Hafaldan HI Hostel in East Iceland

Harbour Building


Harbour Building offers double/twin rooms and four bed private room or dormitory


All rooms have a wash basin. Bathroom and shower facilities are shared.


Easy Self-Check-in

Our rooms

Double Room & Twin Room

Our double/twin rooms are small and cosy and the golden birch plywood walls give a warm ambience. All rooms include a washbasin and bathroom and showers are shared and are close by. Bed linen & towels are included.

1-6 persons

3 bunk beds

Shared bathroom + showers

Wash basin in room

Four-bed private room / A dormitory bed

Our 4-bed room is small and cosy with two built-in bunk beds with full size and comfortable mattresses. This room can both be a dorm room or a 4-bed private room. The room has shared bathroom and showers facilities but has an in-room washbasin. Bed linen & towels are included.

2-4 persons

2-4 single beds

Shared bathroom + showers

Wash basin in room

Good to know


Open from 1. April – 30. September. It is a residency for the LUNGA Art School during winter.

Self check-in / check-out

Self-check-in is from 13:00 and check-out at 10:00. Common areas can be enjoyed a bit longer.


Open from 8:00 – 10:00 in the morning and from 18:00 – 21:00 in the evening.


Bed linens & towels

Bed linen and towels are included in the room rate.

Free Wifi

Free WIFI is available throughout the facility.

Laundry facilities

Washing machine: 800 ISK
Dryer: 700 ISK
Drying rack: Free

Self-catering Kitchen

A fully-equipped kitchen with the essentials to cook with is available for all guests. Freshly brewed coffee and some choice of tea available for a minimum fee.

Light breakfast

Available from 8:15 every morning and are booked in the reception or beforehand.

Sourdough bread toast, butter, cheese & jam, juice &  freshly brewed coffee or tea.

Small bar

A small bar with a handpicked selection of beer and wine for a reasonable price & a small selection of handmade souvenirs is open during reception hours.

About the
Harbour Building

Hafaldan Harbour Hostel was established in 1975. Overlooking the fjord, it was built as a dormitory building for women working in the herring industry in the 1960’s. At that time four to six women stayed in each room that now is considered a small room for two. Thora Guðmundsdottir is the proud owner of Hafaldan and lives in her private apartment in one half of the hostel. The beautiful art collection in the living spaces and antique furniture in the rooms make this hostel very unique and cosy. The very best quality of this hostel is its view of the fjord from the dining room, it is both unforgettable & sometimes breathtaking. The hostel is overall colourful, authentic and homey with small, cosy but basic rooms. The hostel is ideal for those who seek a true fjord experience and like to meet different people and share experiences.

Our reception is located in the Old Hospital Building – Suðurgata 8, 710 Seyðisfjörður. Opening times are daily from 17 – 21.


Very nice place to stay in beautiful area

Very nice room, beautiful common areas, a free sauna, and the historical background of the place make the stay an excellent experience. The toilets and the showers are very nice and clean and there is also a nice big common kitchen and dining room.
There is also a big plus for Polish tourists - the staff is Polish 🙂

Highlight of our trip!

We loved the location. I absolutely love this hostel and adore its simplicity. Well-equipped kitchen, every detail taught. Overlooking the water with a beautiful eating area. Simple beds but very comfortable and clean! I love the easy check-in. Our names were on the list with the room number. I wish we could stay over for more days. Thank you for creating wonderful memories. Highly recommended!

Wish we could stay longer

Following the Walter Mitty road, you arrive at the cutest, coziest hostel. Great kitchen, very well organized, 3 stoves, suitable for many cooks...
Savna is great after all day's drive. Walking through the little town is very picturesque... Liked also the blueberries growing in the neighborhood...

9 Rated by Guests
Hafaldan Hi Hostel - Old Hospital Building

Traveller rating: 8.6Excellent