Selfoss, the main service center for South Iceland, is a charming town located on the banks of the mighty river Ölfusá. Town known for its picturesque scenery has recently undergone a transformation with the construction of a new city center, which has revitalized the area and made it a hub for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Selfoss and its new city center offer visitors a chance to explore the history and culture of the region in a modern and engaging way. Whether you’re interested in art, history, or simply enjoying the beautiful surroundings, Selfoss has something to offer everyone.

Source: Visit South Iceland Markaðstofa

Being one of the oldest settlements in Iceland (mentioned in the Sagas of Icelanders) it is believed that among the first people who came here was Ingólfur Arnarson who started calling this place home somewhere around 873-74. It is this notable Icelander that gave name to the stunning  Ingólfsfjall mountain that is fenced with cliffs in three ways and gives Selfoss nice background. 

But what´s there to explore and experience while in Selfoss? Here come our recommendations! 

New (Old) City Center

Architecture inspired by buildings lost to the history

Made up from collection of  historical buildings replicas from all around Iceland is a new and vibrant place for everyone. Whether you wish to taste some Icelandic dishes, stroll down narrow and colourful streets or learn a bit about history of Iceland the New “Miðbær” is a must place to visit

Skyrland Exhibition

Exhibition about the most famous Viking Diary Product

Here you can discover a 1000-year story of how a Viking dairy product became a global health food. Rich in protein and low in fat Skýr became one of the most popular product among Icelanders and visitors alike. Exhibition is to be found in rebuilt “Mjólkuhúsið” – the Old Diary that now serves as true food culture house

River Banks

Walk on the banks of the mighty
Ölfusá River
Take leisurely walks along the river banks, enjoying the fresh air and the peaceful atmosphere. The sound of the rushing water combined with the gentle rustling of leaves creates a calming ambiance that is perfect for those seeking relaxation. Look out for “Lava Bubbles” – unique well-alike formations that are effect of cooling Lava.

Swimming Pool

Enjoy a dip with the locals at Selfoss´s swimming pool

Swimming pool is the best place to mix with the locals, so why not take the plunge at one? There’s a 25-meter outdoor pool, couple tubs and a cold pool too. In addition, there’s a children’s pool and three water slides (including one that will leave adults happy as well). For those not ready to swim in outdoor facilities there is also small indoor pool.

Dinning Options

Enjoy a wide range of dining options in downtown Selfoss

Selfoss has several fine restaurants and cafés locate within walking distance from your hotel. Looking for fancy meal? Why not try Tryggvaskáli – old style restaurant located in a historical building. Light snack? Pylsúvagninn is the most popular fast food stand in town (and maybe even entire Iceland). The Old Diary is also home to a food hall with several options, so you’re guaranteed a great meal, whatever you’re in the mood for.

Shopping Options

When in need  of some last minute shopping

Forgot something essential for your tour? Luckily in Selfoss you can stock yourself with nearly anything. Whether you prefer the indoor shopping mall or simply walk down the pedestrian street in the city center you got it here

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