Though it is usually over-shadowed by its nearby and more populated compatriot city-Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, Selfoss is the city to visit to actually enjoy an Icelandic holiday. The city is quite calm and sparsely populated and frankly speaking most of the attractions lie around the city than in it.
The town has plenty of tours and activities chalked out for tourists and visitors which give excellent visits of the places of interest nearby like the Selfoss Geyser, Kerid Crater and other boating and airplane expeditions. Selfoss tourism also has lots of horseback tours, night tours and wildlife tours to let everyone fully explore the area according to their wish.
Though the town doesn’t have a very old history as it was founded in the 19th century but it has improved to be quite a strategic town after a bridge was built over the Olfusa River connecting it to Reykjavik. The city is a centre for all agricultural activities in the area and because of efficient transportation facilities many people like to relocate to Selfoss from the capital city.
Each year the city of Selfoss hosts a festival called ‘Summer in Selfoss’ in early August, which all the locals celebrate by decorating their gardens with ribbons, and there are performances by magicians and musicians, fireworks show and small stalls selling local homemade products everywhere.
Selfoss makes up for a good base if you wish to explore nearby places in Iceland with its close proximity to places like coastal towns of Eyrarbakki, Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park and capital city Reykjavik. Though small and slow paced it is an ideal place to live and travel out of as it provides all basic facilities required by a tourist and one can easily view the scenic wonders of Iceland while enjoying the hospitality and comfort of an urban setting.
Essential travel information and Selfoss tips for your visit
- Time Zone: UTC +0 hours
- Currency: Icelandic Krona (ISK)
- Electricity and Internet: 220-240 Volts of electricity output. 4G and 3G mobile services are commonly in Grindavik. High speed Broadband services are available at most hotels.
- Languages: While the Icelandic language is the official language, English and Danish are widely spoken in Grindavik.
- Police/Ambulance/Fire Dept/Rescue Teams: 112
- Tipping: Tipping is never ever expected, but appreciated generally.
- Iceland has very strict child protection laws. Spanking, verbal and emotional abuse is punishable by imprisonment and/or fine.
- Icelanders have strong faith in their traditional Viking beliefs and believe in existence of elves. Mocking or hurting their beliefs is strictly unadvisable.