Hostels in Reykjavik

Hostels in Reykjavik

Choose from the largest selection of cheap hostels in Reykjavik. Spend your time in the vibrant city centre and make friends along the way

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Top 5 hostels in Reykjavik

For those on a budget, hostels are the best bet. A wealth of travelers coming to Iceland seek to minimize the cost of their trip. Therefore, there is a thriving hostel industry in the country. The following is our list of the Top 5 Hostels in Reykjavik.

5. Galaxy Pod Hostel

For cheap but very unique accommodation, look no further than Galaxy Pod Hostel. While standard beds are available for a lower price, you can elect to instead sleep within a Japanese-style 'pod,' a small contained unit with a bed, mirror, privacy curtain, shelf, and locker. More comfortable and private than an open dorm, these pods also reflect the quirky originality that Icelanders exhibit.

4. Reykjavík City Hostel

Located at Laugardalur park, is Reykjavík City Hostel. Although an hour’s walk from the downtown area, it is right beside the largest swimming pool in Iceland, Laugardalslaug, as well as the Family Park and Zoo and the botanical gardens. It is also the best place to stay for those who want indoor accommodation right next to Secret Solstice, although you will need to book well in advance if this is your plan.

3. Bus Hostel

About half an hour's walking distance from Reykjavík’s downtown is Bus Hostel, a quirky and noticeably affordable place out of the city’s hustle and bustle. With private rooms and dorms holding up to twenty-four people, it caters perfectly to those on a budget, whether they want their own space or are happy to share.

Though its location is not central, it is very close to the pleasant public park Klambratun, the restaurant and sightseeing location and museum of Perlan, and the inner-city forest of Oskjuhlid.

2. Loft Hostel

Loft Hostel is located very close to the downtown area on Laugavegur shopping street. Clean, modern, and cozy, its bar is a great place to meet new people. It is trendy amongst tourists and locals, particularly in summer, due to its balcony (something few Icelandic bars have). The common room hosts events open to all ranging from concerts, ‘swap-and-drop’ clothing drives, or stand-up comedy shows.

1. KEX Hostel

Located in an old biscuit factory, KEX Hostel has an unusual vibe, with its crumbling walls and unconventional layout. Even so, it has all modern amenities and every kind of lodging, from private double rooms to twenty-person dormitories. This hostel’s main appeal over others is its active live music scene. There are jazz nights every week, and events such as the Reykjavik Airwaves use it as their venue.

BONUS: The most unique place to stay in Reykjavik

The Reykjavik Domes are a unique and spectacular choice of accommodation just outside the capital, based in luxurious tents in the landscapes overlooking Mount Esja. Anyone seeking to immerse themselves in Icelandic nature in an unconventional but comfortable way should grab this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Frequently asked questions

Can I book a cheap hostel in the centre of Reykjavik?

Reykjavik has the most extensive accommodation base in all of Iceland. Therefore, you will certainly be able to find a hostel at a lower price than the regular one. We encourage you to check places a little further from the city centre and make reservations in advance as soon as possible. The best options in the most convenient locations quickly disappear from the market, especially when you are planning a summer vacation in Iceland.

Which districts of Reykjavik are the best if I plan a hostel accommodation and a guided tour the next day?

There is no better place than the centre of Reykjavik if you are planning a guided tour the next day. District 101, as well as part of areas 102 and 104, are considered the very centre of the capital. Also, this is where the most popular trips to the southern coast, the Golden Circle, or the Snaefellsnes Peninsula begin. To use the easiest way to be picked up for a guided tour, book a hostel near the Hallgrimskirkja church or Laugavegur shopping street.

What types of rooms are offered by hostels in Reykjavik?

Most hostels in Reykjavik offer dormitory rooms for 4 to 8 people. Triple or double rooms with shared or private bathrooms are also an option, depending on the property. In dormitory rooms, it is possible to reserve a bed instead of the entire room, especially when you travel alone.

How do I get to the hostel in Reykjavik after landing at Keflavik International Airport?

The easiest way to get from the Keflavik International Airport to the capital is by bus to the BSI station in Reykjavik. From there you can go by taxi or city bus to your hostel. After landing, you'll see at least two places in the arrival hall where you can buy bus tickets to Reykjavik. You can also do it online in advance - you'll get the best prices and guaranteed availability. Another option is to go by rented car, which you can pick up after arrival in Iceland. Traveling by taxi from the airport to Reykjavik is the most expensive way.

Is bed linen included in the price when I book a hostel in Reykjavik or do I need to take a sleeping bag?

In many hostels, bed linen is included in the price of the reservation, but some accommodation offers it at an additional cost. In this case, it is worth checking the hostel policies in advance and bring your sleeping bag if it is accepted. Check out the description of amenities offered by hostels in Reykjavik on our accommodation page.

Do hostels in Reykjavik offer free parking, free WiFi and local breakfast?

Free breakfast and parking are offered at some hostels in Reykjavik, but this is not a standard amenities. You will probably have to pay for parking in the city centre because most of the accommodation in this part of the capital does not have private parking lots. You will find free WiFi in most hostels in Iceland. If breakfast is not included, you can buy it for an additional fee.

When should I book a hostel in Reykjavik to get the best price?

Due to the popularity of Reykjavik with travellers, the best time to book a hostel in Iceland's capital is 6-8 months before the summer season and 4-5 months before winter. Accommodation options are in demand, so you'll need to book in advance to get the best value.

Should I book a hostel in Reykjavik if I'm a solo traveller? Are hostels in Iceland safe?

Iceland is in the Global Peace Index ranking as the safest country in the world. Travelling around the island is easy, pleasant, and safe for solo travellers. Of course, minor incidents can happen, as in any other capital in the world, but Reykjavik is the perfect place to stop without fear. If you have valuable items and want to be sure that they will not fall into the wrong hands, you can store them in the lockers offered by the hostel.