (travel, food, materials). For the current residency fees, please check here:

Application guidelines 

Fill out the online application form:  or send them information about you, with CV and aim of stay to: [email protected].

Gullkistan is very family friendly. The hosts accept applications the whole year round.





residency for creative people


The Gullkistan residency was founded in spring 2009 and is now run all year round. Guests can choose to stay either at a farmhouse where there is room for 3-6 people or they can stay in new apartments in the village. A workstudio is in a renovated barn at the farm, about 10 minutes walk from the village. Gullkistan has also been a place for seminars, courses in art, exhibitions of art and open studios.

The guests so far are mostly visual artists as well as writers, musicians, designers, photographers, filmmakers and scientists.

Directors are Alda Sigurðardóttir and Kristveig Halldórsdóttir. They are both artists. They may assist guests as needed. Kristveig and Alda have both been active artist as well as being active in the artist society of Iceland. They have curated together and separately many different projects on art.

On the Gullkistan website, you can find recommendations from previous residents: More.

Accommodation Information 

The accommodation is fully equipped and there is internet access everywhere. A small old jeap belonging to the residency can be borrowed for shorter excursions for a small fee. The Center is in easy walking distance from the town center, grocery shop and bus stop.

Studio Information 

The studio is at the farmhouse. Three separate rooms in a total of 120 square meters, coffee room with fridge hot and cold water and wc. Wi-Fi internet


The residency is located in a quiet village by the Laugarvatn lake with a view of (and in a safe distance from) the Hekla volcano. It has two studios with shared tools, materials and wifi. Accommodation ranges from single rooms to studio apartments. Places at Gul by bus to Reykjavik (1hr) and Keflavik Airport.

Gullkistan is a quiet and remote place, but only 70 km from Reykjavík and 40 km to Selfoss, the center for south Iceland services, accessible year round. For an air view, please click here.

Getting here: Gullkistan can arrange for a ride from Reykjavik to Laugarvatn by taxi for € 80. Included is a stop in a foodstore.

Dalbraut 1
810 Laugarvatn
(+354) 892-4410

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