We did not really know what to expect when we drove down the road to the hostel. Some other travellers we had met had implied that this place was different. And this it is!
This is no luxurious clean new hostel but a converted farmhouse with many unusual features. There re some good points and some difficulties but staying only one night these did not matter too much to us.
Good: the host is welcoming and friendly. You feel you are staying in a piece of history. The seals are interesting to watch and the beach is full of amazing birds (dead and alive); watch the aggressive Arctic Terns! The views and changing colours of the mountains are stunning to watch. Our room was upstairs and we had a good view and quieter time of it. Small shop and cafe/bar run by host in the reception.
Not so good: the communal areas are small and noisy with all the rooms linked to them. The living room has no views! The two kitchens are lacking in equipment e.g. One chopping board, one serving bowl, one frying pan for whole hostel. Meant you were queuing up to wash things and use them as soon as someone finished using these things. Difficult to move around the hostel without making noise- sorry to everyone we disturbed by getting up early.
All in all I am glad we stayed but do not feel the need to stay again.
I stayed in Osar for my second night in Iceland. I had spent all day on the road, and arrived a couple hours before reception closed. As I was driving on the gravel road, I came to the most beautiful view of the mountains and water, realizing that the hostel was looking onto this spectacular scene. At check-in I was upgraded to a private room at no extra cost. The host was quite friendly, and after settling in I returned to the reception to utilize the Wi-Fi, which is localized to this area. However, I struck up a conversation with the owner (and farmer in fact...it is a functional farm!) and learned more about Iceland from him than the rest of the trip's discussions. I was quite comfortable in my room, and awoke to a gorgeous landscape. From the hostel it is possible to walk all the way down to the beach to see the seals and an interesting rock formation. This was one of my best mornings as I took a long walk on the beach. Next time I come to Iceland I will be spending more time here, and multiple nights instead of just one. If you get a chance enjoy this area, unplug and take a walk on the beach.
I loved my stay at Osar - Knutur was such a wonderful host, so friendly and outgoing. I loved hearing about the history of the farm house and am glad that it is now a hostel. My room was cozy and comfortable. Almost the entire house was full that night, which was surprising since it was 30 minutes off the main road, down a dirt road. Must be popular! Unfortunately the weather was so bad (the worst storm in 120 years I later heard) that I wasn't able to see the seals up close. Definitely coming back!
Stayed here for 1 night on recent photography tour through Iceland. I was in the main house in a double room - it was spacious enough and the bed was comfortable. The shower had ridiculously hot water and great water pressure (not always the case everywhere we stayed). Loved the bar - Knutur had a great selection of icelandic beers. Wifi was not available in the house but was available at the bar and adjacent patio area. Our trip leaders were able to cook a terrific meal for us using the kitchen and their grilling equipment. This hostel is within walking distance of Hvitserkur, a much photographed rock in northern Iceland; the surrounding scenery is very stunning. Definitely worth a visit.
This is a lovely sheep farm on a fjord with incredible views. Our room was a cabin with a view of the fjord. The bed was comfortable and the room was very nice. Water in Iceland is pure and drinkable from the tap and this was no exception. We photographed Dinosaur Rock along seashore. Our host was the farmer who took time to give a history of the place. Breakfast was in a yurt (the only one in Iceland according to our host). The food was very good. Definitely a place to stay!