Highland Base Hostel

Simple accommodations for unforgettable explorations.

Heritage reborn

Simple comforts

With origins pre-dating Highland Base, our 20-room hostel has been refurbished and reborn. Rustic, rugged, basic, the building offers private accommodations for couples and families.

Nourishing & relaxing


Enjoy our complimentary enhancements: Buffet breakfast, high speed Wi-Fi, welcome drink, storytelling and stargazing (winter only), and the Highland Base Baths (opening this winter).

Private accommodations

Choose from two room types. The furnishings are basic and warm. The spaces are cozy and private. The hospitality is welcoming and friendly.

Standard Twin Room

  • Room size: 18 m²

  • 2 single beds

  • Max occupancy: 2 adults

  • Bathroom with shower

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Standard Family Room

  • Room size: 18 m²

  • Queen bunk bed

  • Max occupancy: 4 guests (2 adults / 2 children)

  • Bathroom with shower

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Bistro Comfort Food

Highland Base Restaurant

Hearty cooking. Alpine-style seating. Amazing views. Whether you’re enjoying a complimentary buffet breakfast or a dinnertime feast, our restaurant will keep you cozy and fueled up for your next adventure.


Heat from the earth

Highland Base Baths

Immerse yourself in geothermal warmth as you marvel at the breathtaking mountainscape. Opening in 2024.


Wonders of the universe


Explore the heavens with our high-powered telescope. Gaze on the cosmos from a place beyond the reach of light pollution. Witness an awe-inspiring canvas of northern lights, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies. A hypnotic feast for the eyes. An astrophotographer’s dream.

Stargazing is a hotel inclusion offered on clear nights from October to April at 21:00. A guide will be ready to assist you.

Tales from the extremes

Storytelling & welcome drink

Bring your thirst for knowledge to the lounge. Enjoy a free drink as our storyteller takes you on a 20-minute journey covering the history and geology of Kerlingarfjöll. Learn about the mountain range and the first mountaineers who conquered its summits in the 1940s. Discover the evolution of shelter in this extreme frontier—from the first cabin to the ski school to the birth of Highland Base.

Offered nightly from November to May at 17:00 in the lounge, storytelling with a welcome drink is an inclusion offered to guests of the hotel, lodges, and hostel.