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Reykjavík Downtown Hostel Svan Ecolabel  

Vesturgata 17, Reykjavik

GPS: 64° 8,980'N, 21° 56,638'W
Tel:  (+354) 553 8120

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The Best HI Hostel worldwide 2015 according to our guests



Downtown Hostel, was voted the best HI hostel worldwide 2015 by our guests.

The hostel has established itself as one of the most highly recommended HI Hostels in the world, providing comfortable and classy accommodation and excellent service at an affordable price.




The hostel facilities include free WiFi in all rooms and lounges, free computer access,  book exchange, a coffee bar  and a fully equipped kitchen and lounge.  Free luggage storage during stay and long term storage on request. Our mostly organic breakfast buffet is a good start to the day. Free movie nights and music events are hosted in the lobby on a regular basis.


The Hostel boasts spacious 4 and 10 bed dorms, all with lockers included, family rooms that accommodate up to 5 persons, and double rooms with shared or private facilities. Female only dorms and single rooms are available upon request. All rooms have linen included. 


The hostel team is happy to give local advice on services and attractions and arrange your tours for free; car rentals with free pick up, bike rental and all local transport. Great specials and package deals available. You can also prebook your tours through


Our aim is to contribute towards a style of travelling that increases people's knowledge of their environment, concern for nature and respect for the cultural values of cities and towns in all parts of the world. The Hostel is a certified Swan Eco labeled Hostel and has been awarded the HI Quality Certificate.
We look forward to welcoming you!


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We look forward to giving you a warm welcome in the heart of Downtown Reykjavík.


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Opening times:

Opening times (daily/weekly):    24 hours access to Hostel. Check in is any time after 14:00. Reception open: 08:00 to 24:00. Night security: 24:00 to 08:00.
Opening times (over the year):    Open all year around.


FREE luggage storage on arrival and departure. Long-term storage available.

 - Family rooms available   
-  Travel/Tour bureau
-  Lockers available
 - Hostel open 24h
- Laundry facilities
- Non smoking room/area
 - Sheets for hire
- Internet access
- Basic store available at or near the hostel
 - TV room
- Credit card accepted
- Green Hostel
 - Self-catering kitchen
- Café/Bar
- Rates include local tax
 - Groups welcome
- Currency exchange at or near hostel
 - Common room(s)
- Individual traveller welcome



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    Downtown, just above the Old Harbour. Within walking distance from most of Reykjavík‘s monuments and attractions.

You will find metered parking directly outside the Hostel which is free after 18:00 and on Sundays. Otherwise, free parking is available a short walk away.


BSÍ Bus Terminal: Take bus #14 to Mýrargata bus stop or walk 20 mins. Also very close to Lækjartorg bus terminal, the stop of several other routes.


Keflavík Airport: FlyBus and Airport Express  run to a schedule connecting with every flight, and will drop you off at the hostel upon request.

Reykjavík Airport: Take bus #15 to Hlemmur, change to bus #14 and get off at Mýrargata bus stop. Also very close to Lækjartorg bus terminal, the stop of several other routes.


As to be expected there are many attractions in Reykjavík. Here we have decided to focus more on the surroundings of Reykjavík Downtown Hostels and all the activities mentioned below are in a nice walking distance from the hostel:

Whale Watching

A mere 4 minutes walk from the hostel, at least two whale watching companies wait to welcome you aboard. An amazing success rate in whale spotting makes it a very feasible option.

Second hand clothing

In Garðarstræti, just around the corner from the Downtown hostel, you will find the Salvation Army's clothing store. Timeless gems at bargain prices.

Austurvöllur square

In good weather the Austurvöllur square is filled with people of all ages. It's the perfect place for a picnic lunch or a game of hackysack.

A feast for the taste buds

The downtown area is crowded with all kinds of restaurants suited for all budgets. If hungry, walk any direction for a few minutes and you will find something to eat.

Reykjavík Flea Market

The flea market, Kolaportið, has everything one would want. There's a food court with local delicacies such as shark and flatkökur, second hand clothing booths, Icelandic woolen sweaters and designer jewelery.


At the Reykjavík hostels we can accommodate groups from as little as 10 people to 100 people.

We understand that organizing a group trip is not easy and we endeavor to make your booking process and stay as pleasant as possible by offering your group a clean, safe, well-located and inexpensive place to stay including the following:



A free quote and quick responses to all emails and queries.


A selection of private rooms and dorm rooms.


Staff that understands the needs of groups


Plentiful breakfast buffet, packed lunches and evening meals.


Assistance with the organization of all your transport and sightseeing.


And most of all, we will ensure you have an enjoyable stay while visiting Iceland.


For more information on our group rates and policies please email us directly on


Alternatively if you are arriving within 7 days please telephone us directly on +354 553 8110 to check our availability.

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