Life on the Course

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Applicants need to reserve accommodation on their own.

In Ísafjörður there are several guesthouses and hotels. We have compiled a list for you with option but you may of course search for other accommodation on your own, using the websites www.westfjords.is and www.vesturferdir.is. as well as www.booking.com or www.airbnb.com. Note that accommodation is not included in the course fee. 

 

Hótel Horn

Hótel Horn is located right in the center of Ísafjörður. It is simply, yet lively, designed, inspired by the nature of the Westfjords. The hotel has 12 bright and beautifully furnished rooms with wooden floors. Extra beds or children's cots can be fitted in all rooms. The rooms are on the second floor, and the hotel has an elevator and rooms with wheelchair access. Parking spaces for guests are situated right outside the hotel.

Hótel Horn is open all year round. 
Breakfast is served daily, from 6:30 - 10:00 at Hotel Torg which is just 100 m down the street. 
The hotel reception is open from 14:00 - 20:00, or according to agreement.

For bookings or further information, please contact: info@hotelisafjordur.is

 

Gamla gistihúsið

Gamla gisthúsið is in central Ísafjörður, Mánagata 1. These are single rooms with basic cooking facilities. Restaurants and a supermarket can be found across the street, and the University Centre is within a five minute walk.

Included with accommodation in a single room are towels, linens, access to basic cooking facilities and access to washing machine and dryer for an extra fee.

Info: www.gistihus.is
Booking: Reserve through gistihus@gistihus.is
Contact: gistihus@gistihus.is 
Tel. +354-456 4146 /+354 897 4146

  

Hótel Edda

Hótel Edda Isafjordur is a summer hotel with a total of 33 rooms with en-suite bathroom and also offers sleeping bag facilities. They have a breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi and a camping site. 

In 2019 the hótel is open 12 June - 13 August. 

Info: https://www.hoteledda.is/en/hotels/hotel-edda-isafjordur
Booking: Reserve through: edda@hoteledda.is 
Contact: edda@hoteledda.is

Tel. +354 444 4960; Booking center: +354 444 4000

 

Hótel Ísafjörður

Hotel Ísafjörður is a modern, comfortable three-star hotel in the heart of Ísafjörður with 36 double/single rooms. The rooms are equipped with showers, hair-dryers, television, telephone, coffee/tea making facilities, laundry service as well as high speed internet access free of charge. The hotel is non-smoking.

Info: www.hotelisafjordur.is

Booking: Reserve through info@hotelisafjordur.is 
Contact: info@hotelisafjordur.is 

Tel. +354 456 4111 /+354 456 4767 (fax)

 

Gisting Áslaugar/Áslaug's Accommodation

Gisting Áslaugar/Áslaug´s Accommodation is in central Ísafjörður. These are single and double rooms with basic cooking facilities and wash basins. Restaurants, a supermarket and the University Centre are within a five minute walk.

Info: gistias@snerpa.is
Booking: Reserve through gistias@snerpa.is
Contact: gistias@snerpa.is 
Tel. +354 899 0742 (Áslaug) or +354 456 4075  (fax)

There are of course alternative ways to travel to the Westfjords. Photo: www.gusti.is.
There are of course alternative ways to travel to the Westfjords. Photo: www.gusti.is.

Getting from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður


1.  Air travel: There are normally two scheduled flights daily from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður. They can be booked online at www.airiceland.is. Flights leave from Reykjavík domestic airport, not from Keflavík airport. You will save considerably by booking in advance. Once you arrive in Ísafjörður, you can take the FlyBus from the airport directly to your final destination in Ísafjörður town for ISK 1.000 in cash. The bus to Ísafjörður waits outside the airport after every landed flight. 

2. Public bus: Summer schedule for 2019 not available yet. Please follow the Visit Westfjords Official Travell Guide website for information about the bus timetable. Please get confirmed timings before making plans.

3. Rent a car: There are a number of car rentals in Reykjavík and then you can drive from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður.  There are two road ways and the distance is about 460 km.

Please notify us of your means of travel on the application form.

 

Getting back to Reykjavík after the course

1. By plane (see directions above). You can take the FlyBus to the airport directly from the town of Ísafjörður for ISK 1000 in cash. The bus to the airport is scheduled for every flight. Ask at your accomodation for details. 

2. Public bus (see directions above).

3. Rent a car: There are a number of car rentals in Ísafjörður and then you can drive from Ísafjörður to Reykjavík.  There are two road ways and the distance is about 460 km.

Please notify us of your means of travel on the application form.

Photo: www.gusti.is.
Photo: www.gusti.is.
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The evenings are mostly free for your own activity.

Students staying in Ísafjörður can enjoy discovering the town´s quaint bakeries, wandering the streets, and exploring the coastline. In Ísafjörður you can go swimming and much more. You can climb many mountains and explore the beautiful nature all around.  

In or near Isafjordur you can go horse riding, kayaking, bird watching, fjord-fishing, whale watching, go on guided quad tours, 4x4 (SUV) day trips and more. Make sure to bring hiking boots and outdoor clothing that is appropriate for the changeable weather. 

In Ísafjörður, you might want to stay a day longer or arrive earlier and take a trip to Vigur island or a one or two day trip to Hornstrandir. The Hornstrandir nature reserve lies to the north of Ísafjörður, across Ísafjarðardjúp. The area can only be reached by boat. The last permanent residents left in the 1960s, and now nature is taking over old cultivated land. If you go, you will be in tranquil wilderness - no cars, no roads, and no telephones! For more information go to www.westfjords.is or www.vesturferdir.is.