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 South Coast
Hotel South Coast
3.5 out of 5
Eyrarvegur 11-13, Selfoss
The price is $132 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in the heart of Selfoss, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Selfoss Church and within 9 mi (15 km) of Turf House and LA Art Museum. Geothermal park ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (86 reviews)
"We had a great stay here! The front desk was very friendly and offered suggestions for dinner. They provided fresh fruit for guests and hot water for tea in the evening. The rooms were very comfortable with rain shower head in the shower. Parking was very easy and free. Walking distance to restaurants. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2021

Hotel South Coast
Hotel Grimsborgir – Your Golden Circle Retreat
Hotel Grimsborgir – Your Golden Circle Retreat
5 out of 5
Asborgir 30, Selfoss, Southern Region
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The price is $322 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 28
Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is 5.6 mi (9 km) from Kerid Crater and within 16 mi (25 km) of Nesjavellir and Thingvellir National Park. Reykjadalur ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (178 reviews)
"The location was good for sightseeing itinerary. We splurged for a 5 star hotel, however this property misses the mark in this category. Rooms are nicely decorated, and staff was friendly. Unfortunately our room faced a building under construction. Not something I was expecting at the price. Beds ..."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Hotel Grimsborgir – Your Golden Circle Retreat
360 Hotel & Thermal Baths
360 Hotel & Thermal Baths
4 out of 5
Mosató 3, Selfoss, Southern Region
The price is $327 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in Selfoss, this golf hotel is 18.3 mi (29.4 km) from Kerid Crater and within 32 mi (52 km) of Secret Lagoon and Raufarhólshellir. Thingvellir National ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (78 reviews)
"Best place we stayed in Iceland. The hotel staff was very friendly, helped us map the rest of out trip, the food was outstanding both dinner and breakfast. The two dogs that walk around all day give the entire place a very cozy feeling (like home). The thermal pool and sauna are excellent and worth ..."

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

360 Hotel & Thermal Baths
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.
Heima Holiday Homes
Heima Holiday Homes
3 out of 5
Hraunvellir, Selfoss
The price is $135 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
Situated in Selfoss, this cabin is 6.5 mi (10.5 km) from Urridafoss Waterfall and within 20 mi (32 km) of Selfoss Church and Tre Og List. Skalholt Historical ...
5/5 Exceptional! (47 reviews)
"I loved that these were individual pods with complete kitchens, full size fridges, heated bathroom floors and completely quiet. The owners were incredibly quick to resolve any issues (we needed a wine opener). Their dog is so friendly and well trained he just makes you smile. He also will run with ..."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Heima Holiday Homes
Kerbyggd: Luxury House and Cottage in Golden Circle
Kerbyggd: Luxury House and Cottage in Golden Circle
4 out of 5
Kerbyggð 1, Selfoss, South Iceland
The price is $370 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in Selfoss, this cottage is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Kerid Crater and 10.4 mi (16.7 km) from Selfoss Church. Reykjadalur Valley and Thingvellir National ...
5/5 Exceptional! (26 reviews)
"This was a wonderful property. It would be nice if the drying rack was a bit larger but outside of that it was a wonderful place to stay."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2021

Kerbyggd: Luxury House and Cottage in Golden Circle
Minniborgir Cottages
Minniborgir Cottages
3 out of 5
Minni-Borg, Selfoss
Located in the mountains, this family-friendly aparthotel is 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Kerid Crater and 9.9 mi (16 km) from Skalholt Cathedral. Reykjadalur Valley ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (216 reviews)
"It was excellent. There are even pots, knives and some other kitchenware here. U can cook everthing if you have vege or meat. Receptionist is friendly. Even the fisrt aid pack you can find in the room."

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Minniborgir Cottages
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