Seydisfjordur hostel Hafaldan is located in Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland. The fjord is surrounded by majestic mountains on all sides and is rich with natural curiosities including puffin colonies in the nature reserve, Skálanes, located in the opening of the fjord, 19 km from the town centre. The town is known for a blooming art scene with Skaftfell, the centre of visual art that facilitates an art residency program all year round, the Technical museum and the vibrant Lunga art festival in July with workshops and concerts. Outdoor adventures include hiking, sea Kayaking and a mountain bike rental. A local fisherman takes groups out for sea angling on request. The hostel offers assistance in booking for all these experiences.

The hostel is housed in two distinctive and atmospheric wooden buildings; Hafaldan Harbour & Hafaldan old Hospital. Hafaldan Harbour is located a short drive from the town centre. It offers small and cosy rooms with antique furniture and amazing fjord views from the dining room. Hafaldan old Hospital is located in the town centre, in a 100 year old Norwegian building. It has recently been renovated and offers great common facilities and spacious rooms. This is where you find the Reception for both buildings.

With only 600 inhabitants Seyðisfjörður is a friendly place with a community of artists, musicians and craftspeople. Youll find nice restaurants, arts and craft markets, galleries and museums and major outdoor experience and natural attractions that shouldn’t be missed.

Every week the ferry Norröna docks in Seydisfjordur, connecting Iceland and continental Europe.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Sightseeing
  • Relaxing

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Seyðisfjörður Hostel was one of my favorites in Iceland. The staff was very warm and inviting. The building had a lot of character. Overall, it was just a pleasant and easy-going place to stay. The town itself is small, but has a lot of character. I would absolutely stay here again.


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Fri 24 Oct 2014

Nice place, especially the common room but a little bit expensive for the size of the bed room and the construction of the house.


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Mon 13 Oct 2014