ICELAND // part three


We are always travelling on a budget and we never book anything in advance so all of our travels seemed to be a bit of a lucky dip when it comes to where we sleep. After the quaint hotel by the sea and a little cabin in the woods, we thought we had pretty much had our fill of surprising, affordable finds in Iceland. That was until we stumbled upon KEX, a converted downtown biscuit factory, in Reykjavik.

Now, I have stayed in my fair share of hostels. In fact, there is probably a whole post waiting to go on this topic. My most memorable encounters include a horrendous sweat pit in Barcelona, the family shack (which lied when it said it was a hostel) in Mexico, the £4 dream stay in Krakow (which I thought I would never top), the drug-fuelled commune in Thunder Bay (which was swiftly abandoned for a motel), the downtown Toronto hell-hole with it’s broken air-con and no-window opening policy in the midst of a heat wave (fuck them and their free pancakes) and the charming 19th Century restored Czech Inn where I started my backpacker days. As I said, I am no stranger to hostels but KEX pretty much blew everything I knew about hostels out of the water. This hostel is full of antiques, salvaged materials, quirky finds, natural light, friendly bar staff (yes it has a bar) and homemade dinners. It is clean and has affordable double beds! One night was nowhere near enough and we are definately returning as soon as we can get back to Iceland. Thank you KEX. You were one hell of a find. You beat every other hostel. You serve Wolf-fish and mash potatoes for dinner. I think really we should come and live with you. 

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