HI Iceland is a non-profit membership organization established in 1939. The organization is a member of Hostelling International, a worldwide network of over 4000 hostels in 80 countries with appr. 35 million overnights a year worldwide. Membership means that the Icelandic hostels fulfil the international standard for HI hostels.
Since its inception the organization's main goal has been to promote and encourage people of all ages to travel and to increase their knowledge and appreciation of nature and culture. To this end HI Iceland operates the following programs:
- 32 hostels around the country with over 1100 beds. Loft Hostel in Reykjavík, Reykjavík City Hostel and Reykjavík Downtown Hostel are owned and run by HI Iceland; other hostels are privately owned, but in close co-operation with HI Iceland through standard co-operation agreements with 180.000 yearly overnights.
- Information centre for domestic and foreign hostels.
- Management of a travel agency that takes care of bookings for Icelandic hostels, renting cars and offering a variety of tours around Reykjavík and to different parts of the country.
- Operation of the Reykjavík Campsite. The Campsite is open 4 months every year with appr. 35.000 overnights.
The organisation has worked diligently since its foundation on promoting environmental issues which have since the year 2003 been a mainstay of the organization's quality standards.