what´s our story?

The Freezer is a social hostel that shares its premises with a highly rated professional theatre, international artists residency and culture centre.

bringing west icelandic culture Back

Formerly the property housed a traditional Icelandic fish factory but after a massive makeover, lead by local theatre-maker and owner Kári Viðarsson, The Freezer is now fit and ready to welcome culture-thirsty travellers during their exploration of west Iceland and the magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier national park.

The Freezer and its operation is rooted in a strong will to offer travellers a chance to experience Icelandic culture and art, whilst staying at a location that is famous for beautiful landscapes and wildly attractive to those hooked on hiking, sightseeing, bird watching, horseback riding, caving and northern lights searching!

meet THE locaLS 

Our hometown is Rif, one of the smallest fishing villages in Iceland. Rif is parked on the north side Snæfellsnes peninsula, right opposite the stunning Snæfellsjökull Glacier.

Experience real icelandic countryside

The population of Rif counts only a little over a 150 inhabitants but despite this, Rif is very much a cheerful and friendly community. Within it you will find a very busy harbour, a fish market (if you ask the fishermen kindly you might get a free piece of haddock) and Gamla Rif, a superb cafe/restaurant. 

Welcome to THE FREEZER

Have you ever bunked in a former fish factory that now serves as an award winning social hostel, culture centreprofessional theatre and artists residency in rural Iceland?

At The Freezer Hostel, Icelandic arts, culture and local hospitality come together to create unforgettable memories for those looking for the complete West Icelandic experience. 

On top of this, The Freezer sits right next door to all the natural wonders of Snæfellsjökull Glacier National Park and in the perfect spot for witnessing the Northern Lights. Book your bed below and note that if you are booking during our events season, between the 1st of June and the 31st of August, try to arrive early so you don´t miss out on the theatre, music, cinema, game nights or whatever else we may have on ... Oh.. and, linen is included :)

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