An Inspiring Gathering for Writers

The Iceland Writers Retreat is held once a year, in April, for authors, writers, and book enthusiasts.

Workshops and Panels:

If you are attending the Iceland Writers Retreat, you can attend up to six two-hour writing workshops (each with max. 15 participants) led by our featured authors. You’ll be able to choose from over 20 workshops on offer. Sign up early to get the best availability.

There are enriching experiences throughout the week such as a panel discussion with Icelandic authors, literary tours, a reading by all faculty, and a Q&A panel on the final morning.

Explore Iceland:

Your registration fee includes an exclusive full-day outing to see some inspiring Iceland. We have designed these unique excursions. The tours:

  • Are led by Icelandic writers
  • Feature additional talks/readings about Icelandic literature
  • Include a talk and tour of the former home of Nobel Prize-winning author Halldór Laxness
  • Include lunch and snacks
Roaming Icelandic horses are observed by writers at the Iceland Writers Retreat where book enthusiasts and professional writers meet.
Attend a writing retreat in one of the world's most beautiful settings, Iceland. Get inspired by Icelandic nature at the golden circle, and by the professional writers who teach our workshops.

Literary Themed Golden Circle Tour

A unique variation on Iceland’s most popular excursion that includes stops at Geyser geothermal fields, Gullfoss waterfall, and the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), as well as a visit to Iceland’s ancient seat of learning, Skálholt. For Readers Retreat participants and one choice (of 3) for Writers Retreat participants.

Attend the Iceland Readers Retreat alongside striking Icelandic landscapes in Borgarfjörður, professional writers and authors.

Literary Borgarfjörður

This trip travels west to the Borgarfjörður region, the setting of the famous Egil’s Saga, as well as numerous other Icelandic sagas. We’ll circle the picturesque Hvalfjörður “Whale” fjord and visit the cultural center Reykholt, where chieftain and writer Snorri Sturluson lived in the 13th century. Natural wonders on this tour include Europe’s largest hot spring, Deildartunguhver, and the waterfalls Barnafoss (“Children’s Falls”) and Hraunfossar (“Lava Falls”). One choice (of 3) for Writers Retreat participants.

Book enthusiasts explore literary history in Iceland and view the old sagas on literary city tours that inspire your writing curiosity.

One of a Kind Reykjavík City Tour

This trip showcases some of the best highlights Iceland’s capital has to offer, including a special visit to view the preserved manuscripts of the Icelandic Sagas (not usually open to the public - to be confirmed for 2024; if not then there will be a talk on the Sagas) and stops at the National Museum, Árbæjarsafn open-air folk museum, and the brand new Icelandic Lava Show, the first exhibition in the world where you get to see real, liquid lava close up (and safely!). For Readers Retreat participants and one choice (of 3) for Writers Retreat participants.

Reykjavik city tours let you join writers, book enthusiasts and literary fans for fun walking tours in Reykjavik during the Iceland Writers Retreat

Reykjavik Literary Walking Tour

During the retreat, all participants are invited to join a literary walking tour of Reykjavik.

The Venue

In 2024, all workshops, readings, panels, and meals were held at the Fosshotel Reykjavík. We secured several rooms at the special conference rate for participants who wished to book accommodation at the venue. Please visit our Registration Page soon for details on the 2025 hotel venue and conference rate.

A large white building with a tall tower in the background.

Stay Longer!

Our optional, two-day “Relax, Read & Write” extension gives you free time during the days to take additional tours, walk through town, shop for souvenirs, or write in a local café. The group will then gather in the evenings for dinner together. At the second dinner, we’ll have an open mic night where you’ll have an opportunity (if you wish) to share some of your own work with your fellow participants.

Be Social (but only if you want!):

Your participation in the Iceland Writers Retreat includes a three-course welcome dinner (and faculty reading), buffet lunches on workshop days, refreshments during session breaks, cocktail receptions at interesting locations around town, and a pub night with reading by local authors and great live music.

Bring a Friend:

You can sign up to bring someone with you: Our partner fee includes the welcome drink and dinner, all receptions, the literary walking tour of Reykjavík, the pub night, and one of our day tours.