Laboratory of Mind and Imagination

We offer lodgings for all kind of creative people, artists or scientists for a month or longer in beautiful Eyjafjord in Northern Iceland at 1.000 euros pr. month for single and 1.300 euros for couple. No extra fees. Payable 1/3 two months before arrival non refundable and rest payable at arrival.

It is an ideal place to write a book, research paper, or do anything your imagination craves.

You will have the peace you need.

We offer private rooms, optic fiber internet, workplace, kitchen, bathroom, washing machine, dryer and wonderful environment and landscape.

Magic view from your room window.

We began reconstructing an old desolated farmhouse plus stables and barn in 2013 with the intention to make a retreat for writers and others who want to exercise their creativity by art or science.

The intention was to reach creative people,artists or scientists who wanted to stay in a beautiful and peaceful area in northern Iceland for a month or more and mix with the locals and promote their art in the area along with getting inspiration from the culture of our country.

We who operate the institution are: Swany (Svanfrë?ur Ingvadë¢ttir) who is an interior designer and a dancing instructor born 1955 / Peter (P_Ñ_tur Einarsson) a writer and a philosopher with former background as a master carpenter, international lawyer and the Director of Civil Aviation Iceland rtd. Peter is born 1947.

Swany loves to restore old furniture and design exotic artistic combinations.

Peter carries on with his writing and adding to the restoration of Sela.

Residency Programme since: 2014
Description of Organisation:

Our institution is operated by our fund LABORATORY OF MIND AND IMAGINATION.

We, Swany and Peter, focus on creative people of finer arts or science who also want to discuss philosophical issues as Peter has written books on the subject and he and Swany love to have dialogues on subjects of such value adding to their love of philosophy.


Our aim is to make the Laboratory of Mind and Imagination Sela a sought-after retreat for creative compassionate people to fulfill their need for a perfect retreat.

Our objective is to teach our guests what we know and to seek new knowledge for us and the community from the creative people, artists and scientists that stay with us.

Organisation founded in: 2015
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Hotel or Guest house
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Woodworking tools
  • Library
  • Welding tools
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Postal application
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): Sorry, no grants
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: Rural
    How to reach by plane: Fly to Keflavik airport (occasional flights to Akureyri airport from Europe) domestic flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri (occasional flights to Akureyri from Keflavik) You can either take taxi (or walk) from the airport to the bus station in Akureyri and from there to Litli ?rskë¢gssandur-Vegamë¢t, and we pick you up free there or you can ask us to pick you up at Akureyri airport for a fee of 30 euros.
    How to reach by train: Sorry, no trains in Iceland.
    How to reach by car: BY CAR:Coordinates: 65Õô55?9″” N 18Õô18’24″” WLatitude 65.925167 Longitude -18.320185At the ring road N 1 take a turn for Dalvëk road 82. After approximately twenty minutes&rsquo drive (22.5 kilometers) look for the sign Hauganes, at road 809, on your right and turn there.Then after 1.6 kilometers look for the sign Selë_, on your right, and drive that road until the road ends (1.1 kilometer) and you will be in front of Selë_.Drive past the white house with red roof down to the big grey house with black roof.BY BUS: Bus no. 57 leaves Reykjavëk for Akureyri and bus no. 78 leaves from Akureyri to the crossroad of Sela road 809. Look for Litli ?rskë¢gssandur-Vegamë¢t. We pick you up at the crossroad for free.
    Street & Number: Sel_Ñ_
    Postal Code: 610
    City: Dalvik
    Country long: Iceland
    Dalvik 610 ISL
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