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The Textile Center residency 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 Reykjavík? 

Arriving at Keflavik Airport (Reykjavik) by plane: Distance to Blönduós is 300 km. Many airlines fly to Keflavik. The Icelandic airline is called Icelandair. 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 online, on the plane or 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 BSÍ / Mjódd bus station (Reykjavík) to Blönduós. You can find bus times, fares, and other information on their website. You can pay for your fare online, via the Stræto app, or once you board the bus (cash). Their booking phone number: (+354) 540 2700. There's also a live chat option on their website called "service desk", which we can recommend. 

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. There are plenty of guesthouses and hotels to chose from. Former artists in residence have recommended 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? 

During the month prior to your residency, you will receive an email where we introduce artists due to arrive that month and ask about your arrival times. If you haven’t received anything by the 20th of a given month, please contact the office 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, let us know by e-mail. 

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

The Textile Center Residency main housing is inside Kvennaskólinn, the former women’s college in Blönduós. Kvennaskólinn is a heritage building and over 100 years old, which is rare in Iceland. Please be mindful of this historic house and its quirks. 

The residency housing is located on the second floor of the building. There is no elevator. On the residency floor, you have your own private bedroom, shared kitchen, shared bathroom, and living room. The second floor is also where the main studio is located. Rooms are for one artist alone. If you have children and / or a spouse who need to be with you, please discuss this with us. Extra fees apply and family accommodation in a different location in town can possibly be arranged.  If you booked a TC2 residency, you'll stay in a room in the three-bedroom house next door to Kvennaskólinn, where the loom is located.

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). Linens are supplied; artists must launder their linen upon departure. Sheets and towels must always be washed separately from other clothes and at a minimum of 60 degrees (Celcius). 

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!

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

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. In Blönduós we have an impressive swimming pool and sports facilities.

Do I need to bring bed linens and towels?  

No. Unless you want to, of course. 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 (not for textile work, though, e.g. felting). 

What is the intern’s role? 

Sometimes 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 out other artists. 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 there might be information send to you regarding upcoming trips, etc. 

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. If there is an emergency, you can always contact the Textile Center staff. Phone numbers are listed on a message board on the first floor.

If you are interested in an internship and have been here as an artist in residence before, let us know!


How is the residency structured? 

Our residency is a non-profit organization that provides artists with 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 month applied for. Arrivals should be made on weekdays before 4 pm so we can welcome you. If you need to arrive or leave on a weekend, please let us know in advance. (From September - May, there may be delays or cancellations of busses / closed roads due to winter weather. Please have this is mind when planning your arrival / departure.) 

The residency is structured to enable artists to work with focus and no limits in time. There is 24/7 hour access to the main and dye studios, 7 days a week, so any schedule of working can be accommodated. Each artist in residence has their own house and room key.  

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.

Will I get an introduction to the residency and other artists? 

In the beginning of each month, we always invite artists in residence for an artist talk. There you have the opportunity to present who you are and what you work with. During the artist talk, we will also tell you about events that might be happening during a given month and schedule group visits to the Wool Washery in Blönduós and the Textile Museum next door.



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 well as the sitting room on the first floor 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 for safety reasons. Please also keep in mind that: 

  • 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 keybox with an emergency key at the main entrance. 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.
  • 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.
  • If you are travelling with a family, please note that you can not bring young children into the studios. This includes all studios in the Textile Center. 

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 artefacts and need to be treated accordingly. Please contact us if you have any specific questions. We do not employ a weaving teacher or technician, so you need to be able to help yourself if you are encountering any problems once you are here. 

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:

  • 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.

What are the dye 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.

 Can I learn textile techniques at the residency or participate in workshops? 

Yes and no. We do sometimes offer classes or skill-share workshops, but not regularly. Artists may chose to teach each other during their stay here, but you can't ever expect it. Our weaving expert Ragnheiður comes in about twice a month to check on the loom studio and TC2 digital loom. However, she is working on a long-term research project at the moment and will not be able to help you with your own weaving project or setting up the looms. You can sign up for an embroidery session with Jóhanna Pálmadóttir on the Vatnsdæla Tapestry. This would be a one time private or group session; then you would be able to continue on your own, if you like.  



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 also notify Textile Center staff. Phone numbers are displayed on a message board on the first floor. 

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 the doctor at Blönduós has recommended it, you can receive more comprehensive assistance at the Akureyri hospital. We may be able to organize a car.

For the dentist, you can take a bus to Sauðárkrókur or Akureyri, where there are excellent practitioners who speak fluent English. Check the phone directory for more info. 

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. 940 people.

In Blönduós, you'll find grocery store "Kjörbúðinn", flower / gift store / café "Húnabúð", two gas stations, a public library (open 14-18 Monday - Thursday), several restaurants / bar, café "Ömmukaffi" (they also do lunch and Ethiopian takeout!), a medical center and pharmacy, schools (kindergarten & elementary school), sports hall with a gym, excellent pool with two hot pots and a steam room, occasional dance or sport classes. There's a hairdresser, bank, post office, mayor’s office, police station, church, several smaller companies, businesses and many farms nearby. The Textile Museum is located next door to the residency. In the old part of town, there are several guesthouses / a small hotel, a pub / restaurant, tourist information and handcrafts store "Hitt og Þetta Handverk". 

What are the seasons like in Blönduós? 

Summer (June, July, August)

Complete accessibility! The landscape reveals itself and invites you to have picnics and barbecues. 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. It never gets very hot in Iceland, but there are warm and sunny days. The weather can change fast, though, and it is recommended to bring warm woolens and rain jackets and prepare for cold and windy weather all year round. 

Autumn (September, October, November)

The transitional season of autumn means a manageable weather forecast. The weather shifts can bring occasional rains, or warm days reminiscent of summer, with cold snaps and snow soon after. Some years we have northern lights as early as August and September. "Réttir" horse and sheep round ups are held at the beginning of September/October all around the country. It is also blueberry season in Iceland!

Winter (December, January, February)

The short days bring a very particular and beautiful 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. The residency becomes very homey with a close knit group of artists who are less fazed by winter weather and inspired by its dramatic temperament. The increments between sunrise and sunset each day increases dramatically. By March, we are back to almost 12 hours night and 12 hours light. 

Spring: (March, April, May)

The spring brings a lot of bird life and activity in the landscape. The snow is still present but gradually melts closer to summer. The river runs with clear melting glacial water, and the landscape emerges before your eyes from its 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, celebrated with a cake buffet 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. Iceland's 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: The first weekend in August, "Verslunamannahelgi" is a bank holiday, with town festivals and all sorts of events taking place all around the country - in August in general, until school starts again at the end of the month. 

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 and a variety of online / app payment methods (e.g. Apple Pay) 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 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?

Artists buy their own food, perishables or consumables, personal toiletries, etc. The Textile Center provides housing and studios and some bathroom / kitchen essentials, such as soap, toilet paper, laundry and dishwasher detergent. Soap and dishwasher detergent for textile work (e.g. felting) are not provided. 

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. If you’re able to, we recommend stocking up on as many groceries from the larger (Bonus, Kronan...) grocery stories located in Reykjavik and Akureyri. Prices at Kjörbúðin can be double of what you might find at those supermarkets.

There is a few restaurants here, but you may find them expensive. This also depends on currency exchange rates, of course. You can get (relatively) inexpensive fast food such as hot dogs and pizza at local hangout and gas station N1. On weekdays, "Ömmukaffi" café serves a very good and affordable lunch. 

 How and where can I recycle glass, plastic, paper and metal?

  • Glass jars and other non-drink glass items go into the trash or can be taken to the recycling center next to ISTEX wool washery on Efstabraut 2. The area is open on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday afternoon. 
  • 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 in the spare room opposite the bathroom. 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. 



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. You are very welcome to initiate your own exhibition 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. If artists like, they can organize an open house or an exhibition in our makeshift “Bílskúr Gallerí” at the end of the month. 

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 2 business days.

There is no store in Blönduós that specializes in art supplies. You can buy a variety of yarn and basic art supplies at the supermarket and in local gift shops. We recommend that you bring all the materials you need for your artwork. If you want to buy artist materials, there are good art supply stores in Reykjavík. You could also 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. We advertise scholarships when they are available. 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. Larger packages will not be mailed to the Center directly; you will receive a notification letter when you can collect your package at the post office in Blönduós. (You will have to do this in person. Textile Center staff members can not do this for you.) 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, Textile Center Residency Árbraut 31,
540 Blönduós, 

For custom benefits, it is important to write: “Personal belongings, no commercial value – may be opened by customs" (if it applies).

If someone sends you personal items / gifts, be sure they tick “gift” or clearly declare they are sending items with no commercial value – personal belongings ($/€0 value).  If customs have doubts or further questions, they will send you an email asking for further explanation / documentation. You can submit / upload this information online, using a link provided in the email. Solving custom issues may take a few days or even weeks, so please make sure you label everything correctly. 

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.

Delivery times:

Check with the postal service in your own country to be advised about transit times. Please note that since 2018, Icelandic post offices charge for keeping packages longer than 10 days - in other words, after 10 days, a storage fee applies (approx. 200 kr. per day), so try avoiding sending materials too far in advance. 

If ordering things while here from Ebay, Amazon, or other international online retailers, delivery times can vary between 1 week to 4 weeks depending on human error in the international postal services. 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, unless there is a problem or hold up with customs (see above). Please note that a (small) storage fee applies at the local post office (Blönduós) after 10 days.

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 can always 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. We do arrange group visits for artists to textile / arts related destinations such as the Wool Washery in Blönduós, Atlantic Leather in Sauðárkrókur and the NES residency in Skagaströnd (appointment only, no transport.)  

Do I need a rental car / How can I hire a car?

Public transport (busses) will get you to most places in Iceland. With a rental car, you are more flexible, of course. There are plenty of car rental offices at the airport and all around the country. Unfortunately, there is no car rental office in Blönduós. If you are planning on renting a car locally to go on daytrips etc., talk to Textile Center staff for more information. Rental cars are quite expensive in Iceland, especially 4x4's, so we recommend you do a bit of research before booking and see what your needs are (read a helpful traveller's blog on the subject here.) 

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.

To check the road conditions, go to the website

To check weather go to

Whatever it says there, take it seriously. Never underestimate the weather or road conditions in Iceland!



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. Do NOT take your room key with you. Please give it back to us, preferably before you leave - there have been far too many keys crossing the oceans of this world on airplanes to find their way back to Blönduós. 

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. During the fall, winter and spring months ( October - May) it is absolutely necessary to check the weather forecast a few days in advance to see whether you will be able to travel at all on a chosen date. During a snowstorm, roads may be closed and busses cancelled. You might have to leave earlier than expected. 

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



What are the opening hours for Kvennaskólinn?

The association Vinir Kvennaskólans (founded by former students and teachers of Kvennaskólinn) has established an exhibition related to Kvennaskólinn history in the building, which may be open during the summer months, usually from 1pm – 5pm, Monday to Friday (June 1 – August 31). 

The artist residency in the Kvennaskólinn building is private, however, the studios may attract some interest from visitors to the exhibition and the Textile Museum located next door (this isn't saying we let them disturb you!) We will let you know in advance if we are expecting guests and show them around the house. 

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. Email ahead of time to book a session and embroider on the tapestry. 

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.

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.