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Reyðarfjörður HI Hostel - Hjá Marlín

The guesthouse/youth hostel is located in three houses, one of which has 5 rooms and the other 10 double- and triple rooms. Accommodation capacity totals 100, available either as ready-made beds or sleeping-bag accommodation. Breakfast-service is an option but cooking facilities are at hand in every house.

Internet and laundry service available.

Please contact for prices and booking information.

reydarfjordur@hostel.is

Reyðarfjörður HI Hostel - Hjá Marlín

Vallargerði 9

GPS Points N65° 1' 57.974" W14° 12' 0.731"
Accommodation 33 Rooms / 100 Beds / 3 Houses
Opening period All year
Service Walking path Sleeping bag acc. Hotel / guesthouse Cooking facilities

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Austurland

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Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur