Skagaströnd and the surrounding area


Skagaströnd “Peninsula-Beach” is the hometown of Nes artist residency.

It is a small village of 508 inhabitants in rural Iceland. The town is located in the Northwest of Iceland, about a four hour drive from Reykjavík.

The town, although small, has all the main services that a visitor might need including a bank,  restaurant, library, post office, gas station, gym, pharmacy, grocery store, with an addition of a café and swimming pool that’s open in the summer.

The community of Skagaströnd remains a huge asset to NES, as everyone is usually very interested in the work being created at the residency. Should you wish to do a performance at the church, for instance, or show your work at the café, it is completely possible.

For more information about living in Skagaströnd, please read our guidelines.

Activities and the area

The north west of Iceland is a varied and beautiful area. Here you will find sagas and inspiration, be it through the natural sights, the local hospitality, or the rich folklore and cultural attractions.

Listed here are some highlights, attractions and opportunities to locally explore the area:

The Exhibition Centre for Þórdís; prophetess and soothsayer of Skagaströnd. Local palm, tarot, and rune readers offer readings by appointment.  Skagaströnd has a rich cultural history of pagan and sourcery ritual and sagas.

Textile Center and Museum
Textile Artist Residency and Museum at the former Women’s School of the North West. A rich source of history and an insight into the textile traditions of a country built primarily on industry. Located in Blönduós.

Gútto House and Sólon Artists Collective
A goup of local artists based in our neighbouring town of Sauðárkrókur. Keep in touch with Nes to find out about exhibitions and events with Sólon.

Gestastofa Sútarans
Europe’s only fish leather tannery. Here you can organise a tour of the tannery and purchase skins and leathers (including reindeer etc) from the Visitors Centre. Located in Sauðárkrókur.

Icelandic Seal Centre
Exhibition centre with Information on seal watching, and the industry. Located in Hvammstangi and includes a Tourist Information Centre.
Seal Watching and Boat Trips

A hot spring closest to Sauðárkrókur, about 1 hour drive from Skagaströnd with the legend of Grettir to it’s name.

Drangey Island
A steep island off the coast, it is possible to climb in summer. Drangey is an island of cliffs that boats can only dock at with calm seas. Full of puffins!

For local horse riding expeditions, Galsi is based in the neighbouring town of Blönduós. They are very friendly people, and sometimes their dogs come along for the run!

River Rafting in nearby Varmahlið
For a closeby escape and thrill.

Skagaströnd, Iceland