North Star Staðarflöt is strategically positioned halfway between Reykjavik and Akureyri, offering visitors a self-service check-in experience. Each room is designed to be simple yet comfortable, complete with a TV and an ensuite bathroom with a shower. Notably, the Hrutafjordur bay is a mere 2.5 km away. Upon entry, guests are greeted in a glass building that opens up to a shared lounge with panoramic views of the landscape. Additional amenities such as a garden, children’s playground, and a games room complete with billiards and chess, make it a versatile space for travelers of all kinds.
With a range of activities to partake in, such as hiking and fishing, guests are never short of ways to engage with the surrounding environment. Those inclined to venture out can head to Hvammstangi town centre and the seal centre located 34 km away. Reviews frequently highlight the spaciousness and cleanliness of the rooms, the delectable variety at breakfast, and the helpfulness of the staff. However, some guests pointed out sporadic internet connectivity, limited TV channels, and communication challenges with management. A few also commented on the auditory transparency of rooms, but on the whole, the establishment's cleanliness and unique self-check-in experience were viewed positively.
Hvammstangi Hostel is prominently located in Hvammstangi, offering guests access to free WiFi. This no-frills hostel has rooms that come equipped with a desk, a shared kitchenette, and a dining area. Amenities in the kitchenette include a microwave, toaster, coffee maker, refrigerator, sandwich-grill, and water boiler. The shared lounge area boasts a flat-screen TV where guests can use their own Netflix accounts. Guests also commend the easy check-in process, the hostel's prime location, and the general cleanliness of the facility.
The hostel is especially favored for its multitude of amenities. With a variety of toilets and showers, it's never an issue for guests to find available facilities. The shared kitchen is lauded for its good equipment and the WiFi is robust with ample sockets in each room. Guests also get access to a washing machine and dryer without any additional charges, and the presence of blackout curtains is a boon considering the midnight sun. However, a few guests noted minor drawbacks like squeaky beds and the occasional shortage of kitchen amenities. The dedication of the cleaning staff, particularly the cleaning woman, was also highlighted as a notable positive.