Selfoss

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Selfoss featuring a cascade, rapids and a gorge or canyon
Trek around the mountains, active volcanoes and fjords in the varied terrain surrounding one of southern Iceland’s prominent towns.

The Ölfusá River flows through the town of Selfoss, where the skyline is dominated by the imposing Ingolfsfjall Mountain. With about 6,000 inhabitants, Selfoss is one of the most populated parts of southern Iceland and among the few trade and industry hubs in the country. Residents of Reykjavik sometimes move to Selfoss for its slower pace of life.

Stroll along the Ölfusá River and enjoy the town’s tranquil setting. Capture photos of the Ingolfsfjall Mountain looming over the river at sunset. In winter, the mountain adopts a glowing pink hue when the sunset colors the snow.

Arrive in town in early August for the Summer in Selfoss Festival, where ribbons decorate residents’ gardens and a party takes place in a park. Walk around town and try some of the country’s specialties for a sense of Icelandic culture. These include saltfiskur, a dried fish, and a type of almond cake called mondlukaka.

Use Selfoss as a base for the many surrounding landmarks. Travel to Kopavogur in the northwest for its cultural highlights. Visit the Kopavogur Church for its atypical design with large arches. The concert hall and natural history museum are among the town’s highlights.

North of Selfoss lie the Geysir Hot Springs, where the impressive Strokkur erupts every few minutes. Stare at bubbling mud pits and capture photos of otherworldly natural features.

Fly to the airport at Reykjavik, which is 31 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of town. The drive from the capital to Selfoss, which is near the southern portion of the Golden Circle route, should take less than 1 hour. Nearby communes include Hveragerdi to the west, Eyrarbakki to the south and Hella to the east.

Stay at a hotel near the picturesque river and mountain of Selfoss before taking tours around its countryside.

Hotel Selfoss
Hotel Selfoss
3.5 out of 5
Eyravegur 2, Selfoss, Southern Region, 800
The price is $119 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9
$119
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Selfoss. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (144 reviews)
"Excellent location with a view over the river to see the northern lights. There are plenty of places to eat working walking distance. Comfortable beds but flat almost pointless pillows. They have a nice assortment of teas in the room and a few packets of instant coffee. Very nice lobby with fireplace. ..."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Hotel Selfoss
ION Adventure Hotel
ION Adventure Hotel
4 out of 5
Nesjavellir, Selfoss, South Iceland, IS-801
The price is $330 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$330
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Selfoss. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (227 reviews)
"Wonderful spot"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

ION Adventure Hotel
Hotel South Coast
Hotel South Coast
3.5 out of 5
Eyrarvegur 11-13, Selfoss, 800
The price is $159 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$159
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Selfoss. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (144 reviews)
"Great!"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Hotel South Coast
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Minniborgir Cottages
Minniborgir Cottages
3 out of 5
Minni-Borg, Selfoss, IS-801
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Selfoss. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 15 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the WiFi ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (228 reviews)
Lovely peaceful and comfortable cabin
"Great log cabin with private decking and hot tub area. Spacious cabin which included all the essentials in the kitchen. Great base to see thingvellir, kerid, geyser and gullfoss. Served food which was ok. We were lucky enough to see the Aurora duing our stay."

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2022

Minniborgir Cottages
Heima Holiday Homes
Heima Holiday Homes
3 out of 5
Hraunvellir, Selfoss, 801
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly cabin in Selfoss. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (87 reviews)
"These little cabins looked amazing online and didn't disappoint. They were quiet, comfortable and very spacious! We were able to grab some food from a near by store and made dinner in the cabins. The best part though was the dogs! They were lovely, even stayed outside our cabin and loved playing ..."

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

Heima Holiday Homes
Klettar Tower Iceland
Klettar Tower Iceland
3 out of 5
Klettar, Selfoss, Southern Region, 801
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Selfoss. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Discover genuine guest ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (45 reviews)
"These was the most uniquely adorable place! Super clean and close to the secret lagoon!"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2022

Klettar Tower Iceland
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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