The Freezer

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Freezer can best be described as an creative engine that utilizes international tourism to generate income for creating art and producing cultural events.

The spaces are in two studio/exhibition space. The bigger 200 square meters and the smaller approx 50 square meters. The Freezer is located in Rif - West Iceland.


We encourage applications from a wide range of artists of different cultural and geographic backgrounds. We are open for applications for all phases - from initial research to finishing works.

We operate and non-stop open call and evaluate applications as soon as they are sent to us. We prioritise theatre, dance and music projects but as said before, if the proposal is interesting and fitting for our space, we try to bring as much variety as we can.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The Freezer is a professional theatre and social hostel in Rif, a very small town on Snæfellsnes peninsula, west coast Iceland.

This residency opened in the summer of 2014 and offers stage artists and musicians an opportunity to work on their art in close proximity to breathtaking nature and the magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier, which has been a source of great inspiration for artists from all over the world for centuries.

The Freezer´s premises are situated in a renovated fish factory which has been turned into a culture centre and hostel, where the hostel buisness operates as a sort of an engine for creating art and culture, for locals and travellers in the area.

We offer two homemade studio spaces to be used for visiting artists. The smaller one is 100m2 long and used to serve as the actural freezer of the fish factory. The larger space is a 240m2 studio space with a big stage for concerts and performances. This space used to house packing and storing spaces in the past.

Residency fee is between 25.000 - 50.000 isk per week depending on the time of the year.

The residency fee is to be paid in advance and is non-refundable.
Residents must provide for their own food, travel, and miscellaneous expenses.

The accommodation we have available is located at the premises of The Freezer. It´s a room that 4 persons can share and it has a private bathroom. The artists in our residency share this room and have access to everyrthing else in the building, a fully equipped kitchen, our big communal lounge and of course our working spaces and homemade recording studio.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Part of a Hotel or Guest House

Residency conditions

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


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Exhibition
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Supplies
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Sound Recording Studio
  • Musical Instruments
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Shared Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Theatre, live music, guest performances, cultural events.

How to reach

By train

No trains in Iceland.

By plane

No domestic flights in the area.

By car

Reykjavik - Borgarnes on highway 1 towards the west coast

Borgarnes - Hellissandur on highway 54.

Drive around Snæfellsjökull glacier (through the national park) to reach Hellissandur.

Rif is the next town to Hellissandur. It´s only two streets and you won´t have any problems with finding the Freezer.

Nearest airport

Keflavík Airport

Contact information

The Freezer
hafnargata 16
360 Rif, Snæfellsbær

Phone: 00354-8659432

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