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.

We offer artists rehearsal- and performance spaces and a place to stay. The artists take care of their own travel- and living expenses.

In the end of the residency period our artist present their work to the local community.

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.

Our conditions for allowing artists to stay at our residency in that they, in exchange, help our with the daily cleaning of our premises every day of the residency. This work happens in the mornings and takes 1-3 hours, depending on the time period
and the number of artists staying with us.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Film Making
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Part of a Hotel or Guest House

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Cleaning
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
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Musical Instruments
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

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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