Salthús Artist Retreat


Do you need time out to find inspiration and work on new ideas? Have you always wanted to visit Iceland? Do you want to see the Northern Lights? The Salthús offers you an opportunity to combine these and more, during a short term Artist Retreat to Iceland beginning in summer of 2018.

At Salthús guesthouse (e. Salt-house), in the town of Skagaströnd, we invite artists to a short term self-directed artist retreat, typically lasting two weeks, with a possibility of shorter or longer stays. The Salthús offers spacious private rooms, with en-suite bathrooms, unlimited Wifi, and a well equipped shared kitchen and dining area. For more information on the Salthús, click here, and for information about the rooms, click here.

The Salthús Artist Retreat caters to artists that want to explore the area of Northwest Iceland and who do not necessarily need a studio space. It is perfect for those that want to take videos and photographs, make sketches and smaller work, or write. The area offers opportunities for hiking, fishing, skiing and horse-back riding as well as visits to museums and wool and fish skin factories.. For more information on things to explore in the area, click here.

The dates for the Artist Retreat are usually from the 1st-15th, and 16th- 30th each month, with a possibility shorter or longer stays, with a minimum of one week. The Salthús Artist Retreat fees from Sept 15th until May 31st are:

  • € 400 for one week.
  • € 750 for two weeks.
  • € 1.400 for four weeks.
  • € 100 per week extra for double occupancy

The Salthús Artist retreat fees from June 1st until Sept 14th are:

  • € 600 for one week.
  • € 1.000 for two weeks.
  • € 1.900 for four weeks.
  • € 200 per week extra for double occupancy

We offer last minute prices for the coming two months.

For availability and further information contact us at

The Salthús Gueshouse building was built in 1950 by Skagstrendingur, a local fisheries company, and served various purposes for the fishing industry through the years. The house was completely rebuilt and renovated in 2017, into the Salthús Guesthouse.

The town of Skagaströnd is a fishing village in Northwest Iceland, where fisheries and trade has long been the main livelihood. The town is is gaining popularity as an artist colony, with NES Artist Residency at the forefront of that change and plans to open an art gallery and museum in the near future. The Salthús Gueshouse collaborates with NES. For those artists that would like a full Artist Residency experience, please visit the website of Nes Artist Residency.

Hrafnhildur Sigurðardóttir
Manager, Salthús Artist Retreat
Tel. +354 848 6051

Comments from our guests

In Skagaströnd you get a unique chance of immersing yourself, once one’s “soul” understands that one can hardly do anything but calm down, enjoy the landscape and reflect…The Salthouse is a good place to stay. The newly furnished rooms have good beds and a work desk, and the two spacious common kitchens are well-equipped, so you have good opportunities to cook yourself or just meet with the other residents around the tables.

Gina Hedegaard Nielsen, Textile artist Denmark


My stay at Salthus was wonderful – incredibly productive! I am still missing everything about my stay even after being back home for several weeks.

Gloria Chung Photographer USA


I relished the change of pace and the luxury of time that allowed a sense of awe to permeate my life every day that I spent there. The entire experience was nothing short of magical for me in that it produced new roots and a sense of being (in a new) home. Skagastrond itself is a mixture of a peaceful and yet pleasantly lively community… Everything was new to me – and yet, I felt so much “at home.” A good amount of credit for this very positive experience derives from the place where I actually resided (Salthus Guesthouse)… The siting of the Guesthouse could not have been better – overlooking the ocean, next to hills laden with historical significance, walking distance to town and to the artist studios, etc. I can hardly wait to return….

Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin Photographer USA

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Einbúastígur 3
545 Skagaströnd

GPS Coordinates:
Longitude -20.322100
Latitude 65.826200

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Phone: +354 848 6051