“Retreat To the North”
A Skagaströnd Saga Writer’s Experience
21-30 March 2020
A structured writing retreat + arts/slow tourism experience in the remote north of Iceland.
In this 10-day writing retreat, you will learn from established Icelandic authors and gain an authentic experience of Iceland away from the main tourist routes.
This writing retreat is hosted by the Nes Artist Residency in the village of Skagaströnd, in Iceland’s north-west. Nes is a well established residency with 11 years experience hosting over 900 artists.
You will learn sagas of the Icelanders, and the storytelling structure of the Hero’s Journey, while experiencing the pristine Arctic natural landscape and rich history of the local region.
As well as workshops and opportunities to share your work, you will have time for your own writing and a dedicated facilitator Emma Gibson from Nes to support you during your stay in Skagaströnd.
There will be tourism experiences to inspire your writing. You will have the opportunity to taste Hakarl (fermented shark), learn about the Hidden Folk, meet Icelandic horses, and hear from a fortune teller at the Museum of Prophesies, which is dedicated to the soothsayer Thordis, who founded Skagaströnd in the 10th century.
Depending on weather, the retreat will also include a visit to, the historic turf house at Glaumbær farm, and the Kakalaskali saga trail, which tells the story of Thordur Kakali and the battles during the 13th century, as recorded in the Icelandic stories known as Sturlungar saga.
Evening meals will be prepared by international chef and writer, Susan Herrmann. You will also have the opportunity to get to know the community, including being hosted for dinner by a local family, where you will gain an authentic experience of the Icelandic way of life.
Early bird discount of 100€ on full payment before 31 December 2019!
Duration of residency
Your accommodation will be at the Salthús Guesthouse, built in the 1950s for cod salting for the local fishing industry. This historical building is now converted to modern, accessible accommodation for artists, providing views over the township and harbor.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
This retreat is suitable for writers of all types and experience.
Studio / Workspace
Desk top work space in each room plus a shared studio space for events and private writing.
Fees and support
1850€ single, 2500€ double – early bird discount 100€ off before 31/December 2019.
Expectations towards the artist
Not compulsory but opportunity to share work, present readings if desired.