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Bakki Hostel & Apartments

Eyrargata 51-53
GPS: 63° 51,759'N, 21° 8,965'W
Tel:  (+354) 788 8200

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Hostel Details

Friendly hostel in the village of Eyrarbakki at the South coast of Iceland

If you came to Iceland to get away from it all and immerse yourself in nature and authetic Icelandic culture, the quaint coastal town of Eyrarbakki is an ideal place to spend a few days or longer. Enjoy horseback riding on the beach, kayaking in the lagoons, or exploring a lava-tube cave. See a traditional rowing ship at the Maritime Museum or journey through time at the Árnessýsla Heritage Museum, located in a beautifully-preserved wooden house from 1765. Treat yourself to some of the best seafood in Iceland at Rauða Húsið restaurant or simply stroll down the seaside path and watch the seabirds. Many of Iceland’s most famous attractions are less than an hour away and the friendly staff at Eyrarbakki's Bakki Hostel & Apartments are happy to help you make the most of your visit. 

Opening times:

Opening times (daily/weekly):     Reception open 8:00-10:00 and 17:00-22:00.
Opening times (over the year):    Open all year round.

Nearest hostels:

Gaulverjaskóli 16 km (ca. 15 min) - Árnes 55 km (ca. 40 min) - Selfoss 13 km (ca. 10 min)  - Laugarvatn 52 km (ca. 40 min)


Distance from Reykjavík:

60 km (ca. 45 min)

 Family rooms  Credit card accepted
  Board games
  Linens included  Discounts and concessions available    Basic store available at or near the hostel
 Smart TV with video library   Meals available   Hostel open 24h
  Self-catering kitchen   Currency exchange at or near hostel   Cycle rental available at or near the hostel
  Groups welcome   Individual traveller welcome   Made-up beds
  Common room(s)   Luggage Storage   Beer for sale at front desk
 Free Wifi in rooms and all areas   Lockers available at no charge  Suitable for wheelchair users



Bed Capacity

  • 9 x 4 bed rooms
  • 1 x 6 bed rooms
  • 1 x 8 bed rooms
  • 1 x 10 bed rooms
  • 1 x 12 bed rooms 

Total 72 beds




Airport:   Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes by car from KEF International Airport via road 427 along the south coast
Daily buses from Reykjavik (Mjódd) or the South Coast via Selfoss or Þorlákshöfn
Free parking in front of the hostel

On the main road in the town of Eyrarbakki, 10 minutes from Selfoss & Highway 1.


There are many things to see and do nearby, but these are are either walking distance from the hostel or less than 10 minutes by car. For more information and inspiration, visit Discover Eyrarbakki

Black sand beach
The black sand beach in Eyrarbakki is an ideal place to catch the sunset or to go for a leisurely stroll on a nice day. It is also an ideal place to catch the Northern Lights in wintertime, as there are no streetlights around and the dunes block the light from nearby towns. Past the campground, there is a spot with a log bench just next to the sailing markers, the iconic triangle markers on wooden poles that used to guide sailors through the maze of dangerous shallows into the harbor.

Rauða Húsið restaurant
One of the best restaurants in Iceland is just a short walk away. Rauða Húsið restaurant specialises in seafood direct from the fisherman, but also serves excellent meat and vegetarian dishes. Fill up with a hearty bowl of lobster soup or enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up with coffee and cake. Rauða Húsið has been awarded a TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ rating the last three years in a row. 

Flói Bird and Nature Reserve
Flói Nature Reserve is an important estuary and marshland on the eastern bank of the Ölfusá. It’s visited by many wetland birds – common species include red-throated divers and various kinds of ducks and geese – most present during nesting season (May to July). There’s a 2km circular hiking trail through the marshes and a hide.

Árnessýsla Heritage Museum
The Árnessinga Folk Museum, also simply known as The House (Húsið) is perhaps the oldest wooden building in Iceland. Built in 1765 as a home for the Danish merchant families that lived in Eyrarbakki, which was then the central trading hub of Iceland, it was passed on to successive generations. When Reykjavik was selected as the capital of Iceland and Eyrarbakki’s trade importance waned, the house was sold and preserved for conservation purposes. Inside The House you can see preserved fragments of life from a bygone age.Open from 1. May til 30. Sept. every day: 11.00 -18.00, at other times by arrangement.

Eyrarbakki Maritime Museum
This museum displays a combination of artefacts connected with fishing, industry and the social and cultural development of the 19th century. The main attraction is the 12-oared fishing vessel Farsæll (Fortune), which was built specifically for the challenging conditions of the south coast, including landing on the flat and sandy coastline and the constant beating of the waves upon departing and landing. The museum also boasts of many photographs and a baiting hut from 1925, when the motorised fisheries were booming in Eyrarbakki.Open from 1. May til 30. Sept. every day: 11.00 -18.00, at other times by arrangement.

Horse riding tours on the beach
Get up close and personal with the beautiful Icelandic horses. Local family-run horse riding company Bakkahestar offers 1-hour horse riding tours for small groups. These small and gentle horses are suitable for riders of all experience levels and are also great with children.

Kayaking tours

 Explore the seashore or lagoons nearby by kayak. Day and night tours available, weather permitting.

Raufarhólshellir Lava Tube Cave
Lava tube caves are formed when still-flowing lava is cooled at the surface, forming a crust. The liquid lava continues to flow underneath, eventually draining out, leaving behind a tunnel through the surrounding lava field. Raufarhólshellir lava tube cave is one of the better known lava caves in Iceland and it is easily accessible. The length of the tube is estimated to be 1360 metres. There are four natural ’skylights’ where the roof has collapsed and a nice path at the entrance. In winter and spring, the entrance is often filled with glittering icicles. If you want to explore deeper into the cave, ask us and we can arrange a tour!

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