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801 Selfoss rural, Gaulverjabær, Iceland

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Overall Rating 96%

From 21 Reviews

Hostel rating (21)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 99%
Cleanliness 99%
Location 89%
Security 96%
Service 97%
Comfort 94%
Green rating 94%

Gaulverjaskóli Hostel is in a renovated school in the low-lying agricultural region of South Iceland. It is 114km from the airport.

  • Dorm
    From €33.78
  • Private
    From €84.81
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Gaulverjabær Hostel

Hostel Gaulverjabær

Welcome to our hostel

Gaulverjaskóli Hostel is in a renovated school in the low-lying agricultural region of south Iceland. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the panoramic view of the lowlands, the birdlife, the peace and quiet, and your own good company.

The Hostel has a well equipped guest kitchen and dining room and the comfortable rooms. Breakfast is available at the hostel and for dinner delicious Icelandic meatsoup is served with homemade bread. Other options are of course available for vegetarians.

Gaulverjaskóli is a convenient place to stay for those who want to explore the nature pearls in the South, both inland such as Þórsmörk, Landmannalaugar, Gullfoss and Geysir and along the South shore. There are short hiking trails close to the hostel, excellent for those interested in birdlife. In the nearest surrounding you can find the Tré og list art workshop where you can admire woodwork and other crafts, Urriðafoss waterfall, the cozy country store Sóley, a horse rental at a farm nearby and the villages of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki. Nearest hostels: Eyrarbakki 16 km, Árnes 45 km.


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
  • TV room


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning - In selected areas
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Smoking Area
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 01/02/2016 to 01/11/2016

From 11:00 to 17:00
From 17:00 to 21:00
From 17:00 to 21:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. (+354) 551 0654 / 865-2121 / 896-6719

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Magnificent mountain views and bird life (At or next to the hostel)
  • Day tour to the most beautiful spots in Iceland (More than 10km)
  • Clean and peaceful old renovated schoolhouse (At or next to the hostel)

See the full list of attractions



Had a great stay, lovely owners, good atmosphere and nice surroundings.


Avatar for Elke


Sat 07 May 2016

Not much could have been better in terms of service or cleanliness! Beds were a bit uncomfortable compared to other hostels we had stayed at, but I'm not sure what was the problem.


Avatar for Joshua


Fri 29 Apr 2016

I've been to 62 countries and all 7 continents. This hostel has one of the most friendly hosts I've ever met.


Avatar for Jason


Wed 23 Mar 2016

Good honest friendly people like you brings out the good in others. hope you have found the small thing that you had lost and are safe home. Always welcome to Hostel Gaulverjaskoli, best regards to your fiancee.

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Fri 25 Mar 2016

Very welcoming and lovely hosts. Very clean. Just 12 mins off the beaten track (road 1) but feels really remote, especially when foggy :) Will definitely return when I'm in the area.


Avatar for Christoph


Sat 19 Mar 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (3 to 5km)
  • City Centre (More than 10km)
  • Golf course (More than 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (5 to 10km)
  • Mountainous Area (More than 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (More than 10km)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (More than 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (5 to 10km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (More than 10km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (5 to 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (More than 10km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (More than 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Scheduled bus to Selfoss, 14km away. From Selfoss are no scheduled trips to the hostel.
Alternate Transport
To get to Gaulverjaskóli from the main road, route 1, take road no. 33., Plenty of free parking by the hostel
Plenty of free parking by the hostel.

Sustainability initiatives


  • Environmental cleaning


  • Energy saving lights
  • Insulation and ventilation systems
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency appliances
  • Double-glazing windows


  • Recycling areas
  • Composting


  • Water savers in toilet

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