General information

Brief description of organisation

Hafnarborg – The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art exhibits works by leading Icelandic and international artists. The temporary exhibition programme features contemporary artists and established artists from the early 20th century.

The exhibitions explore Icelandic art history, ranging from important works by the pioneers of Icelandic art to the more experimental arts of today. The Collection is mainly Icelandic, with a notable contribution from Eiríkur Smith (1925-2016), a leading 20th century Icelandic artist. Exhibitions from the Collection are a regular part of the museum program.

In connection with the exhibitions, there are regular workshops, guided tours, seminars and an educational programme for schools. Guided tours in English are offered upon request. Hafnarborg also hosts regular Midday Concerts and the contemporary concert programme Hljóðön.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Hafnarborg operates an Artist-in-Residence program, with an apartment and studio space on the top floor of the museum’s building at Strandgata 34 in the centre of Hafnarfjörður. The programme is aimed at foreign artists interested in Iceland.

The apartment is 80 sq. m., consisting of a one bedroom flat with a studio space, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom, with shower, washing machine and dryer. Bed sheets and towels are provided for guests.

Smoking is not allowed in the apartment.

The residence fee is 500 euros per month, with payment being due three months prior to arrival. The fee includes electricity, heating, local telephone calls and internet connection.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • Music
Type of organisation
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other
Expectations of the artist
  • Cleaning
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant

How to reach

Nearest airport

Keflavík International Airport

Contact information

Strandgata 34
220 Hafnarfjörður


Phone: (354) 585 5790

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