Höfn Hostel, Höfn í Hornafirði

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Satisfactory accommodations, excellent customer service

Stayed here in March 2012. While the cost of a double (12K ISK) was a bit higher than we were accustomed to in Iceland, it was the best deal in Hofn. Accommodations were satisfactory. The rooms were sparse but very clean, and there was a communal dining area that was stocked with plates and silverware. I had a comfortable and restful night. When you first arrive, you push a button on the intercom and it connects you with the manager's cellphone. Within 5-10 minutes, the manager (Halldor) came to open the hostel for us. The best part of our stay was the exemplary service we received from Halldor. When we left the hostel, I left behind a pair of shoes, and Halldor went to the trouble of mailing my shoes back to United States for me. It was certainly something he was not required to do, but he did it gladly. I was extremely impressed with his dedication, and felt he went above and beyond expectations. I would recommend this hostel.

Tony (Michigan, USA)

HI - Hofn Hostel is the only hostel in Hofn, a fishing village that is one of the closest towns to Iceland's largest glacier; Vatnajakoll.

The Location

Due to its close proximity to Vatnajakoll, places to stay in Hofn are pricey and HI - Hofn is no exception. The hostel is a little difficult to find as the street sign is confusing, but it is located right at the port. There are plenty of parking spaces available and there is a soccer field right behind the hostel. Public transportation only comes here during peak seasons.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are rooms located on the ground floor and upstairs; dorm rooms are located right next to the dining area, which could cause a noise issue. The placement of the beds gives less space inside the room and some of the mattresses are old and keep sliding off. The sheets are also very old and wrinkly. When booking through the HI website, there is no option to not take the linen and breakfast so the prices are quite high. The window inside one of the dorm rooms looks directly out to a soccer field so curtains needs to be covered for privacy. The desk within the room is sticky on top.

There is an ensuite washroom inside, which is sufficient but the toilet seat cover came off completely. The showers are fine and there is plenty of hot water without any sulfur smell.

Common Spaces

It does not look like there are any sofas -- the only sitting area we noticed is the dining area, which contains a TV. There are plenty of tables and the kitchen is sufficient, but is a little small and messy -- it could use some more frequent cleaning. The reception is located right by the entrance, but they offered no maps or information at the time of visit. There are no computers available for use and no Wi-Fi in the hostel. The atmosphere is relaxed and quiet, with a mix of old and young couples and a group of twenty-something men also there during our stay.

Breakfast, which contributes to the high room rate, is served at another location (Guesthouse Hvammur), about a two-minute walk away. The breakfast is very plain, consisting of toast, crackers, fruit, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.


Overall, HI - Hofn is one of the cheapest options for Hofn if you want to stay indoors. If there is an option to remove the breakfast and linen for a cheaper price, take it -- the breakfast is not very great and linen is old. We did not use our linen and a large spider crawled out of it the next morning. The hostel is not as nice as other hostels in Iceland and is one of the most expensive hostels in Iceland as well.

Amy Luong

A curious wee hostel, centrally located in the small fishing town of Hofn. Potentially a handy location if circling the island, but marjorly let down by the fact it has permanent residents who have taken over the very limited facilities. Not a clean hostel at all, everything either rattle, bangs, or squeeks, so bring your earplugs.

The colder times of the year will be a problem, as the heating is not up to speed, and the bathroom facilities are very basic. (Both toilets marked as male, so could be interesting for less forward female travellers). The large communial are is a bonus, as are the free washing machines. There are supermarkets nearby.

Jeremy Smith
New Zealand

Höfn Hostel Reviews from the Web

Liked: Clean, well organised, good kitchen facilities.  Disliked: Poor sink in bedroom.
Customer review
Liked: Good location and good price  Disliked: Extremely bad service. No linens included in the price, you have to separately rent it. But there was no one to ask for one. There was TV in the room but it was not working and again there was nobody to listen to you.
Dipan Das
Liked: Stora fina ytor att umgs p.  Disliked: Relativt lyhrt
Lars Tjusberg
Liked: good location... that's it.  Disliked: dirty bathrooms, filthy room, really loud, rude staff.... we stayed in hostels all along the ring road & this one was by far the worst. in fact, this was the only terrible stay we had the whole trip... the other 7 hostels we stayed in we lovely.
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Liked: nothing  Disliked: salt, too expensive cost, Wireless facilities
Liked: Very clean and helpful staff  Disliked: directions to hotel are not correct on booking site.
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Liked: well, that i had a bed, actually a mattress on feet - but that was all.  Disliked: No staff available when needed. Internet can only be bought with the staff - but no staff - no internet.

Three different houses. I booked at the youth hostel but what I got to stay in was a guest house at the other side of the town.

Kathrin Klaas
Liked: I had a single room, small but very quiet, kitchen small but with everything you need.  Disliked: In the north of the town, but the main bus stop, supermarket and other services are in the south. But the town is very small, so it isn't a very important problem.
Fabrizio Marras
Liked: Extremely helpful and friendly staff. Clean toilet and washroom.  Disliked: FIONA left no negative feedback.

The rooms we stayed in were quite nice and so was the kitchen!

Customer review

The guesthouse part, where I stayed in was under renovation but that did not bother much.

Customer review

the location and the price compared with more expensive hotels (but not compared with other, better hostels in different cities)

Customer review

Good location but the hire of linen was very expensive.

Customer review

Situated near the port.Nice coffee situated a couple hundred yards away.Host very helpful.Big common room & Interesting people to met.

Customer review
Liked: It was a good place to base trips to the Glacier from. Also Halldor gave a lot of help returning a hire car.  Disliked: Charles left no negative feedback.
Charles Kempo

Close to city info center

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it was a good stop over before going up the east coast

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Needs a bigger kitchen if possible

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With the sea on three sides and Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe to the northwest, Höfn is a breathtakingly lovely town with 1500 inhabitants. The town is a bustling fishing and fish processing port as well as a commercial centre, with considerable farming in the neighbouring areas. The hostel is to be found in the city centre and all necessary services are close by. The location of Höfn allows you to choose from an unusual variety of activities. Boat tours, glacier tours on jeeps or snow mobiles, riding tours, jeeps and hiking tours in Lónsöræfi. Next hostels: Vagnstaðir, 50km.

Close to the biggest glacier in Europe.

Location and Contact


• Bus: All buses from Egilsstaðir, Reykjavík, and Skaftafell stop at Höfn. On request the buses drive guests to the Hostel and pick them up.
• Parking: At or near hostel
• Location: Höfn is located on Road no. 1.
• Airport: The airport is only 7 km from the Hostel and during the summer there are number of direct flights from Reykjavík and other places to Höfn every day.



Address: Hvannabraut 3, Höfn í Hornafirði (Höfn), East, Iceland

Höfn Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Höfn Hostel Höfn í Hornafirði www.hihostels.com/hostels/hofn
Phone Number: (354) 478 1736 / 864 2159
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons


Bike Rental

Luggage Storage


Clothes Dryer

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Wheelchair Accessible

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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