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Reykjavík City Hostel   Svan Ecolabel

Sundlaugavegur 34
105 Reykjavík
GPS: 64° 8,793'N, 21° 52,483'W
Tel:  (+354) 553-8110

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Award winning, eco labeled and welcoming hostel in the green heart of Reykjavík

Reykjavík City Hostel is right in the heart of Laugardalur Park, next door to the national sport stadiums and Iceland´s biggest Pool & Spa. It offers comfortable budget accommodation and excellent facilities, both indoors and outdoors. It is within 30 minute walking distance from the city center, along the scenic Reykjavík coastline, or 10 minutes by bike or bus. It has been an Eco certified place to stay since 2004.


Enjoy free WIFI in your room and all lounges, treat yourself to a hot drink at our coffee bar, or make use of our three fully equipped kitchens, dining area and laundry facilities. Our breakfast buffet is a good start to the day.  Free luggage storage during stay and long-term storage available. Ample lounge areas and an outdoor patio and garden. Computer access, free movie hire and social events. Supermarket nearby open 24hrs.


Our 3 to 6 person rooms all have a private bathroom and linen included. Free lockers in the room (bring your own lock or buy at reception). The 6 bed rooms with shared bathroom come with access to lockers for a small fee. Comfortable double/twin rooms are all with private bath and come with linen and towels included.


The reception team will help you organize your visit to this exciting City; bus passes, bikes, rental cars and all recommended day tours and excursions, including Northern Light tours, The Blue lagoon, Husky  and Glacier tours, hiking and biking. Great specials and package deals available and guests enjoy complimentary pick-up service for most tours. 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!


Check out events and special offers on Reykjavík City Hostel's Facebook Page!

We look forward to giving you a warm welcome in the GREEN heart of 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
 - Cycle rental available at or near the hostel   
 - Lockers available
 - Suitable for wheelchair users
 - Internet access
 - Non smoking room/area
 - Hostel open 24h
 - Credit card accepted
 - Basic store available at or near the hostel
 - Sheets for hire
 - Café/Bar
 - Garden
 - TV room
 - Currency exchange at or near hostel
 - Green Hostel
 - Self-catering kitchen
 - Male only
 - Playground
 - Groups welcome
 - Female only
 - Rates include local tax
 - Common room(s)
 - Games room
 - Cycle store at Hostel
 - Travel/Tour bureau
 - Individual traveller welcome
 - BBQ
 - Laundry facilities
 - Luggage Store



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    Located in Laugardalur Park. 3 km east of downtown close to swimming pools, spa and gym, campground,   skating hall, the national football stadium, sport facilities, botanic garden and petting zoo
30 minutes walk to ´Laekjartorg´ at Lækjargata, along the seashore. Bikes for rent.
Parking:   Free parking at the hostel

BSÍ Bus Terminal: Take bus no. 14 to Laugarásvegur bus stop.

Same bus takes you from Reykjavík City hostel to the city centre and the centre bus station.

Airport: Keflavík Airport (50km): FlyBus and Airport Express  run to a schedule connecting with every flight, and will drop you off at the hostel upon request. Reykjavík Airport (3km): Take bus #15 to Hlemmur, change to bus #14 and get off at Laugarásvegur bus stop.

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

Ásmundur Sveinsson sculpture Museum

A permanent retrospective exhibition of works by Asmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982), one of the pioneers of sculpture in Iceland. The museum holds a collection of original sculptures by the artist, both indoors and outdoors. A sculpture garden surrounds the Museum, adorned by almost thirty of the artist´s sculptures.The Museum is housed in a unique domed building that was designed and built mostly by the artist himself. Free Admission.

Reykjavík Zoo and Family Park

Reykjavik Zoo and Family Park in Laugardalur Valley is an ideal place for a family outing. The zoo houses about 150 animals of 19 species, including farmyard animals and wild animals such as seals and reindeer. After viewing the animals at close quarters, perhaps watching the seals being fed or riding and Icelandic horse, the children can enjoy the rides and activities in the adjacent Family Park.

Laugardalslaug Thermal Pool

Laugardalslaug is the city’s largest pool with extensive facilities, located in Laugardalur Valley. It's right next to Reykjavík City Hostel, so close infact that you could almost walk there in your bathing suit. Its facilities include a 50m outdoor pool, outdoor children’s pool and paddling pool, two waterslides, numerous “hot pots“, steam bath and gym.

Reykjavík Skating Hall

Looking for something fun to do? Why not go skating at the Reykjavik Skating Hall. You can skate to Top Hits with surround sound and disco lights on the ice. Fun for all ages. The Skating Hall is located in the heart of the city’s sport valley known as Laugardalur.

The Reykjavík Botanical Gardens

The Reykjavík Botanical Gardens contains examples of most Icelandic plants (about 300-350) as well as thousands of foreign plants. There's also a cafe in the gardens where you can enjoy a lovely cup of coffee.


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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