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The Textile Center is located in the remote and rural location of Blönduós, north-western Iceland. This guide will help you navigate and overcome some of the challenges of living in a foreign place.


How do I travel to Iceland and Reykjavik?

Arriving at Keflavik Airport (Reykjavik) by plane: Distance to Blönduós is 300 km. Many airlines fly to Keflavik. The Icelandic airlines are Icelandair and WOW air. More info and flights can be found at

Airport Shuttle from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik: There is a Flybus ( from Keflavík Airport to the Reykjavík bus terminal BSI (duration is 45 minutes). If you are staying at a hotel or guest house, ask if the bus stops there. Tickets are bought in the arrivals area after baggage claim.

How do I travel from Reykjavik to Blönduós?

Bus from Reykjavik to Blönduós: The bus company is called Strætó ( 
Bus 57 goes from Mjódd bus station (Reykjavík) to Blönduós. You can find bus times, fares, and other information on their website. You can pay for your fare once you board the bus, have cash in case their card machine is broken. Their booking phone number: (+354) 540 2700.

The Short Version of Bus Directions: If arriving on an early morning flight, you might catch the 9am 57 bus from Mjódd to Blönduós the same day (without staying overnight in Reykjavik). 
 Take the Flybus from the airport to the BSI bus terminal (45 min trip) and a cab from BSI to Mjódd (20 minutes, approx. 3000 ISK). You will make bus 57 if you leave in a cab from BSI by 8:30am.

If Staying Overnight in Reykjavik:

  • Catch a cab from your hotel to Mjódd Station OR take city bus #3 from Hlemmur.

  • Bus 57 (toward Akureyri) departs Mjódd Station at 09:00am. Pay your fare at the bus station or inside the bus.

  • Get off at the Blönduós stop, which is a N1 gas station (about a 4 hour journey arrives 13:15)

  • Someone will meet you at the N1 gas station if we know about your arrival.

Buses during your residency: A timetable is hanging up in the kitchen in the residency.

Where can I stay in Reykjavik?

You may choose to spend some time in Reykjavik before or after your stay in Blönduós. We suggest a stay at the guesthouse of SÍM, Association for Icelandic Artists ( The guesthouse has 4 private rooms (shared kitchen and bathroom). It’s located in the center of downtown Reykjavik, so staying there on weekends can be noisy. Walking distance to almost everything.


When should I arrive at the Textile Center?

The month prior to your residency you will receive an email with additional local information etc. If you haven’t received anything, please contact the office of Textílsetur at Please arrive on a weekday (Mon-Fri) so that a staff member can welcome you at the Textile Center. For example, if the 1st of a month is a Sunday, please arrive on Monday (the next weekday). If that’s not possible please let us know by e-mail and we will arrange for somebody to meet you.

What type of accommodation will I have at the Textile Center?

The Textile Center Residency housing is inside Kvennaskólinn, the former women’s college in Blönduós. Kvennaskólinn is a very old building—over 100 years old! Please be mindful of this historical building and its quirks.

You have your own private bedroom, a shared kitchen and shared bathroom. The room is expected to house one artist alone, if you have children or a spouse who need to be with you please discuss this with us, as extra fees and accommodation will be arranged. Please be courteous and considerate when sharing a house, which means you cleaning up after yourself (including doing your dishes, cleaning your hair from the shower drain, wiping tables, cleaning the fridge, and throwing away garbage). You must leave your accommodation as clean as you found it.

Windows: When cooking in the kitchen, or showering in the bathroom, there is likely to be steam. So please remember to open the window to let steam out. Otherwise mold will form, damaging the house.

The laundry room is in the basement, please arrange a schedule amongst yourselves. The window in the laundry room is to be left open at all times (unless there is a storm, in this case all windows are to be closed). For a clothing cycle, the option ‘Super 30’ is the preferred choice as it uses less energy and some of the other cycles can last up to 3 hours.

If you are leaving the house for a trip, make sure ALL windows are closed (and fire doors), as you don’t know if the weather will change and bring a storm unexpectedly. Not fun to return to!

Household Supplies: Artists are responsible for all living expenses. The Textile Center will assist and provide things like tea-towels, sponges, dish-washing brush, and linen. And some consumables like toilet paper, dish soap, and washing machine detergent.

Broken Items: If you happen to break anything, please inform Jóhanna so it can be replaced.

Linens are supplied, artists must launder their linen upon departure.

Your residency fee includes all bills and you do not have to pay for electricity etc. However please be eco-conscious, and turn off lights and heating if you are not using them. A good average gauge on heating is to keep it around ‘3’, and much lower in summer, often in summer you can turn heating off completely.

Smoking is not allowed in the house no matter what time of year. You may smoke outside.

Do not forget your swimsuits. At Blönduósi we have an impressive swimming pool and sports facilities.

What is the intern’s role?

Often we have an intern staying in the residency. The intern assists the daily operation of the residency, including a role of ‘facilitator’ to the other artists. Typical activities during an intern shift are: organizing the residency programming (artist talks, spontaneous initiatives, Open House exhibition/open studios, involvement in town events/festivals) or helping an artist fix/move/exhibit/get things, making sure the kitchen/bathroom/pillows/blankets/bed sheets are clean. The Intern is NOT here as a cleaner. Household chores, taking out the trash and putting away the dishes etc., are everybody’s concern and these tasks should be shared.

Please regularly check your emails as the Intern will send information emails regarding upcoming trips, updates in the town and within the house to the group.

The intern lets their fellow artists know when they’re available on a calendar in the kitchen, so that the intern can keep their personal time for themselves and their projects. As the intern is living in the residency, the hours offer a guideline to help artists know how, when and where to contact the intern, and to give boundaries for the intern to work on their own residency projects. For example, the Intern may choose their office hours to be Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm. Of course, if there is an emergency outside of office hours, both of the residency office (8am to 4pm) and the intern hours, the intern is on hand to assist.

How is the residency structured?

The residency is a non-profit organization that provides artists a home and studio for the duration of their residency period, which is valid from the first to the last day of the month of any given months applied for. Arrivals should be made on weekdays before 4pm. (If you need to arrive on the weekend, please let us know in advance.) The residency is structured to enable artists to work with focus and no limits in time. There will be access to the main and dye studios 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so any schedule of working can be accommodated. Each artist in residence has their own key to the Textile Center.


When can I work in the studios?

It is great to be together and work under the same roof. The open plan studio enables artists to work along each other and to relate to each other’s work if desired. As a shared space, courtesy and consideration for others is important. Artists are responsible for the studio. It is an extension of your space. It is advisable to keep to the same guidelines as at home, empty the garbage regularly, place recyclables in the recycle bin, and keep spaces tidy.

The main studio and the dye studio are accessible 24/7. You can work on any schedule you like, at any time. Your work space is your responsibility – but please respect your fellow artists! It is required that you clean your working space in the studio before you leave – the next artist should find a space as tidy as you did. It will include sweeping and wiping the desk and floor.

Music should be enjoyed via headphones, particularly if you work with sound art or film. Please respect that other people may need quiet in order to work. If there is only a couple of people in the studios, and they have the same taste and enjoy working to music, this may be ok. Please be considerate if someone else comes in, as the default setting is quiet. Please use the living room as a meeting place.

What are the studio house rules?
  • Parties are strictly forbidden in the studio, it is a work place and should be respected as such.
  • Smoking is forbidden inside and on the balcony.
  • There is a no shoes policy indoors, please bring slippers or indoor shoes with you.
  • LOCKING UP: All artists have a key to the front door, if they lock themselves out there is a doorbell. The door is left unlocked when the offices are open, but staff lock the doors when they leave, so always take your front door key when going out. If artists leave the house when the offices are closed, they must leave the door locked. Kvennaskólinn has valuables and expensive equipment. Locking up is a must.
  • The residency assumes no legal responsibility for artists. The Textile Center does not insure artists or their work. Artists must claim through travel or other insurance they have prearranged.
  • Please use headphones when listening to music in the studio.
  • All common areas are to be kept clean, organized, and tidy for your fellow artists. This 
includes the rooms, and the studios. Everyone is involved in this act.
  • At the end of the month each artist is responsible for cleaning his/her studio space. Please clean the table, sweep the floor and empty the shelves.
  • Quiet hours are from 10PM – 9AM (22-9). This includes the weaving studio.
What are the weaving studio guidelines?

Please note that although the looms are functional and can (and should!) be used, please keep in mind that the looms of Kvennaskólinn are historic artifacts and need to be treated accordingly.

Please do:

  • Make sure to shut the door, switch off the lights when finished working in the weaving studio and help us keep the studio tidy.
  • Make sure that Jack (the humidifier) has enough to drink.
  • Please close the windows.
  • When choosing a loom, please see the instruction about each loom on the wall. There you can see how many harnesses each loom can have.
  • All common areas are to be kept clean, organized, and tidy for your fellow artists. This includes the rooms, and the studios. Everyone is involved in this act.
  • At the end of the month each artist is responsible for cleaning his/her studio space.

Please do not:

  • Move looms without permission.
  • Take parts from looms without placing them back on the looms.
  • Replace missing parts from looms – please let us know if you think a specific loom needs repair!
What are the main studio guidelines?

Please do:

  • Always open the windows if there is lots of steam (ironing/hot water running). Loud processes (consider offices/exams in building during office hours), messy work, or natural dye work should use the dye studio across the street.
  • Always clean the sink after felting. The wool often gets stuck in the pipes. Please clean up afterwards including the space next to the sink so everyone can work in a clean space.
  • Make sure to shut the door, switch off the lights, unplug the irons, when finished working in the studio and help us keep the studio tidy.
  • All common areas are to be kept clean, organized, and tidy for your fellow artists. This includes the rooms, and the studios. Everyone is involved in this act
  • At the end of the month each artist is responsible for cleaning his/her studio space. Please clean the table, sweep the floor and empty the shelves.
  • Return rocks, leaves, dried flowers and jars of seawater back to nature.
  • At the end of the month each artist is responsible for cleaning his/her studio space. Please clean the table, sweep the floor and empty the shelves.

Please do not:

  • Use turpentine or any other solvents with strong odors. Use lamp and linseed oil instead.
  • Leave behind any materials unless they are really useful for somebody else.
What are the dye studio guidelines?

Please do:

  • Make sure to shut the door, switch off the lights, unplug the hotplates, when finished working in the studio and help us keep the studio tidy.
  • Ventilate when needed.
  • Return rocks, leaves, dried flowers and jars of seawater back to nature.
  • Make sure that the table is cleared and dried.
  • All common areas are to be kept clean, organized, and tidy for your fellow artists. This includes the rooms, and the studios. Everyone is involved in this act
  • At the end of the month each artist is responsible for cleaning his/her studio space. Please clean the table, sweep the floor and empty the shelves.

Please do not:

  • Take something from the kitchen and bring to the dye studio and vice versa.
  • Leave anything in the sink or on the table.
  • Leave anything behind that is unlabelled or undated.


Does the residency have internet and telephone service?

Wi-Fi internet is free in the Textile Center. While the Textile Center’s Wi-Fi is the largest plan available in Iceland, it is still limited. Please do not download large files such as music, movies, tv shows, etc. Even streaming movies and TV shows exhausts the monthly allotted internet bandwidth. Once exhausted, there is no more internet for the rest of the month, which is not fun for anyone at the Textile Center. Please use the internet conservatively!

Artists are welcome to use the office phone for calls within Iceland, during office hours.

When dialing in Iceland, there is no area code (do not enter +354).
To find a listed phone number you can check the directory website

What do I do in case of emergency or if I need medical or pharmacy assistance?

Dial 112. In the case of emergency, please notify Jóhanna (+ 354 898 4290 / +354 894 9030).

In Blönduós: If you need a doctor in a hurry, there is a hospital in Blönduós with a doctor’s surgery. It is the big white building with a red roof on the left after the bridge. Enter from the car park around the back (not the side of the main road). Location: Flúðabakka 2 | 540 Blönduós

You can call ahead to make an appointment: 455 4100
Or send an e-mail to Website:

If it is more serious, we will organize a car to drive you. If the doctor at Blönduós has recommended it, you can receive more comprehensive assistance at the Akureyri hospital, we will organize a car.

For the dentist, you can take a bus to Sauðárkrókur, where there are excellent practitioners who speak fluent English. One is Eyjolfur Sigurðursson, Ártorgi 1 (above the department store/supermarket near N1), Sauðárkrókur
Phone: 453-6282

What can I find in Blönduós?

The town is a small, rural village on the edge of the sea in the north-western coast line of Iceland. It is a remote place without city conveniences, so please be prepared in mind and when it comes to materials. The town has a population of approx. 1.000 people, which includes provinces and surroundings.

In Blönduós you find a grocery store, two gas stations, library, restaurant, bar, hospital with pharmacy, medical center, kindergarten, grade school, sports hall with a gym, pool with two hot pots and a steam room, occasional dance or sport classes, a hairdresser, a bank, post office, mechanics, electricians, mayor’s office, police station, a church and many farms. The Textile Museum is located next door to the residency,

What are the seasons like in Blönduós?

Spring is a transitional season, so we experience the flux between winter and summer, bringing snow, an occasional storm, often strong winds, clear skies, sometimes the Northern Lights early in the season, the melt of snow of the mountains causing waterfalls and rivers to thrive, the landscape emerges from slumber, and reveals itself once more from under the white blanket of winter snows of passing.

Summer (June, July, August)

Complete accessibility! The landscape reveals itself and invites you to have picnics and barbeques, you can bring summer dresses (with tights, jacket, and scarf). The wind lulls and grows calm, there is no snow, the sun brings warmth, and the sky becomes bright 24 hours a day. The midnight sun means long days and hikes at 10pm. The sun does not set, it simply dips the horizon with the longest day on June 21. The weather can change fast though and it is recommended to bring warm woolens and weatherproof jackets for the milder summers with days with Arctic winds.

Autumn (September, October, November)

The transitional season of autumn means a manageable weather forecast, wind fluctuates between still and strong, and the season pulls together the remains of summer’s magnificent sunsets with the introduction of light dustings of occasional snows and frosts. November brings heavier winter weather and a dramatic shift compared to the other months of autumn. In some years we have northern lights as early as August and September. The Réttir horse and sheep round up is at the end of August/beginning of September. The weather shifts can bring occasional rains, or warm days reminiscent of summer, with cold snaps soon after.

Winter (December, January, February)

Experiencing sunrises blending into sunsets, the short days bring a very particular and beautiful light. Skies, clouds, and seas illuminated by a unique Nordic light. Often the roads are covered in ice and the snowplow will clear the roads. We encourage artists to embrace the winter and treat it as an adventure. If you are prone to depression, or if you need light to wake up, it may be advisable to bring a dawn simulating lamp. In winter the sun rises and sets at different times every day, in December the shortest day is December 21st, with about 2 hours daylight, and a glow of dusk and dawn that extends beyond that. The increments between sunrise and sunset each day increases dramatically, by March we are back to almost 12 hours night and 12 hours light. It is really the most beautiful daylight, a very condensed version of beauty and light. The residency becomes very homey with a close knit group of adventurous and realist artists who are less phased by winter weather and inspired by it ́s dramatic temperament.

Spring: (March, April, May)

The spring brings a lot of bird life and activity in the landscape, each year can bring a very different environment; warm, or cold, rainy or clear. The snow is still present and gradually melts closer to summer. The river runs with clear melting glacial water, and the landscape emerges before your eyes from it ́s blanket of snow. The migratory birds will begin appearing for nesting come May/June. The northern lights will often still appear, and the landscape calms down with the winter storms subsiding. Days grow longer each day, and the seas outside our studio window can be rough one day and calm the next. It will be windy a lot. Weather is in a transitional phase and fog, rain, or warm clear days can appear. Be prepared to see Iceland in almost every state of being.

Does Blönduós have any local events?

January/February: “Þorrablót” (February-blood) – an old Viking tradition to celebrate the Viking gods and the month of Þorri. We no longer make animal sacrifices to the gods but the feast includes traditional Icelandic food like dried fish, fermented shark, sheep-heads, haggis, pickled rams testicles and other strange food. This is washed down with Brennivín aka Black Death.

April: The third Thursday of the month we celebrate the first day of summer “sumardagurinn fyrsti.” This is often held in a last snow storm, just to remind us that winter will be here again soon.

May: 1st is a public holiday, International Labour Day, and celebrated in the local community.

June: The last Saturday of May or first Saturday of June is the “Fisherman’s Day” in Iceland. In Skagaströnd it is a major event with festivities and competitions such as rowing and tug-of-war. In the second weekend of June, the annual Knitting Festival takes place in Blönduós. The Icelandic Textile Center is the host. Our Independence Day is June 17th with festivities, a parade in Blönduós and some other activities. The summer solstice is on June 21st., the longest day of the year, the sun skims the horizon.

May through July: Blönduós is very close to the polar circle where the midnight sun never sets. The months of May through July are therefore very bright with only part dusk/dawn in the middle of the night. The sun in fact circles the sky, touching on north, south, east, and west. Húnavaka, a three day long city festival, takes place the third weekend in July. There are lots of free events and live music in the evening.

August: Skagaströnd, our neighboring town holds a town festival.

September: The sheep and horse roundup is something not to be missed. This gathering of farmers, locals and tourists all trying to control a bunch of wild sheep and horses that are now brought back from the mountains is a true event. There are often country balls after the round up. If you want, you can try the sheep round up, running up and down hills to steer them down hill together with locals. Dates vary year to year depending on the weather, it is usually the first weekend of September, but it can also be held early in August, depending.

November through January: Because of the latitude of Blönduós the sun plays a part with only about 3-5 hours of daylight and the sun barely above the horizon, rising and setting in the south (south east to south west). This makes very long and beautiful sunsets. The coldest time of the year is December through February but not as cold as you think. The gulf stream and our coastal location ensures the constant freezing then thawing as temperatures rise above and below 0°C. If you want to experience snow, ice, darkness, breathtaking skies, and changing weather conditions this is the time of year to visit.

What forms of payment are accepted in Iceland?

Credit cards and debit cards are widely accepted in all bars, hotels, shops, stores, gas stations and most places you need to spend money in Iceland. Taxi cabs accept credit or debit cards. Buses accept credit cards on occasion, but it is better to use cash for buses, as not all of them will be equipped to take card. The airport shuttle accepts cards at the ticket booth.

There is a money exchange at the airport, however if you arrive/depart late at night or early morning it may be closed. You will be able to use your credit/debit card for the airport shuttle and in duty free. This should get you through to Reykjavik, where there are banks on the main street ‘Laugarvegur’.

There is a bank in Blönduós, near the super market. The ATM is available 24 hours a day. You can exchange your money at any bank in Iceland.

How are the living expenses in Blönduós?

Living expenses are to be covered by the artists. The Textile Center provides housing and studios.
The artist is responsible for all food, perishables or consumables, shampoo, and personal toiletries, etc. Of course, each person’s living costs will differ according to his/her needs. Most will find that the cost of living in Iceland is higher than in their home countries.

The supermarket Kjörbúðin is situated a few minutes’ walk from the Residency. It has a fair amount of everyday goods, fresh vegetables, fish, meat and bread and a lot of yarn. There is also a store that sells fresh fish and a butcher. Please see a map that hangs on the fridge in the kitchen. If you’re able to, we recommend stocking up on as many groceries from Bonus grocery stories (located in Reykjavik and Akureyri) as possible. Prices at Kjörbúðin can be double or triple what you might find at Bónus supermarkets.

There is a handful of restaurants here, and they are not inexpensive. However, you can get a relatively inexpensive (fast food: hot dogs, ice cream cones, etc.) meal at the local hangout and gas station, the N1.

Do you have some tips for keeping the peace in the communal kitchen?

4 tips for happy communal kitchens

  1. Feel free to take out the trash when the bag is full. Toss the bag into the black trash bins when you exit the building downstairs (around the corner to the left). New trash bags can be found under the sink.
  2. Do not block the sink, stovetop or work surfaces with dirty dishes for extended periods of time.
  3. Feel free to dry some dishes to free up space on the drying rack. Come on, you know that some of them are yours!
  4. Do not store recycling items in the kitchen for extended periods of time.
How and where can I recycle glass, plastic, paper and metal?
  • Glass jars and other non-drink glass items go into the trash (unfortunately).
  • All paper recycling items (including milk cartons and other Tetra Paks) go directly into the blue bins outside the front door (around the corner to the left).
  • All drink bottles (including plastic & beer bottles) go into the plastic bin under the sink. Please rinse the bottles before dropping them into the box.
  • All other items (including plastic packaging and metal) can be recycled, but you are on your own in terms of collecting the items and taking them to the recycling center (near the ISTEX wool washery).


Can I have an exhibition at the Textile Center?

The Textile Center primarily considers the research, development, and process based residency most important. This emphasizes our primary goal – to provide space for artistic processes. It is through this out of context placement of your work that creates new perspectives, developments, while key strategies in your work may be formed, revisited, or completely turned upside down.

The Textile Center does not curate or facilitate exhibitions. The artist is very welcome to initiate their own exhibitions in the area with the Textile Center as a local base, and we can assist in finding spaces or helping you to present your work in the town of Blönduós.

At the end of each month we host an open studio, or if the artists would like they can organize an exhibition in our makeshift “Bílskúr Gallerí” across the street which has white walls and is often used as the dying studio.

The artists are at all times responsible for presenting their own work: installing it, packing it down, and returning the space back to normal. The Textile Center simply does not have the staff to operate an on-site gallery or install team. All work should be taken home with the artist, as we are not an acquisitive institution.

Where can I buy art/textile materials?

As mentioned, Blönduós is a remote and rural place. This means we receive most supplies from other towns: Sauðárkrókur, Reykjavik or Akureyri. You can order most things online and if it is being sent from within Iceland, postage is usually within 1 business day.

There is no store in Blönduós that specializes in art supplies. You can buy yarn and basic art supplies at the supermarket and yarn in Húnabúð (gift shop). We recommend that you bring all the materials you need for your artwork.

If you want to buy artist materials in Reykjavík there is a good art supply store in the middle of Skólavörðustígur called Litir and Föndur.

Here are some specific places in Reykjavik to acquire textile supplies:

Storkurinn – for yarn etc.
 (Laugavegur 59, Reykjavik.
 A great boutique on the main street downtown. Above the supermarket called Bónus.)

The Handknitting Association
 of Iceland – sells a lot of lopapeysa, handmade knitwear and lopi wool. (Skólavörðustígur 19, Reykjavik. Corner of Klappastigur)

These places are within walking distance of each other. I would also check out the supermarket, Bónus, for things.
You could check the larger suppliers directly online in case they mail online orders.

Can I get a grant for my work at the residency?

The Textile Center is not a funding or granting body. Unfortunately there isn’t much funding for the arts in this region. We suggest looking towards your own country for organizations that have an exchange with Scandinavia or Iceland. For example, Americans can apply for funding through the Fulbright Program and/or through the American-Scandinavian Foundation.

We also recommend Kickstarter, where you can campaign to raise money for your residency.

Who covers insurance at the residency?

The Textile Center does not administer insurance to artists.

The Textile Center does not assume any legal responsibility for the artist, their work, their guests, or their travels, or any other activities while attending Textile Center Residency.

The Textile Center does not insure artists or their artworks.

All claims made by the artist must relate to their private insurance, travel insurance, or workplace insurance (or any other applicable insurances). Artists are highly encouraged by The Textile Center to sort these matters out before arriving to the residency.

How can I send supplies or mail to the Textile Center?

You can mail things to the residency before you get here and receive personal mail. Please let us know if you are shipping things to us.

On packages mailed ahead of time just put your name and arrival date on the packet i.e.
*Insert Your Name Here*
c/o Kvennaskólinn og Textísetur Residency Árbraut 31,
540 Blönduós, 

For custom benefits, it is important to write:
“Personal belongings, no commercial value – may be opened by customs.”

If someone sends you items, be sure they tick “gift” or clearly declare they are sending items with no commercial value – personal belongings.

New items sent are subject to a tax you must pay before collection. This import tax is very high. If you are ordering items from Amazon or other online retailers you will be charged according to their attached invoice. This tax can sometimes be as high as 60%. We recommend you bring what you need, and order things online from places located within Iceland, locally purchased items from within Iceland are not subject to this import tax, and if you spend a large amount on an item you will get the tax back at the airport.

If sending art materials that you will need at Textile Center, it is recommended you check with your postal service in your own country to be advised about transit times. Then add another week or two, just in case.

Delivery times:

If ordering things while here from Ebay, Amazon, or other international online retailer’s delivery times can vary between 1 week to 4 weeks depending on human error in the international postal services, often packages get run around all over Europe passing between a lot of European countries as they try to reroute or send it over to us here. Amazon are usually very good with their postal estimates. Most items arrive within 2 weeks. Once it reaches Iceland it should only be 1-2 days from Reykjavik.

Especially if sending with DHL or UPS make sure you correctly mark your items as used or personal items (not new) with a $/€0 value, as they are often prone to customs delays due to confusion over import taxes. This can sometimes cause hold ups in Reykjavik for weeks.

How can I send artwork home from the Textile Center?

The Textile Center does not acquire artworks, nor can we store them. You can arrange to send your artwork home from the local post office in Blönduós. The post office does not have any cylindrical tubes to send rolled up canvass or papers. If your work is too large and cannot be sent home, you must either return the raw materials from whence they came.


Does the residency organize sightseeing trips?

The Textile Center does not organize or facilitate sightseeing. Still there are many places close by that you may enjoy seeing, in this case we recommend renting a car with other resident artists, or catching a bus to destinations (like Sauðárkrókur or Akureyri) where you can connect with some tour operators.

How can I hire a car?

The interior of Iceland and some dangerous routes are closed for car travel from September and during winter due to poor road conditions (mostly they are impassable dirt roads covered in snow and ice in winter). All cars must, by law, have winter tires during winter months and icy conditions.

There is no car rental office in Blönduós. AVIS is the only car company that delivers cars to Blönduós. Call Avis – Baldur: 825 3910 or talk to Textilsetur staff or our intern to book this for you for a special Textilsetur discount.

To check the road conditions, go to the website

To check weather go to


What will be required at the end of my residency?

The studios – please make sure you sweep the floor of your studio before you go, and clear all belongings from the space, and wipe down all surfaces. Furniture can stay, as the next artist will use it.

If you have reusable art materials you aren’t going to take with you, find a suitable place in the communal supply shelves to leave them. It should be kept tidy for future artists to navigate.

Your work – take your work with you. If you physically cannot take what you’ve made, we ask you to do one of two things.

1) Return the work from whence it came (for recycled materials for others to use, back to the scrap yard, or back to the earth for decomposing if it’s natural)
2) Give it back to the community. If you have made connections with people here, you may like to donate the work to someone in the town.

Please do not leave it at the Textile Center there isn’t storage space to hold onto works in progress or objects that are worked on here.

Your room – Make sure your room is cleaned out and you have washed and dried your bed sheets and towels on the morning you leave – please plan so that it will be dry by the time you depart.

The fridge – please clean out the fridge, take away your food and return dishes to the correct place … no one likes to arrive to a residency to find surprises in the fridge! This is a team effort, so make sure everyone works together to help keep the house tidy upon departure.
Please don’t assume the last person to leave will deal with everything.

How do I leave Blönduós?

All good things must end. Here’s the run down:
 You will most likely be familiar with the buses after your time here.

Ensure you have an idea of your travel arrangements once you arrive to Mjódd bus station in Reykjavik, as the ticket booth may be closed. Call ahead to Strætó (540 2700) to find out which bus you need, or you may need to call for a taxi to your overnight accommodation, BSÍ /airport buses.

Please be aware of traveling time from Blönduós, If you have a flight in the afternoon, you have to leave Blönduós, the day before if you´re planning to go with the bus.

Airport buses leave from BSÍ bus station to the Keflavik airport.

Bon voyage and think of us!


What are the opening hours for Kvennaskólinn?

The association Vinir Kvennaskólans (founded by former students and teachers of Kvennaskólinn) has established this as an exhibition related to Kvennaskólinn history, which is open 1pm – 5pm, Monday to Friday in the summer only (June 1 – August 31).

The artist residency in the Kvennaskólinn building is private and where artists are living and working on their projects, however the studios may attract some interest from visitors to the museum.

We also have the Vatnsdæla tapestry project housed at Kvennaskólinn, where visitors may contribute with embroidery-work on the tapestry (and pay by the hour), with a teacher present. It may be advised to email ahead of time to embroider on the tapestry. There is also a wonderful Textile Museum located next door to the Textilsetur.

What should I bring?

Artists should bring all materials required for their residency projects. While we do have looms and studio space for dyeing and felting projects, we do not provide wool, yarn, dyes, etc.

However, we do have communal shelving in the studio where the community and previous residents have donated some items such as, but not limited to: fabric, paint, wood, wire, yarn, thread, sewing needles, etc. These communal supplies vary from month to month.

Supplies may also be bought online or over the phone from stores in Reykjavik who may post items to you.

Can I learn how to weave / knit / felt / dye at Textilsetur?

No, this residency is only for artists who know how to carry out the textile/fiber art projects they intend to work on during their time at Textilsetur. There are no classes or tutors available to teach any of these arts. You must come with a working knowledge to not only carry out your project independently, but to also troubleshoot on your own should any issues arise. There is no expert or technician on-site.

Do I need to get an Icelandic SIM card?

If your mobile phone is unlocked from your home network and able to work with a different SIM card you may like to have a contact number for local convenience. It is not required or necessary, but recommended–especially if you plan on trying to travel anywhere via ride share. Of course, it is also useful in the event of an emergency.

However, the Textilsetur has a landline available for residents to make Icelandic calls only. The phone is located in the Director’s office on the first floor of the residency building.

If you would like to get a SIM card, we recommend doing so at the airport opposite baggage claim at the duty free store, ask for a ´Net Frelsi´ (2000 ISK pre pay SIM). Or in Reykjavik visit Nova, Vodafone, or Simminn, whom are all carriers with prepaid/pay-as-you-go plans.