Iceland is known for many things, but a budget destination it is not. Being relatively isolated, the cost of living is fairly high and of course these prices are often reflected in the price of accommodation. So, what is one to do if travelling to Iceland without an endless budget? There are a number of ways to help save money whilst travelling – one of which is to stay in a hostel.
We found the Galaxy Pod Hostel to be a quiet haven after a day of travel in Iceland and with a range of options available, it will suit most travellers in Reykjavík.
We spotted their ‘pods’ online and knew instantly it was a place we wanted to check out. Long story short, they’re awesome!
Each pod is equipped with a little air-conditioning unit, a range of power points and USB chargers, a mirror, independent lighting options and many of them had their own little TVs. When you’re ready to escape the rest of the world, you just pull down on the screen to create your own private sanctuary.
What are the Shared Spaces Like at the Galaxy Pod Hostel?
The communal spaces at Galaxy are well-maintained and tidy with plenty of room for everyone.
The uni-sex bathrooms were clean and there were plenty of showers for the number of people staying. The water smelt a little of sulphur but that’s to be expected when it’s sourced from the naturally heated wells in the ground.
Though we didn’t cook, there were basic facilities for preparing meals and a supermarket across the road which was particularly useful! The area doesn’t have a great deal of restaurants but with the town an easy walk down the road, there are plenty of options within reach if you would like a meal out.
We relaxed in the lounge for a while after check-out, watching the first real snow of the winter season fall over Reykjavík – the sofas were comfy, the view was pretty and the wifi strong – everything we look for really!
How Staying in a Hostel in Iceland Can Help You Save Money
- By sharing a room and bathroom facilities with others you’ll instantly save some hard-earned dosh over the price of a hotel. Also, if you’re travelling as a single traveller, you’ll avoid having to pay for a room by yourself.
- Having a kitchen onsite allows you to shop locally (or bring some basics from home, should you have room in your bags) and prepare your own meals and snacks. Though we didn’t find Iceland to be as expensive as we expected, meals out were a significant jump up in price from supermarket prices (which were surprisingly affordable all things considered).
- Further money is saved by having you bring your own toiletries and sometimes your own towel (check with where you’re staying to see if they supply them – if you do need your own, we recommend a Turkish towel. They’re so much more absorbent than the ‘quick-dry’ travel towels, lovely and soft and don’t take up much space). It’s worth noting that most hostels won’t let you use your own sleeping bag anymore, so there’s no need to carry about your own bedding.
Is it worth shelling out the extra money for a pod over a normal dorm bed?
The answer to that question largely depends on your budget but if you’ve got access to the spare money, absolutely. It normally takes me a night or so to re-adjust to having other people sleeping in a room with me, but with my own pod, I fell asleep right away and stayed snoozing all night – that’s never happened for me in the past!
The pods themselves are reasonably well-sized. They’re not huge but give you enough room to move about in bed without feeling confined and would be suitable for the majority of people. If you suffer from claustrophobia then you may find the space to be a little enclosed for your liking but we were both more than happy in our little homes for the night.
If you’d prefer, they do have more traditional bunk beds available too at a lower price point and all rooms come with the use of digitally secured lockers.
When you’re in Reykjavík and are looking for a relaxed and comfortable place to stay that provides a good level of privacy without breaking the bank then Galaxy Hostel may be the perfect option for your visit to Iceland!
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Thank you to Galaxy Pod Hostel for hosting us for the evening to review their pods. All thoughts, as always, are our own.