Explore Hrísey

Old School Art House

A sustainable and non profitable residency

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OUR VISION

Sustainable and non profitable residency

The Old School is a charming residency on peaceful island named Hrísey by the north coast of Iceland, in a short distance from the arctic circle. The island is surrounded with a breathtaking view of the mountains on the coast of Eyjafjörður and the atmosphere will put you back in time of peace and wonderful nature. Perfect inspiration for artists. The Old School has been decorated (facilitated) with four bedrooms and working area so individuals or groups can work their art.

The location of the residency is centered in the small beautiful village, with a good view over the area, on the south part of the island, ca. 10 min. walk from the harbour. Population in the island is only about 100 persons, friendly and helpful people. In the house is everything you need for pleasant stay: nice bedrooms, good working area, internet connection, sitting room combined with kitchen, shower, washing machine, etc.

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Main objectives

The main objective of the residency is to provide an opportunity for international exchange, where professional artists in all media including writers and performing artists are given the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and possibly cooperate in a peaceful environment.

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ABOUT THE ISLAND

The island is 7,0 kmand 7,5 km long. The only way to get there is by the ferry Sævar from Árskógssandur. It’s scheduled very often all days and takes ca. 15 min. There is a bus from Akureyri to the crossroads to Árskógssandur (ca. 30 min. drive). Service in the village of Hrísey: restaurant, grocery store, post office and swimming pool with natural hot spring water which we strongly recommend. 

Easy access to beautiful nature, bird watching and walking trails around the island.