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Suðursveit, A-Skaftafellssýsla, Vagnsstaðir, Iceland

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Overall Rating 75%

From 51 Reviews

Hostel rating (51)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 79%
Cleanliness 75%
Location 82%
Security 81%
Service 71%
Comfort 64%
Green rating 81%

Vagnsstaðir is not too far from the beach where you can see all the local wildlife.

  • Dorm
    From $33.69
  • Private
    From $80.22
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Vagnsstaðir Hostel

Hostel Vagnsstaðir

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Vagnsstaðir Hostel is in the Suðursveit area, about 50km west of Höfn and 28 km east of Jökulsárlón. The hostel is in an attractive area surrounded by beautiful mountains, with some great hiking paths that will entice you to explore the geology of this volcanic island.

Accommodation is offered in dorms and private rooms, and whilst there you can chill out in the common room, surf the Internet, make some dinner in the well-equipped kitchen or just chat to other travellers in the common room.

The shore, only 1,500m away, boasts extensive birdlife, seals on the beach and occasionally whales in the sea - a fascinating sight to see. From the hostel there are also jeep and snowmobile tours to Vatnajökull, Europe’s biggest glacier - you can choose tours from 3-4 hours and it’s possible to combine hiking and snowmobiles as well.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 17:00 and 21:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 21:00
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 8 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 4 stay free.
  • Children under the age of 13 qualify for a discount on the advertised price at check-in.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of 11,11 % of rates quoted is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby
  • Internet Cafe Distance - More than 10km

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 17:00 to 21:00
From 17:00 to 21:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +354 478-1048 / 854-3133

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Jökulsárlón - The Glacier Lagoon (More than 10km)
  • Vatnajökull glacier (At or next to the hostel)
  • Skaftafell National Park (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Hey! Overall it was ok! But the fridge was full of water. The waste garbage was full. The room wasn't that clean. There was no pen or paper to write down the name for teh fridge. We liked the kitxhen area. Very nice dining room!


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Sat 12 Oct 2019

Nous avions une chambre pour 6, les autres personnes sont arrivées à 1 heure du matin. Pas de lumière dans les douches.


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Tue 01 Oct 2019

Our room was spacious, had a huge wardrobe, table chair and comfy beds. Washbasin in the room. washroom next door, showers downstairs. Nice openable windows. Parking right outside. No towels and we had to strip bed and put linen in basket when we left. No biggie! 10% discount with HI membership which we got online ahead. .


Avatar for Shyaam


Sat 28 Sep 2019

I stayed at vagnsstadir hostel in July 2019 I now have the time to write a full explanation as to why I think this hostel was such a disappointment, and terrible value for the price I paid. This hostel ruined my memories of that area, and that really annoys me. The place you stay adds or takes way from the enjoyment of the overall experience of exploring Iceland. Take a look at Trip advisor reviews for your property. You have 76 negative(terrible/poor /average) and 64 positive. That is a LOT of unhappy people. Have you read their comments? Firstly it would be helpful to explain to people (with a sign) where the reception is in your newer building. The reception and breakfast and food for sale are all around a corner which is not signposted in any way, I found it by accident, as I was staying in the older building. The older building where I stayed was full of issues. 1) the door in my room (beside sitting room ) would not stay closed when shut. 2) the shower downstairs , had feeble pressure and was on a timer, and you have to continuously press for it to come on when it stops. The downstairs toilet has feeble tap pressure too. For £35 a night I expect more. 3) I met very few staff; a woman doing the rooms in the morning, in the old building and a lady at breakfast in the new building. The woman doing the rooms in the old building who I met was completely in her own world , grumpy when spoken to and made me feel unwelcome. The reception when I found it was attended to by a friendly young lady but if management had thought she could have sold me a variety of non perishable food given the fact that there are no shops around and I was without transport (hitchhiking). I wanted to talk to someone about the possibility of getting a late checkout, due to having been kept awake by snorers, but there was no one. As I checked out late due to tiredness brought on by snorers, the lady doing the beds was really rude to me. The front door was open to anyone and the bedroom door was open to anyone and there were no lockers. Again, for £35 I expect more. I had issues with snorers and wanted to change rooms but there was no one to talk to Towels were not provided or even offered for use for a cost The breakfast cost was very high for the quality of what was offered , tasteless cheap coffee, but I spent the money because I was hungry and barely any other food was available to buy. There was no free tea/coffee , as there was for example in Hofn HI hostel. This was a hostel in the middle of nowhere and I was travelling alone and without a car. If the owners had thought of this, they could have provided for me such things to buy as crisps , chocolate, nuts, dried fruit etc but there was only noodles. It is not hard to get a vending machine – it makes sense, The owners/ mangers appear to me to be thoughtless about this place and like they don't care. They seem to not be around a lot, and charge for substandard services. It could have been so much better and so much more could have been provided. I paid £35 a night to stay at the hostel and this was not cheap for sharing a bedroom with 5 other people and being kept awake at night each night with men snoring. Prices in Hofn HI hostel were more expensive but everything was top quality, and staff were so helpful I was so happy there and I was so miserable in vagnsstadir. How a manager runs a hostel is very obvious in the detail and it seems the manager of vagnsstadir doesn’t care at all and doesn’t think about what he/she would like to experience in a hostel. HOFN HI was perfect, comfortable, I felt valued as a customer. I felt despite it being the most I have ever paid for a hostel- it was money well spent. The staff were so pleasant and helpful, some of the best I have ever met. In Vagnsstadir, I felt exploited and annoyed; exploited because I had no other option in the area. "Overpriced" is a recurring comment on tripadvisor for this property. I agree


Avatar for Joan


Fri 27 Sep 2019

Pretty low bunk beds, older building, small showers and kitchen could be cleaner.


Avatar for Peter


Thu 26 Sep 2019


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (More than 10km)
  • Golf course (More than 10km)
  • Gym (More than 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (More than 10km)
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (5 to 10km)
  • National / State Park (1 to 2km)
  • Parks / Green Area (More than 10km)
  • Restaurants (5 to 10km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (1 to 2km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (More than 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (More than 10km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (More than 10km)
  • Water park (More than 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

There are daily bus connections both from Höfn and from Reykjavík.
Onsite and offsite parking. Hostel is only 300m from the main road
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Walking / Hiking

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