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When it comes to raw natural beauty – it’s tough to beat Iceland

With hundreds of accommodation options (and many of them very expensive), it can be difficult to know exactly which hostel to stay, which is why I wrote this list of the 20 best hostels in Reykjavik.

Organized by YOUR travel needs, this list of 20 best hostels took a bunch of things into consideration, so you can find which hostel best suits you, and you can get on exploring this incredible country.

So whether you are looking for a place to party, or the cheapest bed to grab a good night’s sleep – our list of the 20 best hostels in Reykjavik and Iceland will get you where you need to be!

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Best Hostels in Reykjavik

 

How we decided the best hostels in Reykjavik and Iceland

If you want to be a backpacking master, the most important parts of picking a hostel are 1) making sure it’s in your budget and 2) making sure it suits your personal-travel needs. This is why I split up the best hostels in Reykjavik and Iceland into a few different categories. You can decide what’s more important to you (partying, saving money, privacy, space to work) and easily book from there!

Some other things I took into consideration…

  • Location – This wasn’t too difficult. Iceland is small. Reykjavik is smaller. While it can be challenging to get around without a car, the island as a whole is fairly compact, and all of the hostels are in places you’d hope they’d be – near the sights!
  • Price – Unfortunately, for all of it’s nature-glory, Reykjavik is a premium destination and it comes at a premium price. Expect to drop around $50 a day, and much more if you are not careful about where you eat. Plan your food as strategically as possible, because restaurants are not cheap.
  • Amenities – The Reykjavik hostel scene is a bit on the stingy side… Not a lot of freebies, so try and save money where you can. A few hostels did offer free (or cheap breakfast) so try and pinch a penny where you can.

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tbb2-table__image Overall Best Hostel in ReykjavikOverall Best Hostel in ReykjavikKex Hostel

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in ReykjavikBest Hostel for Solo Travelers in ReykjavikGalaxy Pod Hostel

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  • Key Card Access
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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Couples in ReykjavikBest Hostel for Couples in ReykjavikThe Capital-Inn

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tbb2-table__image Best Party Hostel in ReykjavikBest Party Hostel in ReykjavikReykjavik – Loft HI Hostel

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in ReykjavikBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in ReykjavikBus Hostel

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel Near Golden Circle, IcelandBest Hostel Near Golden Circle, IcelandVatnsholt

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel in EyrarbakkiBest Hostel in EyrarbakkiBakki Hostel and Apartments

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tbb2-table__image Best hostel in Hafnarfjordur, IcelandBest hostel in Hafnarfjordur, IcelandRoute 1 Guesthouse

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel with a Private Room in ReykjavikBest Hostel with a Private Room in ReykjavikHlemmur Square

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The 20 best hostels in Reykjavik and Iceland

Reykjavik, and Iceland in general is known for being a pretty pricey place to explore. Securing budget accommodation is, therefore, of particular importance to backpackers who want to enjoy the varied attractions and activities without breaking the bank. We’ve split Reykjavik’s best hostels into different types, such as best hostel for solo travellers, best hostel for couples, and best hostel for digital nomads, to make your final choice easier.

 

Overall Best Hostel in Reykjavik – Kex Hostel

Kex Hostel best hostels in Reykjavik

Kex Hostel is our pick for top hostel in Reykjavik

– $$
– Restaurant/Café/Bar
– Tour Desk
– Bike Hire

Solid all-around, Kex Hostel is our pick for the overall best hostel in Reykjavik. It has awesome facilities and modern rooms with an industrial-chic vibe, with a choice of private rooms and dorms for four, six, and 16. Sleeping up to 200 guests, there are heaps of potential new buddies to bond with. Close to restaurants, nightlife, shops, and attractions, the sociable onsite bar-cum-restaurant might tempt you to stay indoors some nights too. Unwind on the patio, kick hunger to the curb in the kitchen, stay connected with Wi-Fi, and plan your Icelandic travels at the tour desk. Other bonuses include laundry facilities, bike hire, a book exchange, and luggage storage.

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Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Reykjavik – Galaxy Pod Hostel

Galaxy Pod Hostel best hostels in Reykjavik

Japanese-esque, Galaxy Pod is our top hostel for solo travelers in Reykjavik

– $$$
– Onsite Bar/Café
– Key Card Access
– Elevators

One of the best hostels for solo travellers in Reykjavik, Galaxy Pod Hostel provides all the facilities you would expect from a top hostel, and has a sociable vibe, but allows plenty of privacy come bedtime. A brilliant option for travellers who are completely over clambering up ladders and sleeping in bunk beds, Galaxy Pod Hostel has cool little pods, each with a power outlet, light, mirror, shelf, hangers, and alarm clock. They’re like tiny capsule hotel rooms (almost!). Communal areas include a TV room, lounge with PS3 and Wii, bar, and kitchen, providing plenty of opportunities for lone backpackers to meet and mingle.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Reykjavik #1 – Oddsson

Oddsson best hostels in Reykjavik

Oddsson is the best cheap hostel in Reykjavik

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– Restaurant/Bar
– Fitness Centre
– Book Exchange

Describing itself a being for “thrifty people with expensive taste”, Oddsson is the best cheap hotel in Reykjavik for budget backpackers. Price may be reasonable (for Reykjavik!) but that doesn’t mean the hostel is lacking in any way. You’ll find restaurants and bars for chilling and chatting in the building, a shared lounge and kitchen, a book exchange, and free Wi-Fi. The sound-proof rooms have lockers (you’ll need your own lock), though do note that you’ll need your own sleeping bag and towel if you don’t want to pay to rent them and bump the price up.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Reykjavik #2 – Reykjavik Downtown Hostel

Reykjavik Downtown Hostel best hostels in Reykjavik

Reykjavik Downtown Hostel is considered on of the best cheap hostels in Reykjavik and all of Iceland.

– $
– Café
– Luggage Storage
– Bike Hire

A recommended hostel in Reykjavik for travellers that want to stay in a quiet area that’s still within reach of the action, Reykjavik Downtown Hostel sits close to the harbour and all of central Reykjavik’s attractions. Pick the helpful staff members’ brains for all the top travel tips for exploring Iceland’s diversity, and swap travel stories in the lounge, kitchen, and café. Regular social events take place, including movie nights and live music. Tours and car hire are easily arranged, and long-term luggage storage is possible.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Reykjavik #3 – Base Hotel

Base Hotel best hostels in Reykjavik

One more awesome cheap hostel in Reykjavik is Base Hotel!

– $
– Free Parking
– Key Card Access
– Travel Desk

Another Reykjavik hostel near the airport, Base Hotel has mixed and female-only dorms for six as well as private rooms. The low prices make this one a recommended hostel in Reykjavik for budget travellers who need a night or two close to Keflavik Airport. There are few facilities beyond sleeping accommodation, but many guests are simply passing through. Airport transfers are easy to arrange. Key card access and lockers help to create a secure environment. There’s an onsite café and laundry facilities, ideal if you don’t want to deal with a mountain of washing when you get home.

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Best Hostel for Couples in Reykjavik – The Capital-Inn

The Capital-Inn best hostels in Reykjavik

With affordable private rooms, the The Capital-Inn is our top hostel for couples in Reykjavik

– $$
– Restaurant
– Bike Hire
– Laundry Facilities

The comfortable double rooms, complete with private bathroom and TV, make this one of the best hostels for couples in Reykjavik. A popular hostel in Reykjavik, The Capital-Inn boasts a large kitchen with two separate well-equipped cooking areas to prevent waiting around and getting hangry. The onsite restaurant serves tasty food if you want a date night away from DIY meals. Laundry facilities, bicycle rentals, and free Wi-Fi are available, though do note that you will need your own towel and sleeping bag if staying in a dorm bed.

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Best Party Hostel in Reykjavik – Reykjavik – Loft HI Hostel

Reykjavik – Loft HI Hostel best hostels in Reykjavik

Loft HI Hostel is the best party hostel in Reykjavik

– $$
– Bar/Café
– Games Room
– Steam Room

Although the Icelandic capital isn’t really known for its wild nights of hedonism (it’s generally too freaking pricey!), the energetic award-winning Reykjavik – Loft HI Hostel is one of the best party hostels in Reykjavik. Head to the bar for happy hour each afternoon and join in with fun events like karaoke sing-alongs, music performances, extravagant drag shows, quizzes, and more. There’s something for hippies-at-heart too, with yoga, crafts, and similar. Socialise and relax in the lounge, with board games, foosball, a book exchange, and free-to-use computers, soak up the views from the roof terrace, and cook up a meaty feast on the BBQ. Wi-Fi is free and the hostel has a tour desk and laundry facilities.

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Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Reykjavik – Bus Hostel

Bus Hostel best hostels in Reykjavik

Spacious common area and desks make Bus hostel our top pick for Digital Nomads in Reykjavik

– $$
– BBQ
– Meeting Rooms
– Bar

A well-equipped Reykjavik backpackers’ hostel, Bus Hostel is also one of the best hostels for digital nomads in Reykjavik. Free Wi-Fi and free-to-use computers, along with quiet spots to sit and think, make cracking on with work easy. Meeting rooms are available if you’re in town for networking and hustling up new deals. Affordable and with a choice of private rooms and dorms, do note that you’ll need your own sleeping bag if staying in a dorm. Take a break from work to cook a tasty meal in one of the two kitchens, or get sociable in the cosy lounge and bar.

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Best Hostel Near Golden Circle, Iceland – Vatnsholt

Vatnsholt best hostels in Reykjavik

More of a bed and breakfast, Vatnsholt is a great budget accommodation in the Golden Circle

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– Restaurant/Café/Bar
– Bike Hire
– Laundry Facilities

Situated around 50 kilometres outside of Reykjavik city, Vatnsholt is part of the glorious Golden Circle, close to the magnificent Selfoss Waterfall. A perfect place for groups of friends and families to crash and enjoy Iceland’s dramatic countryside, the farm has private rooms for two, three, and six. Most rooms share bathrooms. Savour delicious farm-fresh meals in the onsite restaurant, make friends with the farm animals, and bond with human pals over a board game. Outdoor active adventures abound, with bike and boat rentals and lake fishing close to hand.

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Best Hostel in Eyrarbakki – Bakki Hostel and Apartments

Bakki Hostel and Apartments best hostels in Reykjavik

Bakki Hostel is one of the best hostels in Eyrarbakki Iceland

– $
– Bar
– Lockers
– Free Parking

Located in Eyrarbakki (an orgasm of natural wonders), around 50 kilometres from Reykjavik, Bakki Hostel and Apartments is conveniently located for both the Icelandic capital and the stunning delights of the Golden Circle. With a cool story to tell, the building was once an old fish factory! Don’t worry, there are no lingering smells! There’s a ten-bed mixed dorm and a six-bed dorm for females only. All guests can feel a little fancy with rain showers and lavish living rooms, and lockers add to your peace of mind. Self-catering facilities, free Wi-Fi, free parking, and hair dryers are available, and there’s a small bar that adds to the sociable atmosphere.

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Best hostel in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland – Route 1 Guesthouse

Route 1 Guesthouse best hostels in Reykjavik

Route 1 Guesthouse is the best hostel in Hafnarfjordur Iceland

– $$
– Free Parking
– Sim Cards
– Peaceful Atmosphere

Located in Hafnarfjordur, Route 1 Guesthouse may only have private rooms (for two, four, and five) but it makes our list of top Reykjavik hostels for its good amenities, clean and smart designs, peaceful atmosphere, and reasonable prices for budget backpackers travelling in a group. Around a 20-minute bus ride from downtown Reykjavik, the hostel has a shared kitchen and offers free Wi-Fi and parking. Stock up on supplies for your home-made meals at two nearby supermarkets.

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Best Hostel with a Private Room in Reykjavik – Hlemmur Square

Hlemmur Square best hostels in Reykjavik

Hlemmur Square is an affordable budget backpackers and the best hostel with a private room in Reykjavik…

– $
– Onsite Restaurant/Bar
– Pool Table
– Tour Desk

A perfect Reykjavik pad for budget backpackers and fancy flashpackers, Hlemmur Square offers a combination of affordable dorm beds and fancy private rooms with flashes of luxury. Splashes of colour breathe life into the property and the spacious rooms have blackout curtains and big lockers. Grab a drink or bite to eat in the restaurant/bar and unwind in one of the comfy lounges. Challenge friends, old and new, to a game of pool or a board-game marathon, make full use of the two kitchens, explore with rented bikes, book exciting trips, and surf the net with free Wi-Fi.

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More of the best hostels in Reykjavik

Although the Icelandic capital doesn’t have a whole heap of hostels to choose from, we’ve searched high and low to find you another 8 top hostels in Reykjavik and nearby areas, giving you more choices when it comes to the perfect place to stay.

 

Laekur Hostel

Laekur Hostel best hostels in Reykjavik

Laekur Hostel is one of the best youth hostels in Reykjavik

– $$
– Bar/Café
– Luggage Storage
– Steam Room

Laekur Hostel has comfortable dorms for four, six, and eight, all beautifully decorated in a traditional Nordic style. Located in a quiet and high-class area, the stylish youth hostel in Reykjavik is just a short walk from many of Reykjavik’s major attractions. Sociable travellers can mingle in several awesome common areas, and there’s a communal kitchen where you can save money by cooking your own meals. You don’t even need to worry about doing your dishes afterwards—there’s a dishwasher! If you really can’t be bothered cooking, however, there’s an onsite café-cum-bar. Wi-Fi is free and lockers are provided.

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Hostel B47

Hostel B47 best hostels in Reykjavik

Hostel B47 is a top backpackers hostel in Reykjavik

– $$
– Wheelchair Accessible
– Free Parking
– Steam Room

Hostel B47 is a top hotel in Reykjavik for travellers who like staying in a building with a bit of olde-worlde character; the hostel is located in an interesting historic house. Vibrant wall art adds a modern and rather quirky twist. Communal areas include a lounge, a dining area, and a basic kitchen. Vending machines are ideal if you get an attack of the midnight munchies. Wi-Fi is free and parking is also free, great news for people enjoying a self-driving adventure around Iceland.

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101 Hostel

101 Hostel best hostels in Reykjavik

101 Hostel is a top hostel for solo travelers in Reykjavik

– $$
– Steam Room
– Bike Hire
– Luggage Storage

A top youth hostel in Reykjavik for backpackers who love meeting other travellers, 101 Hostel has everything you need for a comfortable stay in the city centre. Dorms sleep five, six, eight, or 11, and the property is wheelchair accessible. Chill out and socialise in the common room, or impress your fellow travellers with your culinary skills in the kitchen. Don’t fret about using too many dishes; no need to waste precious time with boring chores thanks to the dishwasher. Rent bicycles to explore Reykjavik and relax in the steam room after a day of sightseeing.

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Reykjavik City Hostel

Reykjavik City Hostel best hostels in Reykjavik

Reykjavik City Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Reykjavik and Iceland

– $$
– Wheelchair Friendly
– Bike Hire
– Games Room

The award-winning Reykjavik City Hotel is bursting with amenities and has a terrific location. It’s a top hostel in Reykjavik for travellers seeking wellness and relaxation. Within a ten-minute bus ride of downtown, you won’t go far to benefit from Iceland’s famous thermal waters—the hostel is right next door to the awesome Laugardalslaug thermal pool. There are indoor and outdoor social areas, a games room, kitchen, BBQ, tour desk, and café-bar, and the hostel offers free Wi-Fi and parking, hair dryers, laundry facilities, bike hire, and more. And, if all that wasn’t enough, the hostel regularly organizes social events too.

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Reykjavík Hostel Village

Reykjavík Hostel Village best hostels in Reykjavik

Reykjavík Hostel Village is a top hostel in Reykjavik

– $$
– Tour Desk
– BBQ
– Free Parking

A great youth hostel in Reykjavik for travellers who love shopping, Reykjavik Hostel Village is just a few steps from the city’s liveliest shopping street: Laugavegur. There are private rooms and dormitories spread across three buildings. All rooms are bright and cheerful. There are no communal cooking facilities but you can start your day with a spring in your step after filling up on the buffet breakfast (extra charge) or toss something tasty on the BBQ. Groups of friends that really want to cook, however, can book a private apartment with a kitchen.

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IGDLO Guesthouse

IGDLO Guesthouse best hostels in Reykjavik

IGDLO is a highly reviewed youth hostel in Reykjavik

– $$$
– Laundry Facilities
– Luggage Storage
– Free Parking

Although not strictly a hostel, the family-run IGDLO Guesthouse is still a great choice for backpackers in Reykjavik. Single rooms are available for solo travellers, the four-bed room is perfect for families or groups of buddies, and there are also rooms for couples. All rooms share bathrooms. The friendly members of staff are a great source of info about local must-sees and the guesthouse is in a prime location just a short walk from Reykjavik’s main bus station. There’s a shared kitchen and dining area, an outside terrace, and laundry facilities. Wi-Fi and parking are free.

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Vibrant Iceland Hostel

Vibrant Iceland Hostel best hostels in Reykjavik

Vibrant Iceland Hostel is a top hostel for solo travelers and Digital Nomads in Reykjavik

– $$
– Steam Room
– Free Parking
– Wheelchair Accessible

Situated between Reykjavik city centre and the airport, the boutique Vibrant Ice Hostel can be found in Hafnarfjordur. We predict this could become one of the best hostels around Reykjavik in 2019, largely because of its chilled-out vibe, modern amenities, and offbeat feeling. It’s easy to get to and from by public transport. The peace and quiet follows you to bed for a restful sleep. Each bed has a curtain for complete privacy and a reading light. Meet other like-minded travellers and get Iceland inspiration in the common rooms and kitchen.

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Start Hostel

Start Hostel best hostels in Reykjavik

Start Hostel is a great hostel near the Reykjavik airport

– $$$
– Free Breakfast
– Free Parking
– Lockers

A convenient Reykjavik hostel near the airport, Start Hostel is eight kilometres from Keflavik Airport and 47 kilometres from Reykjavik city centre. A fairly new property, it is clean, comfortable, and modern. The six-bed dorms are separated by gender, and there are private rooms for two, three, four, and five. There’s a large communal kitchen as well as a shared lounge and laundry facilities. Breakfast and Wi-Fi are included and parking is free, ideal if you’ve collected a car for a self-driving backpacking trip around Iceland.

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Why you should travel to Reykjavik and Iceland

Get ready. Iceland is going to blow you away. Hopefully with the help of this guide you’ll have a better understanding of the best hostels in Iceland so you can focus on the amazing sights this country has to offer.

And remember, if you are having a tough time deciding which hostel to book, our highest recommendation is Kex Hostel.

Kex Hostel best hostels in Reykjavik

Kex Hostel is still our favorite of all of the best hostels in Reykjavik

 

Travel Safety Tips for Reykjavik and Iceland

Don’t forget to sort your travel insurance! We’ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers – check it out here, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads now, our favourite travel insurance provider.

 

More Epic Hostels in Iceland and Europe

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Reykjavik.

Planning an epic trip all across Iceland or even Europe itself?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Reykjavik has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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