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“Modern Facilities; Striking, Isolated Location” 4 of 5 stars
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Skaftarhreppur, Kirkjubaejarklaustur 880, Iceland   |  
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“Modern Facilities; Striking, Isolated Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

I had an excellent night's stay at Hvoll Hostel while driving through Southeast Iceland. Hvoll Hostel is situated a few kilometers off the main highway, up a dirt road that is a bit bumpy but definitely navigable with a front-wheel-drive car (at least in dry weather).

The nearest town, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, is some distance away. This is the perfect hostel choice for anyone seeking a remote night away on the edge of the Sandar without going camping. I opted for this hostel because of its central location near Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón, and also because it made for a comfortable day's drive from Reykjavík.

The premises are basic but well maintained. The property has a house, where check-in occurs and breakfast is served, and two adjacent buildings. The largest building is also the newest, and it is clear that it was built to accommodate a large number of travelers in simple but clean and comfortable fashion. The surrounding land was wide open, and I thoroughly enjoyed walking around for an hour taking in the vistas and snapping some photos.

I had a cozy room all to myself even though it could accommodate two. The room was outfitted with its own sink, and a full bathroom was just a short walk down the hallway. There was an enormous common room and large kitchen area, which was kept very clean, but there was no lounge area with sofas or chairs. A lounge area would have been very nice! Interesting tidbit: The hostel has a no-shoes policy (likely due to all the dirt and mud outside), so be prepared to leave them at the door both at check-in and again when entering the main building.

Be absolutely sure to bring all your own food items for dinner, and breakfast if you opt out of the one provided, as the nearest restaurant and market are over half an hour away. Speaking of breakfast, I opted in since I only brought dinner food. It was simple but satisfying enough to get me through lunch. Overall, I recommend staying at this amazingly situated hostel!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2010

Near the town with the wonderful name Kirkjubaejarklaustur, close to the sea and with a fantastic view of dramatic peaks and Vatnajokull in the background this wonderful hostel can be found. Three little houses in a peaceful rural setting, small "dorms" (the one we stayed in had two bunkbeds, so a good night's sleep could be had), cozy common areas/kitchens, and an overall relaxed vibe. Besides, there's hardly anywhere else to stay in the area. Recommended!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2009

It had been a long time ago sinceI stayed in a hostel and I was thinking back dreadfully about the noisy rooms and bathrooms shared with many other guests. However, this hostel, about 30 kms from the town Kirkjubaejarklaustur is very isolated, very quiet and clean. The owner, living in a house next to the hostel, was very kind. Breakfast was served every morning in her house. There are facilities to cook in the hostel itself. However, we didn't have any food with us and needed to drive back to the down to go to a restaurant (the second day we just ate in another hotel nearby). That's the only negative point: you have to drive many kms to find something, but I guess that's just how it is in South-East Iceland, no matter where you stay!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Skaftarhreppur, Kirkjubaejarklaustur 880, Iceland
Location: Iceland > South Region > Kirkjubaejarklaustur
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Kirkjubaejarkl...
Number of rooms: 12
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Hostel Hvoll Iceland/Kirkjubaejarklaustur

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