Three artists and a vampire!

Our guests welcomed a group of students from the  Menntaskólinn á Laugarvatni local college. The teacher, Ívar Sæland, is teaching them photography and is opening their eyes for art in general. Thank you all for participating. We had a very nice time together.



Book Iceland – in June 2018!

Gullkistan is organizing a workshop in June with artist Brooke Holve.
Click on photo for more information and the application form.
Feel free to send us any questions.





something poetic I eitthvað ljóðrænt

july artist residency closing exhibition  /  lokasýning gesta í júlí

Mountain climbing

Liza, Ari, Anna and Agnes.

The first week in May gave us hope for a good summer. Climbing on top of Laugarvatnsfjall ( mountain) with wonderful people and a good view is a good start.

New artists arrived for May :

Liza Ambrossio, photographer, México –
Agnes Marton, poet, Luxembourg
Anna Ralls, writer – poet, USA
Catherine Richardson, visual artist, USA –
Simona Carini poet, nonfiction writer,  USA –

See more pictures from the trip….

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April month

Sarah and Tamara

Easter weather looking good. Sarah and Tamara had a lot of quiet time for writing.

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The Nordic Monolingual Month

Alda, Jón, Tamara Drazic, fiction writer, Australia , Sevda Khatamian, writer, photographer, filmmaker, Turkey and Kristveig –

As a part of Nordic Multilingual Month the Book-towns and Gullkistan will host a multilingual poetry night in Listasafn Árnesinga in Hveragerði on the 21st of March.

The Nordic Multilingual Month is an annual festival that celebrates multilingualism and language diversity between February 21 st , the International Mother Tongue Day, and March 21 st , the World Poetry Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. See more info:

As an end point, the Book-towns invite you to listen to poems in multiple languages on the last day. Participants will be published later. Please mark the date!

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Happy new year!

Happy New Year! Gullkistan welcomes new guests and we hope they will have a wonderful stay and good time to work.

2016 – 2017

Gullkistan wants to thank you all for an incredible year and send our best regards. In 2009, the first year we received guests, 9 guests stayed with us. This year, 2016, the total number has risen to 61. School groups, open house, exhibitions, lectures in local schools and workshops are also things we planned this year. Without your great support, open mind and participation this fairy tale would not have been possible. Thanks!

Winter – open call!


In December, January and February we have single and double rooms available for visual artists, musicians, scholars or others interested in staying with with us at Gullkistan in Iceland.

Iceland is a land of great contrasts with unpredictable natural forces like strong wind, cold air, snow storms or just calm and beautiful weather, starry nights and occasional northern lights. We offer a peaceful place in the middle of the Golden Circle, only one hour from the capital, Reykjavík.

There is a possibility of a two week stay or more. Send us email at and we will answer all your questions.

Single room for one month 850€

Double room for one month 1050€

Apply here!

Endless rain


October was warmer and more wet than ever according to specialists. Therefore maybe there was not much to do other than work!

Our artists in october: