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 The agreement was originally made in an effort to protect and utilize exceptional ecosystems particularly with stocks of ducks, geese and other wetland species in mind.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 (daily/weekly): Reception open 8:00-10:00 and 17:00-22:00.
Opening times (over the year): Open all year round
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)