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Árbót - Aðaldalur
GPS: 65° 54,683'N, 17° 24,322'W
Tel: (+354) 464-3677 / 894-6477

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Árbót hostel is located at a horse and cattle farm in Aðaldalur, only 40 minutes away from the Mývatn area


The hostel at Árbót in Aðaldal is surrounded by diverse bird life and beautiful nature. The hostel is located at a farm where both horses and cattle are bred and guests have a unique opportunity to experience real Icelandic farm life.

The nearest town is Húsavík and there you find various service and interesting activities. In Húsavík is the nearest shop to Árbót hostel, so travellers have either to bring food with them or drive to Húsavík to get supplies.


Árbót hostel can be reached from road nr. 85. If you drive north on road nr. 85 (in the direction to Husavik), you will find the gravel road to Árbót clearly marked on the right handside


Opening times:

Opening times (daily/weekly):    The reception is open 16:00 - 22:00 
Opening times (over the year):    April 1st - September 30th

Next hostels:

Berg hostel 10 km (ca. 10 min)  - Akureyri 81 km (ca. 1 hour)  - Kópasker 139 km (ca. 1 hour 40 min) - Dalvík 124 km (ca. 1 hour 30 min)


Distance from Reykjavík

468 km (ca. 5 hours 30 min)

- Credit cards accepted    
- BBQ    
- Internet access
- Groups welcome
- Common room(s)
- Self-catering kitchen
- Laundry facilities
- Family rooms available
- Non smoking room/area
- TV room
- Sheets for hire


Total bed capacity: 29


The Mývatn Area

Mývatn Lake is a beautiful shallow lake in a region of volcanic activity and geothermal heat. During the summer it is a paradise for ducks and other birds with an average number of 50000 pairs of ducks of 15 species. The surrounding are is extremely beautiful, covered with lava and intereseting geological phenomena like pseudo craters, hot mud and steam springs and canyons.

Bathing in nature

Jarðböðin, sometimes dubbed as the less crowded Blue Lagoon of the North,  offer excellent bathing facilities in an outdoor lagoone with temperature around 38-40°C.


Húsavík is a nice small town situaded in the bay of Skjálfandi with a population of 2500. It has sometimes been called the Whale Watching capital of Iceland and it's highly recommended to sign up for a tour. The Húsavík Church has also caught the eye of many passing visitor.


Goðafoss is a very impressive waterfall on the river Skjálfandafljót. Icelandic Sagas tell that back in the year 1000, when the parliament had decided that Icelanders should adopt the Christian religion, the law-speaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði threw his pagan idols into the river. After that the waterfall was named the “waterfall of the idols” or gods.

Strange museums

The Icelandic Phallological Museum in Húsavík is probably the only museum in the world to contain a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammal found in a single country. The Phallological Museum was on the top of the Daily Telegraph's list of the 12 strangest museums in the world which in itself is a reason enough to visit.

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