Selfoss

Travel Guide
Skinnastadur which includes a gorge or canyon, a waterfall and a river or creek
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
The price is $139 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
$139
$159 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 1 - Jun 2
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Selfoss. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
9/10 Wonderful! (333 reviews)
"The staff is outstanding. Great view of the river."

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Hotel Selfoss
Hotel South Coast
Hotel South Coast
3.5 out of 5
Eyrarvegur 11-13, Selfoss
The price is $197 per night from May 19 to May 20
$197
$224 total
includes taxes & fees
May 19 - May 20
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. ...
9.4/10 Exceptional! (257 reviews)
"This hotel was really nice and the breakfast was actually really good. My husband is 6'5 and really enjoyed the shower. The only minor complaint I have is that the room is a little small."

Reviewed on May 11, 2024

Hotel South Coast
 Hotel Grimsborgir by Keahotels
Hotel Grimsborgir by Keahotels
4 out of 5
Asborgir 30, Selfoss, Southern Region
The price is $276 per night from May 20 to May 21
$276
$311 total
includes taxes & fees
May 20 - May 21
Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking.
9.2/10 Wonderful! (249 reviews)
"Pleasant enough stay"

Reviewed on May 10, 2024

Hotel Grimsborgir by Keahotels
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 & Restaurant
Minniborgir Cottages & Restaurant
3 out of 5
Minni-Borg, Selfoss
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Selfoss. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 15 outdoor pools. Popular attraction Kerid Crater is located nearby.
9/10 Wonderful! (254 reviews)
Great views
"Great apartment and great location. Very friendly staff. Hot tub could have been a little warmer but was very convenient and private"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024

Minniborgir Cottages & Restaurant
Heima Holiday Homes
Heima Holiday Homes
3 out of 5
Hraunvellir, Selfoss
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Selfoss. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and Netflix. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attraction Urridafoss ...
9.8/10 Exceptional! (147 reviews)
"Love the privacy and location. Property is clean and in good condition. 20 minutes from Selfoss for restaurants and grocery stores. The two cute dogs on the property are friendly and playful."

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2024

Heima Holiday Homes
Klettar Tower Iceland
Klettar Tower Iceland
3 out of 5
Klettar, Selfoss, Southern Region
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Selfoss. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden.
9.4/10 Exceptional! (63 reviews)
"2nd stay at the Tower of Power, and it was fantastic. One of a kind. Tommy Richmond, Virginia"

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

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.