Árnes is conveniently located close to all major tourist attractions in the South of Iceland, 90km from Reykjavík. The Árnes hostel is 30km from Þjórsárdalur, Valley of the river Þjórsá, through which three other rivers flow, with a landscape of sharp contrasts such as flourishing birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers and waterfalls.

The hostel prides itself on offering homely and relaxing accommodation. Next door to the Árnes hostel is a swimming pool and a restaurant, which provides lunch and dinner for individuals and groups.

In the area around the hostel there are good hiking trails. Waterfalls in the valley include Hjálparfoss and Háifoss. A flourishing farming community lived in þjórsárdalur after the settlement until the valley was swamped by ash from an eruption from Mount Hekla in AD1104. One of the ruined farms, Stöng, has been excavated and served as the model for the nearby Saga-Age farm reconstruction.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Sightseeing
  • Nature-lovers
  • Relaxing
  • Sports & Activities

Green rating



Location was difficult to find. Ideally, there would be a series of signs to guide travellers to the back of Arnes.


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Thu 24 Sep 2015

Really liked our stay in Arnes! The host told us some great places to eat and gave us discounts. We also checked out the Secret Lagoon in the next town over (10 min away) which was incredible! Hostel wasn't glamourous but was very clean, warm and cozy. Really enjoyed our stay!


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Mon 14 Sep 2015

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Tue 05 May 2015

Budget meal tip

Bring in groceries. For last minute items there is a small grocery/gas station store

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Tue 05 May 2015