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

  • Nature-lovers
  • Relaxing
  • Sightseeing
  • Eco-tourism

Green rating



The owner was very helpful with laundry, which of course was a very generous favor. We really appreciated this extra effort.


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Mon 06 Oct 2014

Accueillis par le mari dont la femme a délégué l'accueil en son absence donc aucune réponse à nos questions (ne comprend pas bien l'anglais) et un vrai combat pour qu'il nous rende la monnaie suite à paiement en espèce. Les lits sont horribles et tout est sale


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Tue 23 Sep 2014