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Viking Wonders and Family Fun
For anyone wanting to get in touch with nature in Iceland, the small but lively town of Borgarnes is the perfect place. 
Situated just off the ring road, the cosy Borgarnes Hostel has friendly staff in an unbeatable location.
Highlights of this scenic town - one of the country's first settlement areas - include Skallagrímsgarður public park, The Settlement Center and Borg á Mýrum, a historical homestead featured in Egil's Saga. Enjoy the great Borgarnes thermal pool and a nice meal in one of the town's restaurants. And be sure to visit the family-run Steðji microbrewery for some strawberry beer, located about a 20 minutes' drive from the town. 

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Hostel Facilities
• Family rooms available                  • Common room(s)                • Cycle storage
• Free WiFi   • Two self-catering kitchen           


GPS: 64.538054, -21.921340099999952

Borgarnes is about an hour's drive from Reykjavík on the ring road towards the west.

Public transport: Daily bus no. 57 from Reykjavík to Akureyri passes Borgarnes on its route.

Parking: We have plenty of free parking onsite.

At Borgarnes
  • Walk around town. Spend some time in the beautiful and somewhat hidden bay Englendingavík (Bay of the English), which is surprisingly sheltered from wind and offers great photo opportunities.  
  • Get to know Skallagrímsgarður public park that plays an important role in Egil's Saga, as the burial mound of Skallagrímur Kveldúlfsson, Egil's father, is located there. 
  • The public pool in Borgarnes is particularly child-friendly with three water slides and three hot pots. 
  • The Settlement Center is by itself a good reason to visit Borgarnes, teeming with tales from Egil's Saga, one of the better-known Icelandic sagas, and facts about the settlement of Iceland in the 9th century. We recommend the restaurant by the Settlement Center. 
In the Borgarnes Area 
  • Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, exploring the natural wonders of Borgarfjörður such as Deildartunguhver hot spring, the Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls, the Reykholt historical site and the recreational area of Húsafell, a leafy paradise close to glaciers and the highlands.
  • Another day full of interest entails a drive to lake Skorradalsvatn where it is possible to fish if you have purchased the Fishing Card. This beautiful area is characterized by birch trees and a serene atmosphere. From here, head to Hvalfjörður fjord and hike up to Glymur, Iceland's highest waterfall with stunning views along the way.
  • Borgarnes is also a perfect hub for a full day adventure at Snæfellsnes peninsula to view the wonders of the national park, spectacular lava formations, rich birdlife, towering mountains and different kinds of beaches and sea cliffs, all under the majestic Snæfellsjökull glacier/volcano. 
Borgarnes Hostel is well suited to serve groups and provides quality, secure and affordable accommodation to all types of groups. 
The hostel welcomes group of up to 50 people all year round.

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Facilities and Services for Groups
Dorm rooms and private rooms.
Free WiFi.
Bed linen & towels included.
Lounge area.
Self-catering facilities, kitchen and dining area.
Wheelchair access but limited.

Breakfast, lunch packages and dinner can be arranged.
You can book the hostel for your group. 
We will be happy to discuss the options available to you and your group.

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