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 reserved some rooms for students at some guesthouses (see below). You may search for other accommodation on your own, using the websites www.westfjords.is and www.vesturferdir.is. Note that accommodation is not included in the course fee.

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)

Hótel Horn

Hótel Horn is simply, yet lively, designed, inspired by the nature of the Westfjords. The hotel has 12 bright and beautifully furnished rooms with wooden floors. 
Hótel Horn is great for families, and two of the rooms are extra spacious family rooms. One of the family rooms has one double bed and a sofa bed, the other has a double bed and a bunk bed. In addition to the standard equipment, the family rooms both have a refridgerator and a microwave. 
The 10 standard rooms have a double bed and all rooms have a private bathroom. In each end of the floor, two standard rooms can be connected to create a larger room, perfect for families or small groups travelling together.
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.

In the summer of 2013, Hótel Horn is open from the 1st of June until 30th of September.
Breakfast is served daily, from 7:30 - 10:00.
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

Litla gistihúsið

Litla gistishúsið is a homely and cozy accommodation located in the heart of Isafjordur. Conveniently in walking distance to the town centre, coffee shops, restaurants, Swimming pool, turist information, and local attractions.
Included with accommodation is access to basic cooking. 

Info: www.facebook.com/guesthouselitla400/
Booking: Reserve through guesthouselitla@gmail.com 
Contact: guesthouselitla@gmail.com

Tel. +354 4741455 and +354 8936993

Hótel Edda

Hótel Edda is a summer hotel with 40 rooms, 20 with en-suite bathrooms and 20 with in-room washbasins. For charge internet access is available. 

Info: www.hoteledda.is
Booking: Reserve through: edda@hoteledda.is 
Contact: edda@hoteledda.is

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

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)

 

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 is at the airport in connection with every flight.

2. Public bus: Summer schedule for 2018 not available at the moment. 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 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 in connection with every flight.

2. Public bus in the summer (see directions above).

3. Rent a car: There are a number of car rentals in 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.

Photo: www.gusti.is.
Photo: www.gusti.is.

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.  

Near Ísafjörður you can go horse riding, sea-kayaking, fjord-fishing, 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.