HI - Laugarvatn Hostel, Laugarvatn

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If you're staying at HI - Laugarvatn Hostel, chances are you'll be arriving in Laugarvatn on your own. The town is very small and the hostel is on the southeast side of the main road (Route 37). The Hostelling International sign is plainly visible on the side of the building.


This is a very well-kept, family-run hostel. Dorm rooms are very clean but leave little space remaining for tables or other furniture. The common room is perhaps one of the most comfortable areas in any hostel in Iceland. Except for its size, you really get the feeling you are visiting the home of friends or family. TV reception will probably be less than stellar. The kitchen may be a bit small for larger groups, but it is clean and well-outfitted with pans and utensils. Groceries can be purchased at a market/gas station a few blocks southwest down the main drag. An outdoor hot tub also allows for some relaxation after a long day. If that isn't enough, a few blocks away is Iceland's only geothermal sauna!


Although it lies right on Iceland's Golden Circle, which is so popular with tour buses, this hostel is frequented by groups of native Icelanders -- some of them come for the horseback riding in the area. The hot tub, not the common room, seems to be the most relaxing location for meeting the other guests and immersing yourself (literally) in Iceland's people and culture.


Laugarvatn has a strategic location for tourism in Iceland because it lies between some of the major attractions on the "Golden Circle." Thingvellir National Park has historic significance as the site where the first modern democracy was formed in 930 A.D. It is also of visible geologic significance as it sits directly on the American/European Rift. Further east, Geysir (the namesake of all geysers) and the waterfalls at Gulfoss complete the main attractions of the Golden Circle. A few miles to the south, the church at Skaholt provides man-made simplicity that complements the landscape well.


Iceland is not a cheap vacation for most, so every penny counts. This hostel is competitively priced with other hostels and sleeping bag accommodations in the country, and is a definite savings versus a hotel room. It is not certain what other accommodations are even available in this small town! All in all, this hostel is a decent value and makes a great way station for travelers who want to explore the Golden Circle on their own and not from a tour bus!

Pete Alwin

Clean and cosy hostel

We stayed here one night in August '07 after arriving from Germany. Our family room was very spacious and the hostel owner was very nice. We couldn't pay with credit card, but a bank is in direct neighbourhood. We booked breakfast and it is served in their private house. So we could find out how Iceland people live.

Generally you have to take off your shoes when entering a hostel or a house in Iceland. The hostel is near the Geysir and the waterfall Gullfoss. It has been the best hostel we visited in Iceland.



Laugarvatn Youth hostel offers comfortable accommodation at a reasonable price. This cozy hostel sleeps up to 70 people in single, double or family rooms, and is equipped with cooking facilities, living room, and a hot tub for the guest's enjoyment. 10 of our rooms have private bathrooms.

A high-speed Internet connection is also available for our guests.

You can buy food as well as petrol at the filling station H-Sel, and the village also has an ATM, post office, and other services. Near the lake, a sauna has been built over a hot spring, which is very popular with connoisseurs. Next to a sports hall is an outdoor swimming pool with hot tubs. There is a restaurant in the village.

Location and Contact




Address: Dalsel, Laugarvatn, South, Iceland

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Website HI - Laugarvatn Hostel Laugarvatn www.hihostels.com/hostels/laugarvatn
Phone Number: +354 486 1215
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)


Bike Rental

Luggage Storage

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

BBQ Grill

Concierge/Info Desk

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hot Showers



Lounge Area


Wheelchair Accessible

Credit Card Payments

Service Animals

Genders: Males Only

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8-18

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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