On Rte. 261, 27km (17 miles) east of Hvolsvöllur in Markarfljót valley, the remote Fljótsdalur Youth Hostel (tel. 487-8498 or 487-8497; www.hostel.is; 2 units without bathroom; Apr 12-Oct 15 1,700kr/$27/£14 bunk; 250kr ($4/£2) sheet rental; AE, DC, MC, V; Closed Oct 16-Apr 11) is practically a mountain hut. Yet, with its turf roof, beautifully tended garden, library full of yellowing travelogues, and incredible views toward Þórsmörk, it could hardly offer more ramshackle appeal. Book well in advance, and remember that all food must be brought in.

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