When is the best time of year to come to NES?

This question is often asked, and many people assume that the best time of year is the summer as it is light all of the time. People also assume that the winter is not a good time to come because it is cold and dark all of the time. Fortunately, in the winter, this is not true! While it can be cold in the winter, the average daily temperature is actually very similar to that than New York City. Furthermore, due to the angle of the earth relative to the sun, sunset and sunrise actually take a very long time, often more than two hours. These long periods of time produce deep colors in the sky and the landscape that you do not see in the lower latitudes.

Summer is exceptional and the 24 hour daylight means 24 hour accessibility to landscape and environment. The long days mean energy levels are high and many people are in motion, traveling, hiking, swimming, and holidaying. This time of year means Icelanders are often with family friends, on vacation, or traveling.
In summer you will need to black out your room with dark fabric if you cannot sleep with light.

The transitional seasons of Spring and Autumn mean that artists see the landscape morph before their eyes with spectacular drama.Sometimes experiencing incredible beauty, or incredible harshness, as summer and winter battle it out. This is a good time to discover both worlds of Iceland, as the suns retreat or emergence is often at very noticable intervals each sunset or sunrise.

Skagaströnd holds many events, there is a local choir, often performances in the church with Icelandic companies or arts organisations/musicians, an annual Þorrablót Viking Feast in February. There is the Fishermans’ Day Festival in June. Christmas celebrations and dancing around the town tree in December. The Kántrýbær (local bar and restaurant) is open most weekends in winter, and everyday in summer. For a small town, it seems that if you scratch a little below the surface you can discover a micro-casm of activity.

Importantly, for arts reasons; you may like to visit festivals or events if you want to experience some trips to Reykjavik or surrounding areas during your time here. Some festivals to research might be: The Reykjavik Dance Festival, Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik International Film Festival, Reykjavik Arts Festival, Skagaströnd Kántrýdagur Festival, Dalvik Fish Festival, Sequences Biennial, Design March, Reykjavik Literature Festival. Plus Nes Artist Residency presents arts events and festivals annually.
Buses run from Skagaströnd 2 times every day if you want to visit the city for events, while remaining in Skagaströnd to create strong studio focus or concentrated time on your practice.

We think anytime is a unique opportunity to experience something different in Iceland. The environment and arts is ever changing with events and culture happening both locally and in Reykjavik.

We prefer winter ourselves, we step out our front doors to see the northern lights. The best time of year to see the aurora borealis is between September/October and March, believe it or not by April there is too much light in the night sky! Here is a picture to wet your artistic appetites of the auroras shinning over our Spákonufell mountain above Skagaströnd.

Guest blog: Hiking Spákonufell

Guest Blogger: Hideki Arichi, September Artist in Residence

Last Wednesday 14th September, the weather was really fine and fearing that it may be the last of the fine weather I went up the mountain with Joseph. We got a lift to the local golf club which faces the North Route up the mountain. The technical data in the leaflet is as follows:

Distance: 3.3km to the top

Duration: 2 hours to the top

Landscape: Steep but fairly easy

Elevation: 570m

Highest Point: 639m

So off we set without the leaflet with the map in it…after a wrong turn at the base and 2o minutes wandering and muttering on the flat we found the start of the route and passed a water tank…

A rather odd sight…we carried on although it was evident who was the old man out of the two us as I found myself watching Joseph open up a sizable gap on me yet he was still in sight.

He’d rest and wait so by the time I’d catch up, he’d had a good 10 minute rest!

It did start to get steeper at some points and there was still a little bit of snow up there from the previous 5 days. This is Joseph just before he started jumping up and down in the snow which apparently gave him an incredible sense of pleasure.

On we went at some points in the shade the ground was still a little frozen or a little slippery.

Getting closer to the top now…

The top is called Borgarhausinn its a huge mossy plain much larger than you imagine from just seeing the side from down below. Its a curious texture when you walk on it, yielding under your weight but springing back into place when you lift your foot.

We found the chest! Well alright not THE treasure chest but one with a guestbook where we both signed our names. I have numerous pictures from up at the top but somehow they don’t seem as good as being up there nor do they quite capture that sense of accomplishment that comes with walking up to the top.

To continue reading this post (and see more pictures) please see Hideki’s blog.

Verkefnisstjóri Nes listamiðstöðvar á Skagaströnd – starf laust til umsóknar

Nes listamiðstöð ehf. auglýsir 50% starf verkefnisstjóra fyrir listamiðstöðina laust til umsóknar.  Verkefnisstjóri annast daglegan rekstur listamiðstöðvarinnar, s.s. markaðs- og kynningarstarf, samskipti við listamenn og umsýslu með vinnustofum, gistirými, viðburðum og öðrum umsvifum.  Verkefnisstjóri starfar jafnframt með stjórn félagsins að stefnumörkun til áframhaldandi uppbyggingar listamiðstöðvarinnar.

Starfsstöð hans er á Skagaströnd.


  • Háskólamenntun á sviði lista og / eða menningar æskileg eða menntun sem nýtist til starfsins.
  • Góð enskukunnátta
  • Reynsla af verkefnum á sviði lista- og menningar.
  • Framúrskarandi hæfni í mannlegum samskiptum.
  • Sjálfstæð og skipuleg vinnubrögð.
  • Frumkvæði, áhugi og drifkraftur.

Umsóknarfrestur er til og með 10. október nk. og gildir póststimpill/tölvupóstsending þann dag.  Umsóknir með greinargóðum upplýsingum um menntun, starfsreynslu og umsagnaraðila, berist Nes listamiðstöð ehf., Túnbraut 1 – 3, 545 Skagaströnd eða sendist á eftirfarandi netfang: halldor@biopol.is

Nes listamiðstöð ehf. var stofnuð árið 2008 og þar hafa að jafnaði dvalist um 100 listamenn árlega..


Nánari upplýsingar veitir Halldór G. Ólafsson, sími 452 2977, netfang: halldor@biopol.is

September artist

Name Nationality Website
Annika Bastacky American http://annikabastacky.wordpress.com/
Ben Borden American http://myspace.com/solaryear
Dario Lazzaretto Italian www.dariolazzaretto.it
David Ertel American http://myspace.com/solaryear
Hideki Arichi British http://hidekiarichi.weebly.com/
Ingeun Kim South Korean www.ingeunkim.com
Joseph Breikers Australian www.breikersacres.roxer.com
Lily Angotty American
Matthew G Shelley American www.matthewgshelley.com
Mia Hochrein German www.miahochrein.de

August artists in residence

This month we have 13 artists staying at Nes. They come from 5 continents and 10 countries.


Name Country Website
Joseph Breikers Australia www.breikersacres.roxer.com
Minkyong kim Korea
Ingeun Kim Korea www.ingeunkim.com
Valerie Palmer USA http://valerielpalmer.wordpress.com/
Markus Blaha Austria www.horstmaria.at
Robert Gabris Slovakia www.horstmaria.at
christiane peschek Austria www.horstmaria.at
Ronny Faber Dahl Norway www.ronnyfaberdahl.com
Simona Barbera Italy www.simonabarbera.com
Hideki Arichi England http://hidekiarichi.weebly.com/
Rogerio Soares Brazil
Hiroko Shitate Japan http://hiroko-shitate.sakura.ne.jp/hp/
Miro Zahra Germany http://www.miro-zahra.de/

The Displacement Workshop at Nes / Thursday 28th / 5-10 PM

The “artistic” collage technique appeared in the beginning of the 1900s, and got spread as a revolutionary tool both in art and political propaganda. From dadaism to punk, collage has been associated with conflicting systems of beliefs. More recently, collage has become synonym with post-modernism, as a pluralist and associative language that suits the continuous hybridization of contemporary culture. “Cutting”, “copying” and “pasting” from multi-layered interfaces is part of our daily life, and a condition to perception in general.

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Námskeið í klippimyndagerð / fimmtudaginn 28.júlí / frá klukkan 17 til 22

Listræn notkun á klippimyndum kom fram í byrjun tuttugustu aldar og dreifðist sem byltingarkennd tækni bæði í list og pólitískum áróðri. Frá dadaisma til pönks hafa klippimyndir verið tengdar stefnum sem takast á. Núna eru klippimyndir orðnar táknmynd fyrir post modernisma sem fjölhyggjustefna sem hentar blöndun í nýtíma menningu. “Klippa”, “afrita” og “líma” úr fjöllaga notendaviðmóti er hluti af okkar daglega lífi.

Á þessu námskeiði munum við skoða og æfa klippimyndagerð.
Þáttakendur eru hvattir til að koma með þau áhöld og efni sem þeir vilja nota við klippimyndagerðina, t.d. : skæri, pappírslím, dagblöð og tímarit til að klippa úr, pappír og karton.

Leiðbeinandi er Antonio Sobral frá Brasilíu

Námskeiðið fer fram í húsnæði Ness listamiðstöðvar að Fjörubraut 8, Skagaströnd.

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Skagaströnd, Iceland