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University Centre of the Westfjords

The University Centre is a distance learning centre that serves about 100 distance learning students; it operates a master’s program in Coastal and Marine Management for around 40 students, and also offers a small individualised program of study at the master’s level in Marine Innovation. The University Centre also offers a variety of summer courses.

Top reasons to study here

  • The University Centre building is home to more than 50 people in research, teaching and services in various organizations and companies.
  • The University Centre provides distance learning students with facilities for teleconferencing, group work facilities and reading rooms.
  • The University Centre is the largest organization in Ísafjörður’s Vestrahús building and is a leading agency in the co-operation among the Westfjords innovation

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)



The University Centre of the Westfjords is a small higher educational organization, which was established in 2005 and began operations in January 2006.


  • The master's program in Coastal and Marine Management was launched in the presence of the Minister of Education. Students graduate from the University of Akureyri with a Master of Resource Management (MRM) degree. The program is international, interdisciplinary, and taught in modules. 
  • The master’s program in Marine Innovation provides individualised learning in co-operation with the Innovation Centre of Iceland and the University of Akureyri which aims to promote innovation in the Westfjords. In addition, The University Centre organizes a number of summer courses in the Westfjords, as well as tailor-made courses for domestic and overseas universities. 


The University Centre is a young and flexible organization. Employees strive to serve the educational and research needs of the Westfjords to the fullest and to provide students and researchers outside the region, who wish to connect with the small but fascinating research environment in the Westfjords, with an excellent service.

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Housing services

Please note that participants need to reserve accommodation on their own. Participants are encouraged not to wait too long to book their accommodation as the summer months are usually busy.

  • Við Fjörðinn is a guesthouse situated in the centre of Þingeyri. It has ten rooms and offers accommodation for groups, families and single persons. One room can accommodate up to four people. Access to fully equipped kitchen and bath is included. Við Fjörðinn also has two apartments.
  • Hotel Sandafell is a hotel situated in the centre of Þingeyri. It offers 8 rooms, incl. 2 family rooms. All the rooms are big and with a beautiful view. All rooms have TV, and guests have free access to wireless internet. 

Library services

The University Centre has a small library with a collection of books and other media. The largest part of our resources are acquired for the master's programme in Coastal and Marine Management. This part of the library is highly specialized, but also balanced, in accordance with the diverse topics taught on the programme.

ICT services

The University Centre of the Westfjords offers students access to wireless internet. It is anticipated that students have laptop computers with wireless internet cards, though it is possible to set up wired internet connections for students in exceptional circumstances. The wireless connection is open and does not require a password to access.

Student Life

Campus life

The University Centre of the Westfjords offers excellent facilities for distance learning students of universities across Iceland. There are six teaching rooms at the Centre, two of which have teleconferencing facilities. 

The rooms are intended for teaching, but are also used as reading and working rooms for students when there is no teaching in progress. 

The Centre’s main corridor also houses reading and group work areas, as well as lockers for student use. There are further reading rooms on the ground floor which students can use for quiet private work.


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