The Galaxy Pod Hostel in Reykjavík is offering hosts overnight stays that resemble a journey to the end of the galaxy. From the outside, the hostel doesn’t look like anything special. It is located a little away from the center of Reykjavík, in a building that also has a car dealership. Visitors who enjoy science fiction movies and spaceships will be delighted from the moment the walk through the door.
The Galaxy Pod Hostel opened in 2015 but this summer it has been remodeled to become more true to the idea of Sverrir Guðmundsson, the creator of the project. The inspiration came from a scene in the movie The 5th Element, where Bruce Willis and Mila Jovovich’s characters are sleeping in pods on a spaceship. “Our beds are even more comfortable than those in the movie,” Guðmundsson said.
I believe there is always a romantic side to sleeping in a hostel like this, when you are traveling to Iceland which is an otherworldly place.Sverrir Guðmundsson, creator of the project
According to Travel + Leisure, each self-contained pod includes a twin- or queen-sized bed, reading lights, hangers, mirrors, a secure locker, a privacy curtain, charging stations, and a special bluish lighting to create a space-like atmosphere. The units are stacked in multi-guest dormitories that sleep four, eight, or twenty four people. There’s also a female-only dormitory with a capacity for six people.
The hostel also has a kitchen for guests, an elevator, wheelchair access, free Wi-Fi, a bar with refreshments, a movie room, Virtual Reality games, and common areas with comfortable couches. A dormitory in a room with capacity for 24 people costs about 38€.