Rithöfundasamband Íslands

The Writers' Union of Iceland

Writers’ Residence in Gunnarshús

Gunnarshús – the Writers’ House in Reykjavík

Gunnarshús in Reykjavík is the home of the Writers’ Union of Iceland. The house is quite remarkable as it was the last residence of writer Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889-1975) but it is also truly a milestone in the history of Icelandic architecture.

The Writers’ Union has held a number of literary events in Gunnarshús, in addition to supplying meeting facilities to various groups of writers. The Union also holds receptions in the house for foreign writers, giving them a chance to meet their Icelandic colleagues.

Gunnarshus2The Writers’ Residence in Gunnarshús

An apartment for visiting writers has been available in Gunnarshús from 1999. Gunnarshús is centrally located in Reykjavík (10 min. with bus to downtown). The 60 square meter apartment, which is in the basement, comprises a living-room/study, a kitchen, and a bathroom. It is completely furnished, and includes a double bed, excellent working facilities, a spacious, well-equipped kitchen, and a bathroom with a washer and dryer. It is available for periods of 1 to 8 weeks at a time. The rent is 30.000,- ISK pr. week. If more than one person is staying you pay ISK 3.000.- extra pr. week pr. person. (From January 1st 2019 the rent will be 35.000 IKR pr. week and 3.500 IKr pr. extra person).

In the workroom/bedroom is a double sofa bed, which is easy to fold out. In the wardrobe-corner there are bedclothes, blankets and pillows. Also an extra mattress is to be found in there. The kitchen is well-equipped (refrigerator, oven, coffee machine, toaster etc.), there are towels and a hairdryer in the bathroom and there is also a washing machine/dryer for guests staying longer than several nights. In the wardrobe-corner you will also find an iron and ironboard, a mop, a bucket etc. There is also television + dvd and radio. Free wireless internet connection. Bus stops nearby (2 minutes walk) and it takes about 7 minutes to drive to Centrum.

Normally the guests keep the apartment until noon on the day of departure. If that doesn’t fit you, please make special arrangements with the manager.

Booking and further information:

Tel: + 354 568 3190.
Email: rsi@rsi.is

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