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801 Selfoss
GPS: 63° 50,157'N, 20° 53,780'W
Tel: (+354) 551 0654 / 865-2121 / 896-6719





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Hostel Details

Gaulverjaskóli Hostel is in a renovated school in the low-lying agricultural region of south Iceland. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the panoramic view of the lowlands, the birdlife, the peace and quiet.

The Hostel has a well equipped guest kitchen and dining room and the comfortable rooms. Breakfast is available at the hostel and for dinner delicious Icelandic meatsoup is served with homemade bread. Other options are of course available for vegetarians.

Gaulverjaskóli is a convenient place to stay for those who want to explore the nature pearls in the South, both inland such as Þórsmörk, Landmannalaugar, Gullfoss and Geysir and along the South shore. There are short hiking trails close to the hostel, excellent for those interested in birdlife. In the nearest surrounding you can find the Tré og list art workshop where you can admire woodwork and other crafts, Urriðafoss waterfall, the cozy country store Sóley, a horse rental at a farm nearby and the villages of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki.

Opening times:

Opening times (daily/weekly):    Reception is open daily 8:00-10:30 and 17:00-20:30

Opening times (over the year):    The hostel is open February 1 - November 1

Nearest hostels:

Árnes 54 km (ca. 40 min) - Selfoss 14 km (ca. 10 min) - Laugarvatn 54 km (ca. 40 min) - Fljóstdalur 86 km (ca. 1 hour)


Distance from Reykjavík

72 km (ca. 55 min)


Family rooms available
Common room(s)
  Luggage Store
  Suitable for wheelchair users
  Laundry facilities
  Non smoking room/area
  Hostel open 24h
  Credit card accepted
  Sheets for hire
  Male only
  Self-catering kitchen
  Female only
  Rates include local tax
  Groups welcome
  Individual traveller welcome

Bed Capacity

Beds per room: Beds per room:: 1 Beds per room:: 2 Beds per room:: 3 Beds per room:: 4 Beds per room:: 5 Beds per room:: 6+ Total
Number of rooms: 1 1 2 2 1 1 28


Scheduled bus to Selfoss, 14 km away. From Selfoss are no scheduled trips to the hostel.
Plenty of free parking by the hostel
To get to Gaulverjaskóli from the main road, route 1, take road no. 33.

Wood workshop

Wood and art is an active workshop and gallery that is both preserving and adding to the history of craftsmansship and inventions on an ongoing basis.It is located in Flóahreppur, short while away from Gaulverjaskóli hostel.


Urriðafoss is a waterfall located in the river Þjórsá  in southwest Iceland. In the early days of power companies plans were to build a power plant in Urriðafoss and make a railway to Reykjavík from the waterfall. It did not happen but now Landsvirkjun  is planning to build hydropower stations on the lower part of Þjórsár river, at Urriðafoss and Núpur.


There are numerous hiking trails near the hostel that should suit just about everyone.

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