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Akranes 

Suðurgata 32
GPS: 64° 18,923'N, 22° 5,209'W

 
Tel: (+354) 868 3332
akranes@hostel.is

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Hostel Details

Akranes has a diverse and friendly community, thriving sports life, and is close to both the capital area and the historically rich areas of West Iceland

 

The Akranes Hostel is situated in an old and respectable house which used to be the town’s pharmacy. It is located downtown, close to the town square. The rooms are comfortable and nicely furnished, with or without en-suite facilities. Our guests have access to two fully equipped kitchens and a spacious lounge.


The history of Akranes goes all the way back to the Age of Settlement when Irish people of Norwegian descent settled here around 880. For the last few hundred years, the main industry in Akranes has been fishing, but for the few last decades trade and service has grown considerably. In Akranes you will find a thriving sports– and cultural life as well as interesting museums, such as the most comprehensive collection of Icelandic rock, minerals and interesting fossils, the Icelandic sport museum and Akranes folk museum to name a few.

Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers should find numerous things of interest. The westernmost part of Akranes, called Breiðin, with things reminiscent of the history of fishing in the area, reveals huge breaker waves in windy weather. The closeness to the sea attracts a lot of different kinds of birds. Mt Akrafjall may be accessed by car and offers interesting climbs, and Langisandur beach is close at hand. Magnificent views may be enjoyed over Faxaflói bay, the adjacent mountains and the surrounding areas. North of Akrafjall is Grunnafjordur. Grunnafjordur is one of three wetland habitats in Iceland that are a part of the international Ramsar agreement. The agreement was originally made in an effort to protect and utilize exceptional ecosystems particularly with stocks of ducks, geese and other wetland species in mind.

 

 


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

Borgarnes 37 km (ca. 30 min) -  Grundarfjörður 141 km (ca. 1 hour 40 min) - Sæberg 140 km ( 1 hour 40 min)

Distance from Reykjavík

50 km (ca. 40 min) 

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



Hostel bed capacity

Beds per room: Beds per room:: 2 Beds per room:: 3 Beds per room:: 4 Total
beds
Number of rooms: 4 3 2 25
Directions




Directions

 Bus:    
Several buses run daily between Akranes and the center of Reykjavík, with a stop-over in Mosfellsbær town. 
 Parking:

Free parking at the hostel
 Location:

The hostel is situated in 3 minutes walking distance from the old center of Akranes town, called Akratorg, and the shopping street. 5 minutes walk to the harbour.

 

From road #1 take Road 51. 

Attractions

Fascinating fjords

Hvalfjörður fjord is only a short while away from Akranes hostel but the fjord was a part of ring road #1 until 1998 when the tunnel under the fjord was opened. There used to be a whaling station in Hvalfjörður, it was closed in 1992, but now it is in use again for a few days every year. Experienced hikers can hike to the highest waterfall in Iceland, Glymur 210 m. It is at least a two hours hike, starting from the bottom of the fjord up through the valley Botnsdalur. Seek information before starting a hike.

Museums

The Akranes Folk Museum is situated on the ancient manor of Garðar.The museum preserves a comprehensive collection of exhibits from former times, bearing witness to farming, housekeeping and social conditions in and around Akranes. Among the exhibits on display is a rowing boat with full rigging from 1874, a selection of other items connected with seafaring and fishing, models of boats and ships, a gun from a coastguard vessel and a pair of trawl-wire cutters from the so called Cod Wars with the British.

Black sand beaches

Langisandur is without doubt one of the best beaches in all Iceland -a bathing beach almost in the middle of the town on hot summer days, when the sea is pleasantly warm and all the top heroes dive in or splash around in the sea.  You will need to take pail and shovel with you to Langasandur as it is the perfect place to build sandcastles. It's also great fun to walk along the beach looking for beautiful shells and colourful stones to take home.

Sports

Garðavöllur, the Akranes golf course, is one of the country's best and in the summer of 2000 was formally opened after being extended from 9 to 18 holes. Garðavöllur, which is the only 18-hole golf course in the western part of the country, is renowned for its beautiful and interesting surroundings, good upkeep and excellent putting greens. The variegated layout of the course has been a surprise for even the most experienced golfers, but its special attraction is undoubtedly the fact that one fairway is one of the longest in Iceland - and beware of the many sand traps.

Hiking

Akrafjall has long been an outdoor paradise for the people of Akranes, as it is undoubtedly one of the best kept secrets of the area.Akrafjall is a mountain that is relatively easy to climb and therefore offers a choice outing for the family. The climb does not require much experience or expensive equipment, only necessary protective clothing and a minimum of physical ability. A detailed map of the main trails up Akrafjall is widely available, e.g., at the information centres and petrol stations in Akranes.

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