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Skógar

Skógar
GPS: 63° 31,616'N, 19° 30,653'W
 
Tel:  (+354) 487-8801 / 899-0850
skogar@hostel.is


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Hostel Details

Skógar hostel is located next to Skógafoss Waterfall and the famous Skógar Folk Museum. The perfect stop for those planning on hiking over Fimmvörðuháls

The Hostel by Skógar is situated in the old children's school, close to Skógafoss, one of the best known waterfalls in Iceland. Skógar is a popular place surrounded by great and varied nature; glaciers, mountains, black beaches, green acres, forested area, waterfalls and good hiking routes. Additionally, Skógar local museum, is one of the frequently visited of its kind in Iceland. The hostel is a great stop over for those who are hiking over Fimmvörðuháls, which is one of the most popular routes in the country. Skógar are situated in the middle of south Iceland and is therefore ideal for those who want to explore the south of the country. Please note that the next store is 15 km away.


Opening times:

Opening times (daily/weekly):    Check in between 16:00-21:00
Opening times (over the year):    25 May - 15 September

Nearest hostels:

Vík 33 km (ca. 25 min) - Fljótsdalur 53 km (ca. 40 mín) - Vestmannaeyjar 56 km (ca. 1 hour*)   - Árnes 109 km (ca. 1 hour 15 min)

Waiting time for ferry not included

 

Distance from Reykjavík:

155 km (ca. 1 hour 50 min)

Facilities
  Family rooms available  Laundry facilities   Garden
  Sheets for hire   Credit card accepted   Playground
  TV room   Individual traveller welcome   Rates include local tax
  Self-catering kitchen   Luggage Store   BBQ
  Groups welcome   Non smoking room/area  
 Common room(s)   Basic store available at or near the hostel  



Bed Capacity


Beds per room: Beds per room:: 2 Beds per room:: 3 Beds per room:: 5 Beds per room:: 6+ Total
beds
Number of rooms: 9 2 1 1 35
Directions



Directions


Bus:    
During the summer time there is a bus going from Reykjavík to Skógar twice per day. From Höfn to Skógar there is a bus going daily. In the winter time the bus is going three times per week.
Parking:
At hostel
Location:
Close to route no. 1
Attractions

Skógar Museum

The Skógar Folk Museum has a large site, which includes examples of many periods of Icelandic architectural history.At the lower end of the site is a traditional turf farmhouse, including a baðstofa (communal room where the household slept, ate and worked), kitchen with open hearth, pantry, parlour, store room and cattleshed. Adjacent to the turf farmhouse is a hydro-electric plant, a reminder of the inventive pioneers who first harnessed water power to generate electricity. The upper part of the site includes a schoolhouse typical of Icelandic country schools in the early 20th century, a church, and a baðstofa built over a cattleshed to benefit from the warmth of the animals, along with a storehouse. At the highest point on the site is a wooden house built at Holt, Síða, in 1898. To the east of the hydro plant is one of the spans of a bridge built in 1921 across the glacial river Jökulsá, Sólheimasandur.

Waterfalls

The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls of the country with a width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. A local boy found the chest years later, but was only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again

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