Best Hostels in Reykjavik, IcelandWe tell you what; you won’t be disappointed with our chosen 3 best hostels in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is your insider guide to cool Reykjavik design hostels; for solo travellers, backpackers, and couples.

In fact, you won’t be disappointed with Reykjavik in general. The capital ‘city’ of 123,000 inhabitants is a true Nordic treasure.

Your shortcut:

  1. KEX Hostel – best hostel in Reykjavik for couples and solo-travellers
  2. Bus Hostel – best hostel in Reykjavik for Backpackers
  3. Galaxy Pod Hostel – best posh hostel in Reykjavik for flashpacker

There are a surprising number of hostels here in Reykjavik. We’ve strived to find you the best in town.

Guess what? Our #1 choice, KEX Hostel, just so happens to be a 5 star hostel.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Reykjavik.

Having travelled to Reykjavik ourselves – twice! – We’ve gone one step further by including a section of what you need to know before you go.

Happy commitment-free travellers should take some time to check out all of our 14 best hostels in Iceland and all our detailed guides to “best hostels in the world“.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s look at what else you can expect from this article:

Come on then, let’s go!

Quick Introduction to Reykjavik Hostels

How expensive is Reykjavik and Iceland: It may be no secret that Iceland is expensive. We’re here to let you know that from first-hand experience; it is! But we will try to provide cheap hostels in Reykjavik

You’ll notice that hostel prices are above average. Unfortunately, this is standard across the country.

Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 27€ up to 58€ per night. A private room in a hostel in Reykjavik can cost from 70€ up to 170€ per night for the complete room.

This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Hostel Quality: We are pleased to let you know, the hostels here are really cool. You find most of them obviously in the capital, but some Youth Hostels are dotted around the island too.

Top tip: Budget well when backpacking Iceland. Make the effort to buy and cook your own food to keep costs down. Bonus is oe budget supermarket. This way your money goes a longer way.

Location of hostels in Reykjavik: By the way, Reykjavik is small! As beautiful as the city is, it’s a great idea to familiarise yourself with where in Iceland the famous sights can be found.

A lot of the natural beauty is widespread, so it might be worth considering renting a car.

Or, if you’re feeling very adventurous, set off on a cycle tour around Iceland like our blogger Kelly did.

Lastly, it’s highly recommended to join a walking tour in Reykjavik.

Auður over at I Heart Reykjavik offers wonderful tours and tons of information about the city.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

The 3 best hostels in Reykjavik are:

  1. KEX Hostel – best hostel in Reykjavik for couples and solo-travellers
  2. Bus Hostel – best hostel in Reykjavik for Backpackers
  3. Galaxy Pod Hostel – best posh hostel in Reykjavik for flashpacker

1. KEX Hostel (5 Star Hostel)

KEX is the Icelandic word for “biscuit” and a super social hostel in Reykjavik: KEX Hostel.

Here’s how KEX describe the hostel:

Housed in an old biscuit factory Reykjavik downtown and furnished with salvaged materials and found objects from various places,

“KEX is an organic concept blending a vintage industrial feel with an eclectic, contemporary touch.”

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. This is without doubt the best hostel in Reykjavik, and the ONLY 5 star hostel in Iceland!

Every room imaginable is available – dorms (inc. Female only), private single, twin and double, plus family rooms.

KEX can accommodate 215 people at one time, wow! SO it is a seriously big hostel. If you like more neat and intimate backpacker hostels, keep scrolling too.

Good to know: cribs are available and children under 3 years stay for free.

Learn more and find out why KEX is awarded as a 5 star hostel. Link below.

Book KEX Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full Review

KEX Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Reykjavik, IcelandBoutique Hostels in Reykjavik; The KEX Hostel

What else is there to entice you?

  • 24-hour reception
  • Tourist info desk
  • Heated outdoor patio
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Old school gym

It’s easy to believe you’ll meet plenty of people at this hostel.

The warm, inviting bar and restaurant provide a perfect chill place to do just that.

There is a multi-functional hall – Gym and Tonic – is available for conferences, private parties, theatre plays etc.

Read: 13 Creative Design Ideas to steal!

The distance to nearby clubs, music venues and shops is also painless. In fact, Sæmundur Gastro pub is at the heart of KEX hostel.

This ‘not-quite-fancy yet swanky’ pub offers up Icelandic heritage grub, alongside delicious local and craft beer. It is very popular amongst locals!

KEX Hostel is slap bang in the centre of Reykjavik, with views across the bay to Mt. Esja.

KEX Hostel is the best hostel in Reykjavik for:

  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups

Learn more and find out why KEX is awarded as a 5 star hostel. Link below.

You can also check our Discounts and Promo Codes section for KEX Hostel promo code.

Book KEX Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full Review

KEX Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Reykjavik, Iceland

KEX Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Reykjavik, Iceland

2. Bus Hostel (The Backpackers choice)

Bus Hostel Reykjavik is an outstanding creative hostel in a quiet neighbourhood of Reykjavik. It is smaller than KEX, a bit more intimate.

The quirky, vintage design is something to be proud of. Get your Instagram ready folks!

There are dorm rooms including female-only. Choose between 4, 6, 10, 16 and 24-beds.

Private rooms are also available, with linen and towels included.

Important: Dorms are sleeping bag accommodations. Duvets can be rented for a small fee.

Update: The BUS Hostel got renovated in mid of 2018. They replaced their vintage style with a new, hip wooden style.

Book Bus Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Bus Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Reykjavik, IcelandStylish common area! Have a drink at the Bus Hostel Bar

This hostel has not one, but two kitchens. Everyone is encouraged to use the space and equipment. In the main lounge area, there’s a lovely cafe.

Sit and drink your coffee, marvel at the decor and enjoy the free WiFi.

By the way; reception is open 24-hours. We know you love that.

If you stay here, you’ll only be a 15-minute walk from Hallgrimskirkja, the tallest church in Iceland. Major bus routes in/out of Reykjavik are a few minutes from the hostel. It is located with the bus station that goes to the international airport.

Check out our fun Bus Hostel travel story here.

Bus Hostel is the best hostel Reykjavik can offer:

  • Backpackers
  • Solo-Travellers preferring smaller hostels
Book Bus Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Bus Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Reykjavik, Iceland

3. Galaxy Pod Hostel (out of this world accommodation)

The landscape in Iceland is pretty alien, and it’s the same for Galaxy Pod Hostel.

  • Space Pods? Check
  • Virtual reality? Check

All of the dorms are made up of pods in Galaxy Pod Hostel Reykjavik.

So whether you opt for the 4-bed or 24-bed, you’ll find comfort and privacy behind the provided curtain/door.

If you have never stayed in a hostel, and you want to try a hostel for the first time, make it Galaxy Pod Hostel.

Book Galaxy Pod Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Galaxy Pod Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Reykjavik, Iceland

You’ll also have a safe, locker, TV, fan, linen and USB charging point inside your out-of-this-world pod.

They’ve certainly thought of everything!

Read: what NOT to pack to stay at a hostel

Calling all solo women: there’s a female-only dorm with your name on it.

So what about social spaces? There are plenty, including:

  • Social lounge
  • Movie room
  • Self-service kitchen w/ vending machine
  • In-house bar

The lounge is super nice because of the Mountain View.

Good to know: Children under 12 years can share a bed with parents free of charge.

Reception has set hours, but you’ll be happy to know there is no curfew.

Families should visit the nearby Laugardalur just 15-minutes away.

There is a swimming pool there, football stadium, gym, tennis court, skating rink, a concert hall, a baseball field, a zoo and an amusement park.

The bars and nightlife are 15-minutes in the other direction.

Galaxy Pod Hostel is the best hostel in Reykjavik for:

  • Flashpacker
  • Groups
  • Families too

Seriously, this hostel is a top choice for families!

Book Galaxy Pod Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Galaxy Pod Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Reykjavik, IcelandGalaxy Pod Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Reykjavik, Iceland

Best Hostels in Reykjavik for Solo-Traveller?

Traveling solo to Iceland? Then opt-in for a top hostel for solo-travellers.

When you are into big, stylish hostels, we recommend KEX Hostel for female and male solo-travellers alike. It is super safe and hip, a top location, and really really social.

There is a tiny disadvantage though. KEX is fairly big. While it’s cosy and popular among locals, some solo-travellers might prefer small, and cosy hostels.

In this case, we recommend our #2, the Bus Hostel.

The location is still okay, it is very safe and at the same time smaller and more intimate. If you are more introverted, the BUS Hostel might be the better choice.

Read: 18 tips on how to build life time friendships in hostels

Book KEX Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full Review

Best Hostels in Reykjavik: KEX is for social butterflies

Having lunch at KEX Hostel

Best Hostels in Reykjavik for Female Solo Travellers

Female Solo-Travellers enjoying a chat and drink at BUS Hostel

Best Hostels in Reykjavik for Families

It is not every time we recommend hostels for families. There is some destinations we think hostels are not a good choice for families to stay.

Not so in Reykjavik.

There is two cool places to stay in Reykjavik for your lovely Family:

  • KEX Hostel
  • Galaxy Pod Hostel

KEX has the advantage of a games corner for the little ones. That is really great. On top, cribs for children until 3 years old are provided for free.

Galaxy Pod Hostel on the other hand has the advantage of the playful, fun hostel. Trust us: Your kids will LOVE sleeping inside a space ship.

On top of the unique beds, children under 12 years can share a bed with parents free of charge.

Hurray!

Our verdict? For kids between 3 and 12, stay at Galaxy Pod.

For kids under 3 years old, go with the KEX Hostel Iceland Reykjavik option.

What to know about Reykjavik

More hostels in Reykjavik worth a mention

We have shared to you the hostels that are close to our hearts but it doesn’t stop from there because we are giving you more options by offering more hostels in Reykjavik Iceland.

Please have a peek! These are great hostels Reykjavik  could offer.

  • Reykjavik Hostel Village
  • Reykjavik Loft HI Hostel
  • Reykjavik City HI Hostel
  • 101 Hostel
  • Hlemmur Square
  • Hostel B47

Reykjavik Hostel Village

Reykjavik Hostel Village is a family owned hostel located very closely to Reykjavik city centre and to the buses to Keflavik.

They have a total of 27 rooms with shared bathroom in every single floor. This is good for solo backpackers and solo travellers.

Take note that they also have private rooms for couples.

Enjoy their billiard board and football board with your friends and new found buddies!

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Terrace

Location: It is 1.5km away from Reykjavík Domestic Airport and 0.4 km away from attractions like Reykjavik Art Museum: Kjarvalsstadir and Hallgrímskirkja Church.

Book Reykjavik Hostel Villagel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Reykjavik Loft HI Hostel

Reykjavik Loft HI Hostel is one of the best party Reykjavik Iceland hostel. It has bar and a rooftop terrace with a city view.

They have music events, yoga classes, water painting and table football tournaments that you can enjoy with your friends and family.

The hostel has laundry facilities for your convenience.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Board game room

Location: Reykjavik Loft HI Hostel sits on the main shopping street so souvenirs or an inviting coffee are only a few steps away. Hallgrímskirkja (Reykjavík Cathedral) is a 5-minute walk.

Book Reykjavik Loft HI Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Reykjavik City HI Hostel

Reykjavik City HI Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Reykjavik and Iceland.  You can choose between mixed or female-only dorms and private double rooms. 

It is also considered to be one of the cheap hostels in Iceland Reykjavik.

The rooms were quite spacious with private locker. Rooms are clean, cosy and stylishly decorated with touches of authentic Nordic decor.

Reykjavik City Hostel provides list of interesting events for the following week for their guests.

You can do a lot of activities outdoors here at Loft Hi Hostel Reykjavik because they have picnic area, outdoor furniture, BBQ facilities, terrace and garden.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Coffee Bar

Location: Located in the heart of Laugardalur Park, next door to the national sport stadiums and Laugardalslaug, Iceland’s biggest thermal pool and spa. It’s a 30-minute walk to the city centre along the scenic Reykjavik coastline, or 10 minutes by bike or bus.

Book Reykjavik City HI Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

101 Hostel

Located on the main shopping street of Laugavegur, 101 Hostel provides bright, simple dorm rooms with shared bathroom facilities and balcony.

There is a swimming pool nearby that you can visit. Sundhöllin Swimming Pool is a 5 minutes’ walk. There is also a nearby attraction which is the Hallgrimskirkja Church is only 5 minutes’ walk from 101 Hostel. The hostel is next to the supermarket Bónus.

101 Hostel is a little Iceland Reykjavik hostel that you want to consider.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free parking
  • 24 hour Reception
  • Non-smoking room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free WiFi

Location: Saint Petersburg is 45 km from the hostel. The nearest airport is Pulkovo Airport, 69 km from Hostel 101.

Book 101 Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hlemmur Square

Hlemmur Square, hostel in Iceland Reykjavik is worth a try. It combines luxury hostel and upscale hotel accommodations under one roof.

One of the great hostels Reykjavik downtown. Hlemmur Square has too much to offer.  The rooms are spacious with seating areas, large lockers for every guest and black out curtains to help ensure your good night sleep during Iceland’s famous midnight sun.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Playroom

Location: Located in city centre, Hlemmur Square is 38 km away from Reykjavík Keflavík Airport and less than 1 km away from Laugavegur Shopping Street, Reykjavik Art Museum, Hallgrímskirkja Church and Solfar Sun Voyager .

Book Hlemmur Square here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hostel B47

Want to stay in something that is historical? Hostel B47 is perfect for you!

Hostel B47 is a historical hostel in Reykjavik Iceland. It is in the historical house Heilsuverndarstodin.

The room nicely decorated and spacious, the beds are comfortable. The halls have a lot of different paintings on the walls which is nice.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guest

Location: Reykjavík’s landmark Hallgrímskirkja Church is 200 m away from Hostel B47. Sundhöllin public swimming pool is next door to B47.

Book Hostel B47 here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Any Discounts or Promo Codes?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts or Promo Codes for hostels in Reykjavik.

We are working on getting promo codes for KEX Hostel Reykjavik, BUS Hostel and all the other great hostels in Reykjavik.

Subscribe to our newsletter. Here we share our newest promo codes for best hostels and best hotels in Reykjavik Iceland.

You can always get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.

Map of 3 Best Hostels in Reykjavik Location + Sights

This map is designed to make your travel planning even easier. All of the hostels are pinpointed, along with top things to see and do in Reykjavik.

As we mentioned before; Reykjavik is small considering it’s a capital city.

It’s highly recommended you venture outside and discover the Golden Circle.

Of course it’s possible during the winter to spot the Northern Lights – we hope you get lucky!

Awesome tours from Reykjavik and sights are:

  1. South of Iceland Full Day Tour
  2. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Tour
  3. Whale Watching Tour
  4. Puffin Watching Boat Tour
  5. Sun Voyager
  6. Laugardalslaug
  7. The Icelandic Phallological Museum
  8. Hallgrimskirkja
  9. The National Gallery of Iceland / Listasafn Íslands
  10. Tjörnin

Our 5 Local Tips for Reykjavik

Alright, since we have your accommodation in Reykjavik sorted out, let’s check what’s there to do.

Reykjavik is the cultural center of Iceland, the land of fire and ice, famous for its colorful buildings in an eclectic design. Make sure you start your Iceland experience on the right foot.

The most northern capital of the world is a beautiful, cosy city and the perfect starting point to get a glimpse of the Icelandic lifestyle.

1. Flea Market Kolaportið (e.g. for Shark Meat)

At the Fleat Market you will find all kind of people selling many different things – new and 2nd hand.

Check out the food section for some traditional Icelandic food. The shark meat is probably the most interesting Icelandic food you can discover. It is believed that shark meat is very healthy and cures several different diseases.

For Opening hours, please visit the Official website Kolaportid Flea Market here.

Address: downtown by the Reykjavik harbour

2. Pool and Spa Laugardalslaug

Of course you want to check out a Spa, don’t you? Reykjavik and Iceland is famous for them. Check out the Spa Laugardalslaug. Remember to pack a towel.

The entrance costs only 600 kr but if you need to rent a towel you pay 550 kr extra.

And hey, we highly recommend to check out the salt water hot tub in the far left corner.

Address: Sundlaugarvegur 30, 105 Reykjavik, Iceland

3: The Boston Bar

SKAL! Another great bar featuring an antique vintage design is the Boston Bar.

This place is a kind of bohemian place where musicians, artists, actors get together. There is a patio you can hang out, and the music is usually easy-going.

This is the perfect place to meet locals!

Address: Laugavegur 28b 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

4. Café Babalu – a Living Room

This café is a nice, cozy place offering vegetarian food with local ingredients.

It basically looks and feels like a living room. We especially recommend the lasagna with garlic bread and salad – you could even share this plate as it is quite big!

This place has also a terrace up stairs if you fancy.

Also, you will find many different geeky things around this place like some characters from Star Wars, The Flintstones, and so on. Pretty homely place – we love it!

Address: Skólavörðustígur 22a, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland

5. Seafood Restaurant and Fish & Chips Shop

Last but not least, he have this great Seafood Restaurant for you.

You can try white fish, Lobster soup, and shrimps/ scallop kebap – everything super tasty. It’s a local place with reasonable prices.

Address: Tryggvagata, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

FAQ

Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What are the best hostels in Reykjavik for solo travellers?

Below are the best Iceland hostels Reykjavik could offer for solo travellers!

  1. KEX Hostel – best hostel in Reykjavik for couples and solo-travellers
  2. Bus Hostel – best hostel in Reykjavik for Backpackers

Are hostels in Reykjavik safe?

They are safe but make sure to check-in to hostels that we recommend because we are sure that they are legit and safe!

So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Reykjavik. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!

What are the best hostels in Reykjavik?

For us, these are the best hostels in Reykjavik. Our personal favourites!

  1. KEX Hostel – best hostel in Reykjavik for couples and solo-travellers
  2. Bus Hostel – best hostel in Reykjavik for Backpackers
  3. Galaxy Pod Hostel – best posh hostel in Reykjavik for solo-travellers

For more Iceland hostel Reykjavik could offer, please check this article.

What is Reykjavik best known for?

The top attractions in Reykjavik include:

  1. South of Iceland Full Day Tour
  2. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Tour
  3. Whale Watching Tour
  4. Puffin Watching Boat Tour
  5. Sun Voyager

You can also check Our 5 Local Tips for Reykjavik!

How much are hostels in Reykjavik?

According to Hostelworld.com, a hostel in Reykjavik costs $30 per night.

Prices may vary depending on season.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best hostel websites are Hostelgeeks! Or at least, we like to think so.

We are doing our best to deliver the best hostels to you. Check out the best hostels in the world guides; from Paris to Tokyo.

Obviously, Hostelworld is a great platform for finalizing your reservations.

Flights to Reykjavik?

We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Reykjavik, London and more. This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

Cheap Flights in Europe

Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Reykjavik.

Don’t forget: we’ve put together a super handy guide to the best hostels in Iceland.

We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:

You can find all our new and updates articles for Best Hostels in here.

We also created a huge guide to hostels. Here we cover how to build lifetime friendships in hostels, the perfect packing list and more.

Over to you

We love Reykjavik. And same the whole country, we adore our selected 3 best hostels in Reykjavik, too.

It would make us even happier to know that you love them too!

Got any questions? Anything not clear?

Please, please drop us a line and leave a comment below.

We value your feedback and it is that which allows us to provide useful, interesting information to make your planning easy and stress-free. We have been to Reykjavik, so if we can help you, we are thrilled.

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! As always, we ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. And we only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.

Safe travels!

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