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.
The 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 35.000,- ISK pr. week. If more than one person is staying you pay ISK 3.500.- extra pr. week pr. person.
On arrival, please note that the guest apartment is situated in the basement of the house and that the entrance is at the bottom of a staircase on the right side of the house. The key to the apartment is in a key box hanging by the door. You will get the pin code for the key box before arriving.
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 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 11:00 AM on the day of departure. If that doesn’t fit you, please make special arrangements with the manager.
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Tel: + 354 568 3190.
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