Árnes hostel is the perfect basecamp to explore the wonders of Þjórsárdalur valley and a gateway to Landmannalaugar.
Árnes is conveniently located close to all major tourist attractions in the South of Iceland, appr. 100 km from Reykjavík. The hostel is located in 2 houses and next door to the Hostel there is a swimming pool with a hot pot and a licenced restaurant, which provides lunch and dinner for individuals and groups. In the area around the Hostel there are good hiking trails.
Appr. 30 km. from Árnes is Þjórsárdalur, Valley of the river Þjórsá, through which three other rivers flow as well, a landscape of sharp contrasts such as flourishing birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers and waterfalls. Gjáin is a stunning ravine with lush vegetation, numerous springs, bizarre rock formations and a pictureseque little waterfall, Gjárfoss. Other remarkable waterfalls in the valley are Hjálparfoss and Háifoss. A flourishing farming community lived in þjórsárdalur after the settlement until the valley was swamped by ash from an eruption from Mt. Hekla in 1104 A.D. One of the ruined farms, Stöng, has been excavated and served as the model for the nearby Saga-Age farm reconstruction (Þjóðveldisbærinn).
Opening times (daily/weekly): Check-in: 16:00-23:00
Opening times (over the year): Open all year around
Laugarvatn 46 km (ca. 35 min) - Fljótsdalur 86 km (ca. 1 hour) - Gaulverjaskóli 54 km (ca. 40 min)
Distance from Reykjavík
100 km (ca. 1 hour 10 minutes)