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Lava Hostel

Lava Hostel offers a low-price accommodation in Hafnarfjörður a town known for elves and Vikings. In this great atmosphere, we offer rooms for up to eight people, a sleeping bag dorm for larger groups and a campsite. Guests are welcome to use our Wi-fi, laundry facility, kitchen and dining area. Lava Hostel is only 20 minutes drive from Reykjavik city center and in a walking distance from the center of Hafnarfjörður.

Lava Hostel is surrounded with Lava and nature, located next to a public park. The hostel is close to bus stops, shops, restaurants, museums, swimming pool, fly bus stops and various activities. If your mind is torn between the city life and the quiet nature Lava Hostel is the place for you. We offer you the best of both worlds.

If you are looking for a family friendly campsite near Reykjavik, Hafnarfjörður Camping is the place for you. The campsite is close to shops, restaurants, swimming pool and many tourist activities. Bus stops for the city bus and fly bus are nearby. The airport is 30 minutes drive away. We are situated in a beautiful green park surrounded by lava near the town center of Hafnarfjörður. However, downtown Reykjavik is only a 20 minutes drive away, so you still remain close to the action. Facilities include access to WC, showers, hot and cold water, laundry facility as well as internet, kitchen and a dining area located in Lava hostel. Electricity can be rented for campervans for a small fee.

Lava hostel and Hafnarfjörður camping is run by Hraunbúar scouts.

Lava Hostel

Hjallabraut 51

GPS Points N64° 4' 32.656" W21° 57' 53.919"
Accommodation 9 Rooms / 40 Beds
Opening period 01/05 - 30/09
Categories Guesthouses , Hostels , Camping

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The Reykjanes Peninsula

Towns & Villages

Visitors to Iceland who arrive via Keflavik International Airport on the Reykjanes Peninsula may be somewhat surprised by the landscape that greets their eyes as they touch down in Iceland for the very first time. A seemingly endless, green-grey moss-topped lava field blankets the peninsula for as far as the eye can see, and it is this strange and rather other-worldly sight that is your first glimpse of the land of fire and ice. 

Map Garður Sandgerði Reykjanesbær Vogar Grindavík