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Gnúpverjahreppur, Árnes, 801, Iceland

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Overall Rating 89%

From 16 Reviews

Hostel rating (16)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 94%
Cleanliness 88%
Location 85%
Security 90%
Service 91%
Comfort 86%
Green rating 81%

Árnes hostel is close to some of the most popular attractions in the South of Iceland such as Þjórsárdalur, Landmannalaugar, Gullfoss and Geysir.

  • Dorm
    From $43.02
  • Private
    From $122.37
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Árnes Hostel

Hostel Árnes

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

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. The Secret Lagoon is only 17 km away from the hostel.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 8 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 4 stay free.
  • Children under the age of 13 qualify for a discount on the advertised price at check-in.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of ISK 700 - 1400 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi - Charges Apply

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Currency Exchange
  • Cycle Storage
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 01 Apr to 01 Oct

From 14:00 to 22:00
From 16:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 354-486-6048 / 861-2645

Fax. 354-486-6091

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Landmannalaugar (More than 10km)
  • Stöng (More than 10km)
  • Many waterfalls (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



The lady who checked us in was very friendly, explaining in detail the sights around the area and routes we should take --and we hadn't even asked! By far the friendliest we'd come across on our travels in Iceland. She'd also made changes to our room arrangements so that we would be in a more comfortable room. The hostel felt like a nice home. It wasn't the best hostel we stayed in in Iceland but it was a pleasant stay


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Sun 16 Jul 2017

Très bon accueil et informations données sur la région. Appartement spacieux et bien équipé. Bien placé.


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Sun 09 Jul 2017


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Golf course (More than 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (5 to 10km)
  • Local market (5 to 10km)
  • Mountainous Area (More than 10km)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (5 to 10km)
  • Restaurants (5 to 10km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (5 to 10km)
  • Swimming pool (At or next to the hostel)
  • Supermarket / Food store (At or next to the hostel)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (5 to 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

During the summer time there are daily bus connections to Reykjavík.
Alternate Transport
Árnes is located about 22 km from road no. 1. To visit Árnes you take road no. 30 east of Selfoss and then road no. 32 appr.14 km from road no. 1. In front of the hostel
22km from road no. 1 take road no. 30 east of Selfoss then road no. 32 14km from road no. 1.

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