This was our first hostel in Iceland - in fact, our first hostel ever. Before that, I had always preferred hotels, but during the road trip through Iceland there isn't really much of a choice.
We were arriving to Keflavik airport around midnight, and needed a place to sleep before heading down along the south-east coast. Going to Reykjavik would be in totally different direction, plus we didn't want to sort out city parking. Unfortunately, there isn't much accommodation options to choose from in the area around Keflavik airport.
Fit Hostel, or Njarðvík Hostel, is also knows as Hostel by the Airport, which is partly true. However, as it lies about 4km away from the terminal, getting there without a car would be a problem, especially in cold season. Even with a car and during the light summer nights, armed with GPS, it was a bit tricky to find - the entrance to the hostel grounds is from some sort of a junk yard on the back of the street.
Quite adequate, given the late hour. Considering that most of the hostels in Iceland close for the night around 9pm (even during the high season), it is definitely a bonus. We were shown to our room with no hassle and the guy at the reception was very pleasant (as most of the icelandic folks!).
We booked a room for 2, but they didn't have any available, and gave us whole 6-bed dorm to ourselves. The beds were ok, and we used our own sleeping bags. The room had a key, but the lock didn't work, so we had to bar the doors with our suitcases to avoid going back to the reception which was in another building.
Unfortunately, that room was right next to the common/dining area and the kitchen, and there were people sitting chatting through the night - they tried to keep it down, but the walls were very thin. And as early as 5.30-6am people started moving in to cook/eat, banging frying pans and boiling water. No sleeping in for the tired travelers!
And yes, one more thing to add to the sleeping quality - the planes are taking off right above the hostel thus compensating for the "airport hostel" title :))
Toilets were clean, but we didn't use the showers. Kitchen looked ok.
For 40 EUR that we paid for a private room it was OK. However, the other Icelandic hostels we stayed at during our journey were definitely better. Next time I might stay in the same hostel if I absolutely have to, but not longer for one night. I cannot imagine how other travelers end up there for several days in a row - Iceland is big, and there are far better places to find a shelter!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hostel/guesthouse offers sleeping bag and made up beds accomodation in 29 rooms and can accommodate about 100 people at a time. The rooms are without bathrooms but they are available on all floors. Both houses offer cooking facilities, breakfast, living rooms, TVs, showers, internet access, washing facilities and a hot tub ... more less
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