Writing Workshops &
Cultural Tours in Iceland

Join us for a series of workshops and panels led by an esteemed team of international writers.

Between intimate workshops and lectures we’ll offer the chance to tour the spectacular Golden Circle, sit in the cozy cafes of Reykjavik, soak in geothermal hot springs, listen to new Icelandic music, meet contemporary Icelandic writers, and learn about the country’s rich literary tradition.

  • "One of the world's best writers' retreats"

    The Sydney Morning Herald

  • "Gets better and better every year."

    Laurie, US, 2014, 2015, 2016 participant

  • "For a writer, it doesn't get much better than this"

    Huffington Post

  • "One of the most thoughtfully planned, helpful, and inspirational events ever."

    Carol, 2015 and 2016 participant

  • "The perfect place to discover literary inspiration"

    The Daily Beast

Workshops & Panels

Our workshops are led by acclaimed fiction and non-fiction writers from around the world.

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Touring

Participants can choose between two exclusive full-day outings into the Icelandic countryside. Both tours are led by and feature contemporary Icelandic writers.

Tour Options

Time to Write

Dedicated blocks of time throughout the retreat allow participants to focus on their writing. Extend your visit with the “Relax & Write” option that includes two additional nights’ accommodation.

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Music, Food, & More

Hit the streets of Reykjavik to see live music, listen to readings by local writers, dine at some of Reykjavik’s best eateries. and mingle with faculty and other participants at our Cocktail Receptions.

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THE BLOG

News & Events

Meet the Recipients of this Year’s Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award
Dec1

Meet the Recipients of this Year’s Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award

This year is the second year the Iceland Writers Retreat has offered the Alumni Award. This

Record number of applications for the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award
Nov1

Record number of applications for the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award

The deadline to apply for the second Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award has now passed. We

Meet the Recipients of this Year’s Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award
Dec1

Meet the Recipients of this Year’s Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award

This year is the second year the Iceland Writers Retreat has offered the Alumni Award. This

10 Fascinating Facts about Iceland
Nov25

10 Fascinating Facts about Iceland

Photo taken by Art Bicnick, rest of the series can be found here. Iceland is quickly climbing

Interview with Iceland Writers Retreat co-founder in the University of Toronto Magazine
Nov21

Interview with Iceland Writers Retreat co-founder in the University of Toronto Magazine

“Icelanders have a saying that everyone ‘has a book in their belly.’ ”

Icelandic Superstitions
Nov13

Icelandic Superstitions

Despite being a technologically advanced society, superstition is still an important part of

A Fan’s Fantastical Paradise
Nov8

A Fan’s Fantastical Paradise

It is well-known that Iceland is the perfect home and travel destination for writers, readers,

10 reasons why Iceland is the best place to be a writer
Nov5

10 reasons why Iceland is the best place to be a writer

Text and photos by Elliott Brandsma. Featured image by Roman Gerasymenko The secret is out:

2017 Faculty

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

Award-winning author
Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston

Head of Creative Dept, Harvard University
Carsten Jensen

Carsten Jensen

Olof Palme Prize winner
Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave

New York Times bestselling author

Claudia Casper

Author, IWR Alumna
David Lebovitz

David Lebovitz

Chef, Author
Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan

Giller Prize Winner
Hallgrímur Helgason

Hallgrímur Helgason

Icelandic Literary Prize winner
Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien

Man Booker Prize nominee
Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer

Bestselling Author
Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed

Somerset Maugham Prize winner
Paul Murray

Paul Murray

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse winner
Sara Gruen

Sara Gruen

Bestselling author of Water for Elephants and others
Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir

Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir

Golden Circle tour guide
Vilborg Davíðsdóttir

Vilborg Davíðsdóttir

Author, Ethnologist, Journalist

Past Faculty

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Stack Entry

$120

Per Person

  • 1 Free Entrance
  • Regular Seating
  • Custom Swags
  • Free Wifi




Student Pass

$99

Bulk Order

  • 20x Free Entrance
  • 20x Regular Seating
  • Custom Swags
  • Free Wifi




VIP Pass

$199

VIP's only

  • VIP Entrance
  • VIP Seating
  • Custom Swags
  • Free Wifi