We 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.
KEX Hostel – best hostel in Reykjavik for couples and solo-travellers
Bus Hostel – best hostel in Reykjavik for Backpackers
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.
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.
Bus Hostel is the best hostel Reykjavik can offer:
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.
Facilities for disabled guests
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.
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.
24 hour Reception
Location: Saint Petersburg is 45 km from the hostel. The nearest airport is Pulkovo Airport, 69 km from Hostel 101.
The National Gallery of Iceland / Listasafn Íslands
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.
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
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 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 are the best hostels in Reykjavik for solo travellers?
Below are the best Iceland hostels Reykjavik could offer for solo travellers!
KEX Hostel - best hostel in Reykjavik for couples and solo-travellers
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!
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.
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!
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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!