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The birds and the sea and the seals
Some of Iceland's best seal and bird-watching can be enjoyed near Ósar, 30 km off the ring road on the Vatnsnes peninsula. Ósar is known as being a haven for nature lovers and history buffs alike as well as the scene of dramatic historical events, myths and folklore. Visit Hvítserkur, a 15 m high sea stack resembling a prehistoric dinosaur said to be an ancient troll petrified by the sunrise, or Illugastaðir and Þrístapar, the background for the events leading up to the last public execution in Iceland.
Hostel Facilities
• Family rooms available               • Free WiFi • Laundry facilities 
• Self-catering kitchen • Common room(s)              


GPS: 65.599373, -20.64916949999997

The hostel is located midway between Reykjavík and Akureyri. You leave the main road and turn onto road no. 711.

Public transport: There are regular buses from Reykjavík to Akureyri.

Parking: We have plenty of free parking onsite.

Activities in the area
  • Study wildlife in one of Iceland's richest bird and seal colonies. 
  • The hostel is a short walk away from the amazing Hvítserkur, a sea rock which resembles a prehistoric dinosaur. 
  • Long and short hikes along the beautiful seashore.  
Ósar HI Hostel is well suited to serve groups and provides quality, secure and affordable accommodation to all types of groups. 
The hostel welcomes groups of up to 50 people from May to November. Accommodation outside these dates available on request.

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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.
Breakfast 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.

Book your Daytour with us

  • Dog Sledding

    Dog sledding tour around the Lake Mývatn area in North Iceland. A must do for dog lovers.

  • Silent Whale Watching

    Spot the Minke whale and Humpback whale, in the silent, environmentally-friendly, electric boat. Minimum disturbance to whales and nature and no carbon footprint.

  • Lake Myvatn day tour

    Lake Mývatn tour from Akureyri is the most popular destination in North Iceland.

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