Hostels in Reykjavik
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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!