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Korpudalur

Kópasker

Siglufjörður

Ísafjörður

Þórshöfn Húsavík

Berg

Dalvík

Árbót

Sauðárkrókur

Broddanes

Húsey

Akureyri

Blönduós

Brjánslækur

Mývatn

Ósar

Reykhólar

Ásbyrgi

Sæberg Grundarfjörður

34 Hostels around Iceland welcome you

Búðardalur

Stykkishólmur

Seyðisfjörður Egilsstaðir

Reyðarfjörður

Hofsjökull

Borgarnes Akranes

Laugarvatn

Reykjavík

Vatnajökull

Gullfoss/Geysir

Vagnsstaðir

City Hostel Loft Hostel Downtown Hostel

Keflavík

Keflavík airport

Eyrarbakki

Árnes South Central Hekla Selfoss Gaulverjaskóli Fljótsdalur Hella Skógar

Vestmannaeyjar

Enjoy Iceland by staying at some of the 34 HI Hostels in Iceland. Each HI Hostel offers unbeatable surroundings and hospitality. Here you find a few travels tips that might come in handy when travelling in Iceland: • There are many ways to be a sustainable traveller. The most

Landmannalaugar

Höfn

Skaftafell

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Mýrdalsjökull

Vík

• Take an informative travel guide, an accurate and detailed map of Iceland, as well as a GPS or use your tablet/smart phone for GPS/Google Maps. If you use a smartphone or a tablet, an Icelandic mobile sim card can be purchased to access Iceland’s 3G network. • The weather in Iceland is unpredictable; check weather forecasts especially from autumn until spring as road

important thing is always to be conscious about sustainability.

conditions can become threatening at short notice. Pack

Here are a few tips; respect nature, use walking/ hiking paths,

according to changeable weather conditions. Take care while

don´t take flowers or stones away with you, recycle, pick up

driving and remember that all “F” marked roads are only

trash, shop locally, walk and/or bicycle when possible and

accessible for cars with 4WD. In Iceland, the maximum speed

finally; slow down and enjoy!

limit is 90 km/hour and speeding tickets fines are high. Note

• The water you buy in plastic bottles is exactly the same spring water as you drink from the tab. There is no need to buy water in Iceland. So, we encourage you to reduce your plastic

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Berunes

Djúpivogur

Langjökull

that off road driving is strictly forbidden; also in places with little or no vegetation. • The most common way to enjoy Iceland is by driving between

usage and drink spring-tap water. Icelandic hot water is often

places. We would however like to underline that bicycling

of geothermal origin and sometimes it smells of sulphur. It is

and using public transport is also a feasible and an accessible

however completely harmless unless it is too hot. Take great

option. It is also possible to explore areas with a rental bike in

care as the hot water can reach 80°C from the tab.

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Akranes

+354 868 3332

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Akureyri

+354 894 4299

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Árbót

+354 464 3677

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Árnes

+354 486 6048

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Berg

+354 464 3777

15/5-10/9

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Berunes

+354 869 7227

1/4-1/11

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Borgarnes

+354 695 3366

1/1-31/12

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Broddanes

+354 618 1830

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Dalvík

+354 699 6616

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Eyrarbakki

+354 788 8200

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Fljótsdalur

+354 487 8498

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Gaulverjaskóli

+354 551 0654

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Grundarfjörður

+354 895 6533

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Húsey

+354 471 3010

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Höfn

+354 478 1736

1/1-31/12

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Keflavík

+354 588 9999

1/1-31/12

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Korpudalur

+354 456 7808

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Kópasker

+354 465 2314

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Laugarvatn

+354 899 5409

1/2-30/11

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Ósar

+354 862 2778

1/5-1/11

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Reyðarfjörður

+354 892 0336

1/1-31/12

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Reykhólar

+354 892 7558

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Reykjavík City

+354 553 8110

1/1-31/12

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Reykjavík Downtown

+354 553 8120

1/1-31/12

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Reykjavík Loft

+354 553 8140

1/1-31/12

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Selfoss

+354 660 6999

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Seyðisfjörður

+354 611 4410

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Siglufjörður

+354 467 1506

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Skógar

+354 487 8801

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South Central

+354 663 4666

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Sæberg

+354 894 5504

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close to the city, have a lot to offer. The often barren, bleak

Vagnsstaðir

+354 478 1048

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landscape of Reykjanes gives travellers a taste of the magnificent

Vestmannaeyjar

+354 481 2900

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Vík

+354 487 1106

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Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, and the Reykjanes peninsula

nature that awaits them during their stay in Iceland. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge comes ashore here with its diversity of

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People are often impressed that such a small city like Reykjavík has so much to offer in the way of culture, arts, nature and activities. Whether you’re seeking the bustling energy of

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a cosmopolitan city, the thundering thermal energy in the ground beneath your feet, or the quiet green serenity of the surrounding landscapes, Reykjavík provides a unique experience for all who visit.

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Reykjavík City

Reykjavík Loft

Reykjavík City Sundlaugavegur 34 105 Reykjavík Tel: (354) 553 8110 reykjavikcity@hostel.is /ReykjavikCityHostel

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Nearest Hostels Reykjavík Loft 3 km • Reykjavík Downtown 5 km

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Voted by guests as the best HI Hostel in the world in 2014. Loft is located on Reykjavík’s main street and next door to the city’s bars, clubs, shops, and restaurants. Loft boasts one of the finest views in town with its large rooftop cafè & bar. Events and concerts every week. Selection of great rooms, all en suite and linen is included. Staff give you local tips on the city and arranges all excursions with complimentary pick-up.

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How to get there Airport transportation connects with every flight. Bus 14 stops every 15-30 min and passes BSÍ bus station. Walking from the city centre is around 40 min along the coastline. Bike and car rental.

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Newly renovated and comfortable HI hostel in Laugardalur Park, next to the city’s largest geothermal pool and Reykjavík Campsite. Known for being the first eco-certified accommodation place in Reykjavík. Excellent facilities and many recreational activities in the park. Wide selection of rooms, most are en suite. Linen is included. Great deals on tours and excursions with complimentary pick-up. Free parking. Open all year

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Reykjavík - Loft Bankastræti 7 101 Reykjavík Tel: (354) 553 8140 loft@hostel.is /ReykjavikLoftHostel

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How to get there Airport transportation connects with every flight. Lækjartorg bus stop is within 100m. Metered parking in front. The whole city centre is at your doorstep. Bike and car rental.

Nearest Hostels Reykjavík Downtown 1 km • Reykjavík City 3 km

Keflavík

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Reykjavík’s boutique hostel, just a stone’s throw away from the old harbour area and the cultural centre of the city. Situated on a quiet, residential street. Voted as the best HI Hostel in the world by guests in 2015. Selection of comfortable double and family rooms as well as beds in bigger dorms. Linen is included. Great deals on tours and excursions with complimentary pick-up. Staff are at hand all hours to help you make the most of your stay in the city. Open all year

Reykjavík Downtown Vesturgata 17 • 101 Reykjavík Tel: (354) 553 8120 reykjavikdowntown@hostel.is /ReykjavikDowntownHostel 6

GPS: 63° 98,924’N, 22° 33,501’W

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Don’t let the travel guides fool you; Keflavík is much more than an airport stop. It is an up-and-coming town on the south-western peninsula of Iceland, boasting both city life and a proximity to many geological wonders: craters, lava, and solfatara fields as well as the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Just a few minutes’ drive from Keflavík International Airport, Keflavík HI hostel is newly-renovated with many comforts. Local activities include ATV tours, hiking, and first-rate museums. Don’t miss the picture-worthy Garðskagaviti and Reykjanes lighthouses, only a few minutes’ drive from the town.

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How to get there Airport transportation connects with every flight. Lækjartorg bus stop is 500m away. Metered parking in front. Bike and car rental.

Nearest Hostels Reykjavík Loft 1 km • Reykjavík City 5 km

Keflavík Hostel Grænásvegur 10 230 Reykjanesbær Tel. (354) 588 9999 keflavik@hostel.is

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How to get there Keflavík HI Hostel is located just off road no. 41, the road from Keflavík Airport. Please see address for further information.

Nearest Hostels Reykjavík City, Loft, Downtown 50 km • Gaulverjaskóli 110 km

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We are dedicated to Quality and Sustainability In an ongoing effort through HI Iceland’s Mission – to support sustainable and responsible tourism as scenes from the Icelandic sagas spring to life – it gives us pleasure to offer travellers the highest standards in budget accommodation. HI Iceland Hostels are inspirational social places where we strive to meet and exceed our guests’ expectations by providing comfortable facilities, unique services, and a memorable experience based on sustainable strategies, policies, and daily practices. It is our policy to serve customers in the best way possible and to aim for the highest possible customer satisfaction in our hostels. HI Iceland’s Quality & Sustainability standards will ensure you a safe, clean, and comfortable stay, as well as a good level of services and facilities in all Icelandic HI Hostels.

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HI Quality (HI-Q) is Hostelling International‘s Quality Management system

HI Quality & Sustainability (HI-Q&S) includes both quality and sustainability standards

Swan (Nordic Ecolabel) is the official Ecolabel of the Nordic countries

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In addition to the Quality & Sustainability Assured Standards, HI Iceland actively encourages its hostels to go even further to improve their practices and therefore several Quality and Environmental Systems are being used throughout the network:

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Green Hostels is a system developed by HI Iceland. A 3rd party consulting agency audits the hostels

In West Iceland, the beauty and variety of Icelandic nature is everywhere to be seen. Magnificent views over mountains and glaciers, fertile regions, colourful birdlife, abundant rivers and lakes, fjords and bays, along with gushing

HI Iceland is committed to support sustainable tourism and responsible travelling in Iceland

geothermal activity. Natural resources are all around.

We choose to contribute towards a style of travelling that increases people’s knowledge of their environment, concern for nature, and respect for the cultural values of cities and towns in all parts of the world.

West Iceland is however more than magnificent nature.

We kindly ask our guests to take part in the sustainable practices at the hostels as well as when travelling in our fragile Icelandic nature. Check out our “green travel tips” on www.hostel.is. We highly value your opinion and we kindly ask you to leave your feedback on the special comment cards available at each hostel, on online platforms, or just send us an email at info@hostel.is.

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Land and history form an unbroken whole as the scene of the Icelandic sagas come to life. This part of the country is also rich in folklore and tales of adventure. The literary heritage comes to life in many places in the west of Iceland, in various exhibitions and museums where tales of people, places and a variety of nature beings are being told.

www.west.is and www.westfjords.is

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Akranes

Grundarfjörður GPS: 64° 55,367’N, 23° 15,488’W

Akranes Suðurgata 32 300 Akranes Tel: (354) 868 3332 akranes@hostel.is

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Nearest Hostels Borgarnes 37 km • Reykjavík 45 km

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A fishing village nestled amongst snow-capped mountains and majestic waterfalls, Grundarfjörður is a place of epic mythical proportions, where The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was partially filmed. Check in at the bright red house and drop your bags off in one of Grundarfjörður HI Hostel’s colourful rooms before heading out to explore. Attractions include the picturesque Kirkjufell mountain and Saga Centre. If you’re an animal lover, go on a boat trip and try your luck at spotting dolphins, whales, and puffins.

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How to get there From road no. 1 turn onto road no 51. The hostel is situated by one of the main streets, above the harbour. See address.

Grundarfjörður Hlíðarvegur 15 350 Grundarfirði Tel: (354) 895 6533/ 562 6533 grundarfjordur@hostel.is

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How to get there After Borgarnes, turn left from road no. 1 onto road no. 54 to Snæfellsnes. At Vegamót, take road no. 56 over the mountain and at the junction, turn left to Grundarfjörður.

Nearest Hostels Borgarnes 102 km • Bíldudalur 83 km (by ferry)

Borgarnes

Reykhólar GPS: 64° 32,287’N, 21° 55,267’W

For those wanting to get in touch with nature in Iceland (and who isn’t?), Borgarnes is the perfect place. Highlights of this scenically-rich town, which is also one of the country’s first settlement areas, include Skallagrímsgarður public park, The Settlement Centre, and Borg á Mýrum, a historical homestead featured in Egil’s Saga. Enjoy Borgarnes´ great thermal pool and a nice meal in one of its restaurants. While in this small-but-lively town, be sure to visit the family-run Steðji micro-brewery for strawberry beer, about 10 minutes’ drive from the town. Situated just off road no. 1, the newly renovated Borgarnes HI Hostel is cosy with friendly staff in an unbeatable location. Borgarnes Borgarbraut 9-13 310 Borgarnes Tel: (354) 437 1126 • 695 3366 borgarnes@hostel.is 10

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If you’re looking for an escape from the vibrant capital of Reykjavík, take a short drive to beautiful Akranes in West Iceland. This is a perfect place to relax, play a round of golf at Garðavöllur, have a family picnic at Garðalundur, or take a dip at Jaðarsbakki thermal pool. Head to Akranes lighthouse for spectacular photo opportunities, or bathe in the sea at Langisandur beach. As the former local pharmacy, Akranes HI hostel is a fascinating piece of history in and of itself. Open all year

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GPS: 64° 18,923’N, 22° 5,209’W

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GPS: 65° 454584 - 22° 200138

Reykhólar, at the southern edge of the Westfjords, is a bird-watcher´s paradise as it is possible to spot almost all bird species that breed in Iceland. Stay at the charming renovated HI Hostel, located by the seaside, to explore the natural wonders of the area. Enjoy a quiet walk among the birch trees, which surround Reykhólar HI Hostel, or hike the nearby mountains to experience the great view over Breiðafjörður bay with its endless islands and islets. Close by are the unique Seaweed Baths of Reykhólar, where you can relax and allow your skin to soak in the powerful and nurturing elements of the seaweed. Open all year

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How to get there Borgarnes is situated by road no. 1, the hostel is 800 m from the bus station on the main street.

Nearest Hostels Akranes 37 km • Grundarfjörður 103 km

Reykhólar Álftaland • 380 Reykhólar Tel. (354) 892 1558/ 863 2363 reykholar@hostel.is

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How to get there From road nr. 60, on the way to the Westfjords, take road nr. 607 to the South.

Nearest Hostels Bíldudalur 183 km • Broddanes 83 km

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Korpudalur GPS: 65° 59,047’N, 23° 20,355’W

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a vintage farmhouse on the edge of the Westfjords, then Korpudalur is the place for you. Located in Önundarfjörður, surrounded by towering mountains, Korpudalur HI Hostel is the perfect place to get away from it all. You only need to step out of the hostel and into the midst of nature. Within minutes, you can find yourself hiking, climbing, or angling in the vast wilderness of Iceland’s striking fjords. Pick-up can be arranged from the town of Ísafjörður for those not travelling by car. Open 20/515/9

Korpudalur Kirkjuból • 425 Flateyri Tel: (354) 456 7808/ 892 2030 winter: 557 2530 korpudalur@hostel.is

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How to get there The hostel is located 5 km from road no. 60 and is 17 km from Ísafjörður.

Nearest Hostels Bíldudalur 128 km • Broddanes 273 km

Broddanes GPS: 65° 35,818’N, 21° 21,905’W

North Iceland is a veritable string of jewels, where nature attracts people of all ages. A wonderland of moonlike lava fields, belching mud pots, epic waterfalls, snow-capped peaks and whale-filled bays – this is Iceland at its best.

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Broddanes HI Hostel lies in the east of the Westfjords in the picturesque area of Strandir with endless opportunities for animal lovers and nature photography, offering striking views to those willing to make the journey. Stay at Broddanes HI Hostel for a perfect base to enjoy the unique wildlife. Seals swim along the coastline and there is great opportunity to see various species of birds, such as puffins, eider ducks, black guillemots, and oystercatchers to name a few. This is a peaceful place to explore the local peninsulas and creeks, while getting in touch with nature. Broddanes is also the perfect base to visit the Sheep Farming Museum, Hólmavík village, and the magnificent Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft. Open 10/520/9

Broddanes Broddanesskóli 510 Strandabyggð Tel: (354) 618 1830 broddanes@broddanes.is

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pastures full of stout Viking horses; fishing villages clinging tenaciously to life at the end of unsealed roads. Multitudes of opportunities are available for those who want to experience adventures and there is something for everyone to enjoy: river rafting, horse riding, whale watching, golf, see angling, hiking, and a lot more. Not to forget the numerous fantastic thermal pools. During wintertime, the north part of Iceland is a skiing paradise.

How to get there From road no. 1, just north of Staðarskáli in Hrútafjörður, turn onto road no. 68. From there, drive approx. 75 km to the hostel. Arriving from the Westfjords or Hólmavík, turn onto road 68 at the crossroad 6 km south of Hólmavík.

12 Nearest Hostels Sæberg 86 km • Ósar 138 km

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Siglufjörður

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If you’re looking for a quiet place to relax in the north of Iceland, just steps away from the sea, then Sæberg HI Hostel, located just off road no. 1, is the place for you. Wander down the shore-side paths up to the moor for unparalleled bird watching, where you can gaze upon the arctic tern, eiders, and even the great northern diver. Or, enjoy the breathtaking view over Húnaflói bay by hiking up the local mountain. Pick your choice of accommodation between the hostel building and the private cottages close by, and enjoy the view while soaking in the geothermal-powered hot tub. Open 1/331/10

Sæberg Reykjaskóli Hrútafjörður Tel: (354) 894 5504 saeberg@hostel.is

Siglufjörður - or Sigló as the locals call it – is a charming, historic fishing village. Nestled at the base of a breath-taking fjord and surrounded by majestic mountains, Siglufjörður HI Hostel is filled with character, vintage details, and cosy common areas. Head out for beautiful walking and hiking trails within minutes of the hostel, hit the slopes at nearby Skarðsdalur, or delve into the town’s history at the Herring Era Museum. If you visit in July or August, don’t miss out on the lively folk music and herring festivals held annually. Siglufjörður is also a great place to enjoy the northern lights in the winter or the midnight sun in the summer. Open all year

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How to get there Sæberg is situated 1 km from road no. 1, road signs indicate where to turn.

Nearest Hostels Ósar 53 km • Borgarnes 102 km • Broddanes 87 km

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Siglufjörður Aðalgata 10 580 Siglufjörður Tel: (354) 467 1506 siglufjordur@hostel.is

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How to get there From road no. 1 turn onto road no. 76 and coming from Akureyri turn onto road 82. The hostel is situated in the centre of town.

Nearest Hostels Akureyri 77 km • Dalvík 34 km

Dalvík GPS: 65° 58,047’N, 18° 31,848’W

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If you need a break from the ring road, head 30 kilometres north to Vatnsnes peninsula, where you will discover some of Iceland’s best seal and bird watching. Ósar is a haven for nature lovers and history buffs alike. Visit Hvítserkur, a 15 m high sea stack, which resembles a prehistoric dinosaur and famed to be a troll caught by the sunrise. Places close to Ósar, such as Illugastaðir, Þrístapar and others form the scene for the historical and dramatic events of the last public execution in Iceland. These events are featured in the acclaimed novel Burial Rites. Come and see this beautiful place for yourself!

Ósar Vatnsnes • Húnaþing vestra Tel: (354) 862 2778 • 892 3778 Fax: (354) 451 2978 osar@hostel.is

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GPS: 65° 35,941’N, 20° 38,972’W

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How to get there From road no. 1, take road no. 711 approx. 40 km after Brú. The hostel is ca. 30 km after the turn onto road no. 711.

Nearest Hostels Sæberg 53 km • Akureyri 203 km

Surrounded by the enchanting mountains of the Tröllaskagi Peninsula, and bordered by the Arctic Ocean, Dalvík will leave you wanting to stay for just one more night. While the northern town is generally quiet, there is much more to offer than simply hopping on the ferry to Grímsey island, located right on the Arctic Circle. Peak into one of the village’s unique museums, head out skiing on the Troll Peninsula, or book a whale watching tour from the harbour. Situated on the town’s main street, Dalvík HI Hostel is an attractive choice for travellers, perfect for skitouring groups in winter. Don’t forget to stop by our café called Gísli, Eiríkur, Helgi for a delicious piece of cake and coffee.

Dalvík Hafnarbraut 4 • 620 Dalvík Tel: (354) 865 8391/ 466 1060 • 699 6616 E-mail: dalvik@hostel.is

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How to get there From road no. 1 north of Varmahlíð, turn onto road 76 through Siglufjörður and Ólafsfjörður, ca. 145 km. From road no. 1, 10 km north of Akureyri, turn onto road 82 for 39 km. Ask for us at Gísli, Eiríkur, Helgi CaféBar – also on the main street.

Nearest Hostels Siglufjörður 34 km • Akureyri 44 km

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These discounts and offers are available to all holders of a valid HI membership card.

All Iceland Iceland by Bus Sterna Travel Harpa Concert Hall Austurbakki 2, Reykjavík www.icelandbybus.is T: 551 1166 10% discount on Iceland by Bus passport

West Iceland & Westfjords Reykir Folk Museum Reykir, Staður, T: 451 0040 www.reykjasafn.is  30% discount on admission to museum. Sheep Farming Museum Sævangur, Hólmavík T: 451 13324  www.strandir.is/saudfjarsetur  10% discount on admission to museum  Sheep Farming Café Sævangur, Hólmavík T: 451 3324   www.strandir.is/saudfjarsetur 10% discount on refreshments. The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft Höfðagata 8-10, Hólmavík T: 897 6525  www.galdrasyning.is 10% discount on admission to museum. The Settlement Centre Restaurant, Brákarbraut 13-15, Borgarnes, T: 437 1600 www.english.landnam.is 10% discount on a 3 course menu

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The Settlement Centre Restaurant Brákarbraut 13-15 Borgarnes T: 437 1600 www.english.landnam.is 10% discount on admission to museum. Steðji Brewery Steðji, Borgarnes T: 896 5001 www.stedji.com  10% discount on beer tasting Nature and culture walks from Ísafjörður Information Centre Aðalstræti 7, Ísafjörður T: 845 0875 www.isafjordurguide.is A book on Ísafjörður “Iceland - A journey through time” is included with a walking tour for two.

North Iceland Seal Watching (Boat Trips) Höfðabraut 13, Hvammstangi www.sealwatching.is T: 852 0645 10% discount on seal watching tours Arctic Sea Tours Hafnarbraut 22, Dalvík www.arcticseatours.is T: 771 7600 10% discount on whale watching tours Greifinn Glerárgata 20, Akureyri www.greifinn.is T: 460 1600 10% discount on menu

Bryggjan Restaurant Strandgata 14, Akureyri www.bryggjan.is T: 440 6600 10% discount on menu Strikið Restaurant Skipagata 14, Akureyri www.strikid.is T: 462 7100 10% discount on menu Bláa Kannan Café Hafnarstræti 96, Akureyri www.facebook.com/ blaakannan T: 461 4600 10% discount on coffee and cakes Café Laut – Botanic Garden Eyrarlandsvegur 30, Akureyri www.facebook.com/cafelaut T: 461 4601 10% discount on coffee and cakes Báran Restaurant Eyrarvegur 3, Þórshöfn www.baranrestaurant.is T: 468 1250 10% discount on menu Thorshofn Kayak Eyrarvegur 3, Þórshöfn www.facebook.com/ thorshofnkayak T: 468 1250 25% discount on kayak tours for 2 or more people, 5 for the price of 4 for kayak tours North Sailing - Húsavík Original Whale Watching Hafnarstétt 9, Húsavík www.northsailing.is T: 464 7272 10% discount on whale watching

EAST ICELAND Nordic Restaurant Norðurgata 2, Seyðisfjörður www.hotelaldan.is T: 472 1277  15% discount on menu from 12:00 to 17:00 Skaftfell Bistro Austurvegur 42, Seyðisfjörður www.skaftfell.is/en/bistro T: 472 1633   15% discount on lunch and pizza menu (12:00 to 14:00) Seyðisfjörður Tours  Walks, hikes & bikes Norðurgata 6, Seyðisfjörður www.seyðisfjörðurtours.com T: 785 4737 10% discount of bike rental Kaffihúsið Eskifirði Strandgata 10, Eskifjörður www.kaffihusid.is, T: 476 1150 10% discount of menu and non-alcoholic drinks. SOUTH ICELAND Restaurant Flúðir Grund, Flúðir www.gistingfludir.is T: 565 9196 10% discount on menu (drinks not included) Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths Hverabraut 1, Laugarvatn www.fontana.is T: 486 1400 10% discount on admission Secret Lagoon – Flúðir Hvammsvegi, Flúðir www.secretlagoon.is T: 555 3351 10% discount on admission 17


Slakki Farm Animal Zoo and Mini Golf, Slakki, Laugarás www.facebook.com/slakki T: 693 0132 10% discount on admission Laugarvatn Adventure Cave Tours Háholt 2c, Laugarvatn www.caving.is, T: 862 5614 10% discount on cave tours Gallerýið Laugarvatni - Art Gallery and Handicraft Háholt 1, Laugarvatn www.gallerilaugarvatn.is T: 486 1016 10% discount on refreshments and products Lindin Restaurant – Bistro Lindabraut 2, Laugarvatn www.laugarvatn.is T: 486 1262 10% discount on three course menu True Adventure - Tandem Paragliding Suðurvíkurvegur 5, Vík www.trueadventure.is T: 698 8890 10% discount on paragliding Veitingahúsið Suður-Vík Suðurvíkurvegur 1, Vík www.facebook.com/sudurvik T: 4871515 10% discount on menu Minílík Ethiopian RestauranFlúðir, www.minilik.is T: 846 9798 10% discount on menu Núpshestar Horse Rental Breiðanes, Selfoss www.nupshestar.is T: 852 5930 10% discount on horse rental (1 hour-day tours) 18

REYKJAVIK Hamborgarabúllan (Tommi´s Burger Joint) Bankastræti 5, Reykjavík www.bullan.is T: 511 1886 10% discount on all meals Hamborgarabúllan (Tommi´s Burger Joint) Geirsgata 1, Reykjavík www.bullan.is T: 511 1888 10% discount on all meals Café Haiti Geirsgata 7b, Reykjavík www.cafehaiti.is T: 588 8484 10% discount on meals Flóran Café / Bistro Botanic Garden Laugardalur, Reykjavík www.floran.is T: 553 8872 10% discount on all meals HaPP Health Food Restaurant Höfðatún 10-12, Reykjavík www.happ.is T: 414 3060 10% discount on meals Bergsson Mathús Templarasund 3 101, Reykjavík www.bergsson.is T: 571 1822 10% discount on Mediterranean food from local ingredients Bergsson RE Mediterranean food from local ingredients Grandagarður 16, Reykjavík T: 571 0822 www.bergsson.is 10% discount on meals

Reykjavík Bike Tours bike and segway tours Ægisgarður 7, Reykjavík www.icelandbike.com T: 694 8956 10% discount on guided bike and segway tours and bike rental

Laugar Spa Sundlaugavegur 30, Reykjavík - Laugardalur Reykjavík www.laugarspa.is T: 533 1177 10% discount on spa treatments

Bio Paradis - Art House Cinema Hverfisgata 54, Reykjavík T: 412 7711 www.bioparadis.is 10% discount on refreshments in the Cinema Bistro

Ísbúðin Laugalæk Laugalækur 8, Reykjavík www.facebook.com/ isbudinlaugalaek T: 561 2244 10% discount on ice cream and hot dog meals

Frú Lauga – Farmers´Market Laugalækur 6, Reykjavík www.fraulauga.is T: 5347165 10% discount on locally produced dairy products, vegetables and meat

Loft HI Hostel Bankastræti 7, Reykjavík T: 553 8140 15% discount on coffee drinks, tea and cakes

Íshestar Sörlaskeið 26, Hafnarfjörður www.ishestar.is T: 555 7000 10% discount on Lava tours Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall Austurbakki 2, Reykjavík www.harpa.is/expo T: 528 5050  20% discount on admission to The Iceland Expo Pavillion 360° cinematic experience Laugar Café Sundlaugavegur 30, Reykjavík - Laugardalur www.worldclass.is/laugar-cafe T: 533 1213 10% discount on meals

Downtown HI Hostel Vesturgata 7, Reykjavík T: 553 8140 15% discount on coffee drinks and tea Reykjavík City HI Hostel Sundlaugarvegur 34, Reykjavík - Laugardalur T: 553 8110 15% discount on coffee drinks, tea and cakes Reykjavík Eco Campsite Sundlaugarvegur 34, Reykjavík - Laugardalur T: 553 8110 15% discount on coffee drinks and tea and 10% discount on bike rental during summer

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Akureyri

Árbót GPS: 65° 41,468’N, 18° 6,433’W

For a lively, urban scene within a small city, head to colourful Akureyri, the capital of the north. With 18,000 inhabitants, it is Iceland’s second largest city and offers all the culture, art, and culinary delights you could ask for. Situated at the peak of Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord, edging on the Arctic Circle, Akureyri is a low-key, yet lively place to enjoy culture and explore the surrounding nature. Hlíðarfjall is just minutes from the city, a fantastic area for skiing in winter and hiking in summer. Akureyri HI Hostel is located close to the centre of the city, with lovely bungalows and a small cabin available in addition to the hostel’s comfortable rooms.

Akureyri Stórholt 1 603 Akureyri Tel: (354) 894 4299 akureyri@hostel.is

Open 4/110/12

GPS: 65° 54,683’N, 17° 24,322’W

Tucked away east of the river Laxá, 18 kilometres from Húsavík, is Árbót HI Hostel. Árbót is the perfect place to discover what life is like in rural Iceland. Learn what it’s like to raise cattle, horses, and sheep. The hostel is also a great base for exploring the nearby attractions and the geological wonders of Lake Mývatn, volcanoes, hots springs, solfatara fields, bizarre lava formations and more. Staying at Árbót HI Hostel will allow you to experience traditional Icelandic farm life without giving up the comforts of Wi-Fi or hot showers. Open 1/430/9

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How to get there Road no. 1 goes through Akureyri and the hostel is visible on the left hand side a few minutes after entering the town coming from the direction of Reykjavík.

Árbót Aðaldalur 641 Húsavík Tel: (354) 464 3677 • 894 6477 arbot@hostel.is

How to get there Árbót is located about 17 km south of Húsavík on route 85. The drive from road 85 and to the hostel is 4 km to the east.

Nearest Hostels Berg 11 km • Akureyri 80 km

Nearest Hostels Dalvík 44 km • Berg 83 km

Berg

Kópasker GPS: 66° 18,112’N, 16° 26,800’W

Open 15/510/9

How to get there Berg is located 20 km south of Húsavík on route 85, by road 852. It is only 7 km from the main road to the west. (Not to be confused with Björg Guesthouse).

20 Nearest Hostels Akureyri 83 km • Árbót 11 km

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On the coast of Öxarfjörður Bay, you’ll discover the small and friendly village of Kópasker. As the gateway to the north-east’s wilderness, Kópasker is a prime location for exploring the natural wonders in the area of Vatnajökull National Park, such as Ásbyrgi, Hljóðaklettar, and Dettifoss. In 1976, Kópasker in particular suffered from a large earthquake, which you can learn about at the Earthquake Centre. If you are more inclined towards wildlife, bird-watching is particularly lively in the area, especially by Melrakkaslétta Peninsula. Kópasker HI Hostel offers quality accommodation with tidy rooms and friendly atmosphere. Open 1/515/10

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In Northeast Iceland, at the edge of the lava field Aðaldalshraun, lies one of the most naturally diverse locations the northern hemisphere has to offer. In Sandur, Aðaldalur, it seems that no matter which way you turn, you are surrounded by lush birch trees, thriving bird life, and stunning views of dramatic mountains and lava formations. Head to Skjálfandi Bay for sublime whale watching, and don’t miss the gorgeous Goðafoss waterfall and the gems of Jökulsárgljúfur National Park: Dettifoss, Ásbyrgi, and Hljóðaklettar. All can easily be reached from Berg HI Hostel, located at the foot of the lava field in Sandur.

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GPS: 65° 57,349’N, 17° 32,701’W

Berg, Sandur Aðaldalur • 641 Húsavík Tel: (354) 464 3777 • 894 6477 berg@hostel.is

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Kópasker Akurgerði 7, 670 Kópasker Tel.: (354) 465 2314/ 861 2314 hostel@kopasker.is

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How to get there Kópasker in on road 85 in the north-east. The way to the hostel is clearly marked when entering the town.

Nearest Hostels Berg 116 km • Ytra Lón 85 km

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Húsey

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GPS: 65° 37,961’N, 14° 16,599’W

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If you’ve always wanted to know what life would be like on a rural farm in the north-east of Iceland, Húsey will more than surpass your expectations. Take the scenic 30 kilometres’ drive from the main road, alongside the picturesque Jökulsá á Brú, the longest glacial river in eastern Iceland. Don’t miss the chance to stay at the cosy, pastoral Húsey HI Hostel, located in an area rife with fauna. Hike the nearby trails for plentiful bird watching. Rent a horse for a two hour ride to sealwatching at 10.00 and 17.00 o´clock to watch seals sunbathe in the river. Be sure to bring your own supplies as Húsey is as remote as it gets.

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Húsey Fljótsdalshérað 701 Egilsstaðir Tel: (354) 471 3010/695 8832 husey@simnet.is

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How to get there Husey is located away from busy roads and towns, ca. 30 km from the main road. You need to take road no. 925, then road no. 926. Pick-up from Egilsstaðir can be arranged for a reasonable fee.

Nearest Hostels Reyðarfjörður 86 km • Seyðisfjörður 83 km

Seyðisfjörður GPS: 65° 15,970’N, 14° 0,757’W

East Iceland is possibly Iceland’s best kept secret. An enchanting region characterised by deep and narrow fjords, vegetation, and widespread forestry, as well as beautiful mountains and highlands. Anyone who likes hiking, outdoor adventures, or simply filling their lungs with unbelievably

picturesque nature in all directions, and beautiful sights. In the summer months, the east of Iceland becomes a creative hub for artists and young people from around Iceland and abroad, while the season of autumn brings its marvellous colours, not forgetting winter which has its own

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Historically a trading centre and fishing village, Seyðisfjörður is cradled at the end of a long fjord and sheltered by impressive snow-capped mountains. With gushing waterfalls, and vibrantly coloured timber houses, the sight of Seyðisfjörður is as if from a painting; a logical location for the internationally acclaimed TV series Trapped. Appropriately, the art scene is rich with galleries, museums, and arts and crafts markets. Don’t miss the bold, blue church that holds concerts regularly, or the good variety of restaurants; ranging from cafés to the more elegant Nordic Restaurant, and Norð Austur Sushi & Bar. Be sure to stay at Seyðisfjörður Hafaldan HI Hostel located in the Harbour Building or the Old Hospital that now prides itself on a new sauna.

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Seyðisfjörður Hostel Hafaldan • Suðurgata 8 710 Seyðisfjörður Tel: (354) 611 4410 seydisfjordur@hostel.is

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How to get there Seyðisfjörður is situated 27 km from Egilsstaðir by road no. 93. The hostel is located in 2 buildings in the town. Please see address for reception.

Nearest Hostels Reyðarfjörður 59 km • Húsey 83 km

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GPS: 65° 1,968’N, 14° 12,011’W

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Located next to Iceland’s widest eastern fjord, Reyðarfjörður is a serene town with its past entrenched in Norwegian whale hunting and British occupation. Nowadays, it is a lovely place to relax, hike, fish, and take in the powerful beauty of nature. Stroll up to the cascading Búðará waterfall, walk along 'Love Lane' to the town’s centre, or enjoy Belgian waffles at the café Hjá Marlín, located in the main house of the HI Hostel. For outdoor activities, the hostel provides you with information and a hiking map. Reyðarfjörður HI Hostel is close to Hólmanes, which is a prime location for outdoor activities. Open all year

Reyðarfjörður Vallargerði 9 730 Reyðarfjörður Tel: (354) 892 0336 reydarfjordur@hostel.is

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How to get there From road no. 1 turn onto road no. 92, or alternatively for those coming from the south, take road no. 96 and then no. 92.

Nearest Hostels Seyðisfjörður 59 km • Berunes 87 km

Berunes Everything that makes Iceland interesting to visit can be found in South Iceland all year around. The South has some of the country’s most diverse nature. It is therefore quite difficult to describe this part of the country in few words since geothermal areas, glacial rivers, black sands, lava fields, vast

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With a spectacular mountain range on one side and a tranquil seafront on the other, Berunes truly has the best of both worlds. Berunes offers beautiful vistas and unbeatable hiking opportunities. Stay at the charming Berunes HI Hostel, located on the north side of Berufjörður fjord. Here, you will find a large collection of books, as well as free Wi-Fi. Relax, enjoy the remote location, read a book or make the most of the various hiking routes in the area. Not only is Berunes a fantastic place to stay close to the ring road, but also a tranquil destination in and of itself.

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meadows, marshes, farmlands, lakes of all sorts, untouched highlands, and long black beaches. To name a few. Rich in history and culture, events from the sagas are remembered in many ways along the coast and numerous museums in the area celebrate Icelandic customs and heritage. With much of the country’s agricultural products coming from the area, the South is also a fine testimony to Icelandic restaurant culture.

How to get there Berunes is 300m from road no. 1 on the east side of the fjord Berufjörður, directly opposite the town of Djúpivogur.

Nearest Hostels Höfn 140 km • Reyðarfjörður 87 km

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Höfn

Vík GPS: 63° 25,399’N, 19° 0,551’W

Open all year

Höfn Hvannabraut 3 780 Höfn Tel: (354) 478 1736 hofn@hostel.is

Open all year

How to get there Höfn is located on road no. 1. The hostel is at Hvannabraut 3, which is on the left hand side shortly after you enter the town.

Nearest Hostels Vagnsstaðir 50 km • Berunes 140 km

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The southernmost village in Iceland, Vík is as charming as they get. Visit the endless black sand beach along the south coast and enjoy the rich birdlife all over. Nearby attractions include Reynisfjara beach, with its magical basalt rock formations, and Dyrhólaey, a massive arch that the sea has eroded from the mainland. Vík HI Hostel offers stellar service and comfortable accommodation. Day tours are also available from the hostel, such as trips to marvel at the beauty of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, hiking tours through the Remundargil canyon, as well as a hiking tour to explore the first Viking tomb. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, zipline and paragliding tours are also available during warmer months.

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The lively fishing town and commercial centre of Höfn offers visitors a glimpse into the many aspects of Icelandic life. Enveloped by the sea, as well as Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, this scenic town is a paradise for photographers. Stay at Höfn HI Hostel, which offers stunning views of the village. Höfn is perfectly situated on the south-east corner of Iceland, and is a wonderful base for exploring surrounding glaciers and other natural wonders. Known as the langoustine capital of Iceland, Höfn offers unique culinary experiences. If you’re visiting in summer, don’t miss the annual Humarhátíð, a lively festival that celebrates the local langoustine with music and dancing.

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GPS: 64° 15,060’N, 15° 12,359’W

Vík Norður-Vík, 870 Vík Tel: (354) 487 1106/ 867 2389 vik@hostel.is

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How to get there The hostel is located only 300 metres from road no. 1 that goes through the town of Vík.

Nearest Hostels Skógar 32 km • Vagnsstaðir 215 km

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GPS: 64° 10,947’N, 15° 48,592’W

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At the heart of Vatnajökull National Park lies Vagnsstaðir HI Hostel. Only 26 kilometres from the picturesque Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, with the Atlantic Ocean, staggering mountains, and the glacier-capped volcano Öræfajökull surrounding the hostel, Vagnsstaðir HI Hostel couldn’t be better situated. Rest your head in this cosy place, located conveniently by the main road. Take a short walk to the shore to be mesmerised by the Atlantic’s thundering waves, plentiful birdlife, and sunbathing seals. Snowmobile and super jeep tours up to the towering Vatnajökull glacier can also be arranged from the hostel. The hostel is open throughout the year and offers adventure tours to explore ice caves and northern lights during the winter months. Open all year

Vagnsstaðir Suðursveit, 781 Suðursveit Tel: (354) 478 1048 • 854 3133 vagnsstadir@hostel.is

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Nearest Hostels Höfn 50 km • Vík 215 km

If you’d like to experience the wonders of nature’s beauty, Skógar is the place for you. With wide-open green acres and trees paralleled with glaciers, black sand beaches, rolling mountains, and cascading waterfalls, it is no wonder that this area is so popular with tourists and locals alike. Stay at the quaint Skógar HI Hostel, a renovated school house, and enjoy the surrounding beauty. Explore the nearby Skógafoss, one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, or discover the scenic hiking path to Þórsmörk Nature Reserve with its endless waterfalls and beautiful scenery. Open all year

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Skógar 861 Hvolsvöllur Tel: (354) 487 8801 • 651 0050 Fax: (354) 487 8955 skogar@hostel.is Nearest Hostels Vík 32 km • Fljótsdalur 53 km

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Vestmannaeyjar

Árnes

GPS: 63° 26,439’N, 20° 16,095’W

You haven’t seen Iceland until you have visited Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands). One of Iceland’s best kept secrets, Vestmannaeyjar is composed of 14 small islands, of which only Heimaey is inhabited. Take the ferry Herjólfur from the mainland to explore this archipelago filled with volcanoes, magical birdlife, and out-of-this-world landscapes. This is the largest puffin colony in the world; go to Stórhöfði viewpoint to enjoy a fantastic view of the birds and landscape alike - a sight not to be missed. Visit Eldheimar, an award winning exhibition on the dramatic eruption that took place in 1973. Vestmannaeyjar HI Hostel has excellent facilities and a relaxed vibe.

Sunnuhóll Vestmannabraut 28 900 Vestmannaeyjar Tel: (354) 481 2900 Fax: (354) 481 1696 vestmannaeyjar@hostel.is

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How to get there There are daily flights between Reykjavík and the Westman Islands. A ferry runs scheduled trips between Landeyjahöfn and the Westman Islands every day.

Located close to major attractions on the south coast, Árnes HI Hostel is an excellent basecamp for travellers. Þjórsárdalur valley, dominated by the staggering volcano Hekla, is nearby. The landscape in this valley includes striking volcanic fields with smooth foothills and jagged rock formations and the beautiful lava-formed Hjálparfoss and Háifoss waterfalls. Also close by Árnes is the reconstructed Viking-era farmstead, Þjóðveldisbærinn, based on the excavated farm of Stöng. Landmannalaugar is a popular attraction, just 80 km from the hostel; the area is a nature reserve in the highlands on the edge of Laugahraun lava field, known for its geothermal hot springs, colourful mountains, and geological formations. Open 1/41/10

Árnes 801 Selfoss Tel: (354) 486 6048 • 861 2645 Fax: (354) 486 6091 arnes@hostel.is

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How to get there Árnes is located about 22 km from road no. 1. You need to take road no. 30 and then road no 32.

Nearest Hostels Laugarvatn 47 km • Selfoss 42 km

Fljótsdalur

Laugarvatn GPS: 63° 42,886’N, 19° 43,950’W

Fljótsdalur Fljótshlíð • 861 Hvolsvöllur Tel: (354) 487 8498 • 487 8497 fljotsdalur@hostel.is

28 Nearest Hostels Skógar 53 km • Selfoss 75 km

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How to get there Fljótsdalur is at the end of road no. 261, 27 km from Hvolsvöllur. The last 8 km is a gravel road; it is suitable for two-wheel drive cars except for the last 100m up the hill.

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At the heart of the Golden Circle area, with its highlights Þingvellir, Gullfoss, and Geysir, lies the village of Laugarvatn. This is a prime location for exploring the many nearby attractions. Of the same name, Laugarvatn is also a hot spring lake. Visit the geothermal baths Laugarvatn Fontana down by the lake and relax in the steam rooms built over natural hot springs and seize the opportunity to swim where the hots spring water flows into the cold lake. Laugarvatn HI Hostel offers a great variety of rooms, excellent facilities, and lovely views. Also, be sure to bring your hiking boots for the many nearby trails, for example in the lovely birch forest by the roots of Mt. Laugarvatnsfjall.

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Head to Fljótsdalur HI Hostel for a glimpse of the simpler life in Iceland and stay in the renovated, century-old, turf-roofed farmhouse. Being here is like stepping back in time to a life before smartphones and tablets - even the shower is out in the garden! From the house, you can admire the beauty of Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. There are a number of hiking opportunities for all levels; the most popular path is the four hour roundtrip up Þórólfsfell mountain. The hostel has an impressive library of books in English on all things Icelandic, a proper haven for bookworms.

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GPS: 64° 13,086’N, 20° 43,982’W

Laugarvatn Dalsel • Dalbraut 10 840 Laugarvatn Tel: (354) 899 5409 • 486 1215 laugarvatn@hostel.is Nearest Hostels Selfoss 40 km • Árnes 47 km

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How to get there Laugarvatn HI Hostel is situated on road no. 37, approx. 50 km from road no. 1. Take route 36 past Þingvellir and then road 365 to Laugarvatn.

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While exploring the natural wonders of southern Iceland, head to Gaulverjaskóli to enjoy life in the beautiful landscape of the lowlands. Take in the peaceful, agricultural atmosphere while enjoying panoramic views and plentiful bird-watching opportunities. Gaulverjaskóli HI Hostel is in a charming, renovated school building, perfect for relaxing or exploring nearby gems, such as Þórsmörk Nature Reserve, Landmannalaugar, and the Golden Circle area. Also within driving distance are the spectacular Mt. Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. Open 1/21/10

Gaulverjaskóli 801 Selfoss - rural Tel: (354) 551 0654 Gsm: (354) 767 2654 gaulverjaskoli@hostel.is

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A former home for the elderly and now a super cosy South Central HI Hostel is located in a green lush haven in the southwest of Iceland. Close to Iceland´s most popular tourist routes such as the Golden Circle, Þjórsárdalur and Landmannalaugar. The surroundings of the hostel are quiet and beautiful which makes the hostel a perfect base to explore these districts of Iceland. South Central HI Hostel offers a range of accommodation: beds in shared dorm rooms, private rooms with shared bathroom, and a private apartment with up to six available beds. A hot tub is also accessible and breakfast is served throughout the year. Open all year

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How to get there From road no. 1 take road no. 33 east of Selfoss. Coming from Eyrarbakki, you follow road no. 33. It is also possible to get there straight from Keflavik Airport by taking Suðurstrandarvegur, approx. 114 km.

Nearest Hostels Selfoss 14 km • Árnes 54 km

South Central Blesastaðir 801 Selfoss Tel: (354) 663 4666 southcentral@hostel.is

How to get there South Central HI Hostel is located by road nr. 30, about 7 km away from the ringroad nr. 1.

Nearest Hostels Selfoss 40 km • Gaulverjaskóli 54 km • Árnes 46 km

Selfoss

Eyrarbakki GPS: 63° 56,216’N, 20° 59,631’W

While exploring Iceland’s ring road, don’t miss Selfoss, the south’s largest town and crucial trade centre. While visiting sites such as Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir, recharge your batteries at the lovely Selfoss HI Hostel, conveniently located by the main road in Selfoss. Don’t miss the town’s great geothermal swimming pool with three slides, hot pots and sauna, or the culinary delights of Tryggvaskáli. Take advantage of Selfoss’s plentiful supermarkets if you are heading to more remote areas, or visit the quaint Bobby Fischer Center, especially if you are interested in chess. Open all year

Selfoss Austurvegur 28 • 800 Selfoss Tel: (354) 660 6999/ 482 1600 selfoss@hostel.is 30

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GPS: 63° 51,759’N, 21° 8,965’W

If you came to Iceland to get away from it all and immerse yourself in nature and authentic Icelandic culture, the quaint coastal village of Eyrarbakki is an ideal place to spend a few days or even longer. Enjoy horseback riding on the beach, kayaking in the lagoons, or exploring a lava-tube cave. See a traditional rowing ship at the Maritime Museum, or journey through time at the Árnessýsla Heritage Museum, located in a beautifully preserved wooden house from 1765. Treat yourself to some of the best seafood in Iceland at Rauða Húsið restaurant, or simply stroll down the seaside path and watch the seabirds. Many of Iceland’s most famous attractions are less than an hour away and the friendly staff at Bakki HI Hostel & Apartments are happy to help you make the most of your visit. Open all year

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How to get there Selfoss is located on road no. 1. Selfoss HI Hostel is located on the main street that runs through the town.

Nearest Hostels Eyrarbakki 12 km • Gaulverjaskóli 14 km

Bakki Hostel & Apartments Eyrargata 51-53 • 820 Eyrarbakki Tel: (354) 788 8200 eyrarbakki@hostel.is

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How to get there On the main road in the town of Eyrarbakki, 10 minutes from Selfoss and road no. 1.

Nearest Hostels Gaulverjaskóli 16 km • Selfoss 13 km • Laugarvatn 52 km

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