Frequently Asked Questions

We get a lot of questions about many different things regarding our guest’s arrangements to come to Gullkistan. We are happy to assist, so please don’t be afraid to ask (

On this page we gather the most common questions. We hope they’ll be useful for you.

Where is Gullkistan?

Gullkistan is situated by Lake Laugarvatn in The Laugardalur valley, inland in South Iceland. In the valley there are a few farms and the village Laugarvatn. The village is surrounded by the faraway mountains with Hekla in the middle, the mysterious Laugarvatn lake, the ever changing steams from the ground, the cuddling mountain, the birch wood, the creeks and fissures. Laugarvatn has a special history as a school village and is knownd for its stillness.

Passport and Immigration?

A stay in Iceland up to three months does not generally require a visa. See a full list of citizens exempt from a visa on All other citizens need a visa to enter Iceland, see the list of embassies in your country that issue visas to Iceland on


For grants we recommend that you pursue any possibilities in your home country such as Arts counsils or government funds. The only grants we know about are the following:

See also

Shipping and mailing?

Gullkistan miðstöð sköpunar ehf
Dalbraut 1,
840 Laugarvatn

You can mail things to the residency before you get there and receive personal mail. On packages mailed ahead of time just put your name and arrival date on the packet and our address.

For custom benefits just write “personal belongings, no commercial value – may be opened by customs.”

If you do send something please let us know so we can watch out for it.

How to get there?

Ways of getting to Laugarvatn can depend on the time of year. We recommend our guests to search online and to feel free to ask us for help. Gullkistan has a special deal with a taxi company so a direct ride can me arranged.


The climate in Iceland is not what most people think. It has a mostly coastal climate with mild temperatures – sort of like the west coast of Canada and Ireland only a bit colder. Some say Iceland only has two seasons, spring and fall. This is true in some sense as we can have +10°C (50F) both in January and June.

Summers in Iceland starts late and it never gets hot, so one pair of shorts is plenty and windbreakers, fleece and lots of layers are useful, especially if you want to go walking, hiking or camping. In summer we have the midnight sun and it never really gets dark. In the winter on the other hand we have 3 hours of daylight on the shortest day, so it never really gets very bright. , and

Services in Laugarvatn?

Samkaup Strax grocery store – bistro, gasoline, ATM – Summer and winter opening hours vary.

Swimming pool – Summer and winter opening hours vary.

Lindin Restaurant and Bistro

Héraðskólinn / hostel / Resturant – bar –

Laugarvatn Hostel –

Hotel Edda in two school buildings during summer – accommodation and restaurants.

Fontana Spa – spa and restaurant –

112  SOS – Police – Ambulance – Emergency –Department

Health Center at Laugarás, – (20 min by car). Call for appointment with doctor Tel. 480 5300 /  892 8804


Credit cards like Visa and Mastercard are accepted everywhere. In Laugarvatn there is a mini-bank (ATM-automatic teller machine) where you can withdraw cash, just bring your pin number. Most other types of plastic cards are also acknowledged in the banks and ATMs.

Staying overnight in Reykjavík?

If you need an affordable place to stay in Reykjavík, SÍM, the Association for Icelandic Artists is located in the center of town. SÍM offers nice, clean rooms. See: , Telephone: +354 551 1346 – Fax:+354 562 6656, e-mail: sim(at)

Renting a car?

There are many car hires, find the best offers.


In summer Gullfoss and Geysir can be visited by taking a bus from Laugarvatn.

Selfoss is the biggest town in south Iceland, about 45 km from Laugarvatn. One bus goes there daily all year.

Reykjavík is 70 km from Laugarvatn through The Thingvellir National Park.

There are all kinds of hotels and accommodation around Iceland accessible through internet search.

Local transport?

Gullkistan has a few bicycles which guests can use as they like.

At the residency there is a car that can be used by residents on shorter excursions for a fare fee.