On the banks of Olfusa River, lies a scenic town called Selfoss. One of the major places in Southern Iceland, Selfoss is known for its breathtaking visuals. There is a lot to discover and explore in this town and there are many activities to do and attractions to visit in Selfoss. It is said that size doesn’t matter. Even though the size of Selfoss is small, but still it offers a variety of attractions and things to do. Here’s a list of some of the things to do in Selfoss compiled for your convenience.
Enjoy an eye pleasing sight by visiting Kerid, a volcanic crater lake. The view will make you fall in love with nature, all over again. You can also visit Seljalandsfoss to witness the sheer beauty of waterfall. Bring out the adventure junkie in you by visiting Paradisarhellir Caves. Other major attractions include Geysir, Tre Og List and Olfusa.
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View Point, Hot Spring, Family And Kids
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Iceland is quite famous for its tall sprouting geysers or ‘geysir’ as they are called locally. These wonderful natural wonders are widely found all over the country and are especially present near the Selfoss area. So a geyser is basically a spring, but in this case the water is ejected more turbulently and is accompanied by steam. The two most famous geysers out of them are The Great Geysir and the Strokkur geyser. The Great Geyser was formed in the 13th century and till the 19th century used to regularly spout hot water and steam 60-80 meters in the air up until 1916, when it stopped completely. Since then eruptions have been quite rare and uncommon. The nearby Stokkur geyser though still erupts at every 10 minutes or so and is able to reach 30 meters height. The area has many hot and cold springs, steam vents, sulphurous mud and unique plants in the vicinity which makes the view stunning and surreal. Also people have the choice to take a dip in one of the springs, but should not try to enter the geyser hole or touch the water. The area has good parking, toilets, souvenir store and food shops. It is a major ‘hotspot’ for all tourists. Pun intended.
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Family And Kids, Lake
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Kerid is a volcanic crater lake located in South Iceland and formed thousands of years back due to the eruption of a cone volcano and the emptying of its magma reserve which resulted in its eventual collapse and the formation of a hug crater. A lake was formed due to its eventual filling by underwater sources. Though the lake is shallow and aquamarine, because of its surrounding red walls the colors keep changing and are marvelous to view. People are free to roam around and inside the crater and when the weather is good, they can even climb inside the crater to explore the lake properly though the water is too cold to take a dip inside. Many concerts have taken place with the performers floating on a boat or raft on the lake and the audience seated on the surrounding walls. It makes up for a good round of exploring and trekking.
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View Point, Waterfall, Family And Kids, Nature
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Seljalandsfoss is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland courtesy it being featured on The Amazing Race 6. Iceland has lots of waterfalls, but the thing which sets Seljalandsfoss apart is that it is probably the only known waterfall to have a path behind it, which allows visitors to take a walk behind it! Because of this and its 60 meter height, the waterfall is a beauty to behold and is a favourite amongst photographers and tourists. At particular times like the sunset or sunrise the view becomes extremely beautiful and picturesque.
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River, Family And Kids
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Olfusa river is Iceland’s largest river and flows right through the city of Selfoss. Because of the many tributaries that add large amounts of spring water to it, the Olfusa has an even flow throughout the year. A walk along the banks of the river is a very pleasant experience and can be enjoyed in the sun or when it is dark. Because of the great amount of salmon fish in the river, the river is also a popular spot for enthusiastic anglers.
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Cave, Waterfall, Family And Kids
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Paradisarhellir Cave also popularly known as Paradise Cave is a famous attraction in South Iceland just near the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Reaching the cave requires a small hike and a little climbing. The cave is quite well known in Iceland for a 16th century love story that is associated with it. A young man named Hjalti was in love with a well off lady called Anna. Anna’s brother was against the relationship and tried his best to stop it, so Hjalti had to run off and hide for 4 years in the cave. Inside the cave one can find many inscriptions said to be from the 16th century. The cave is an ideal place for tourists who don’t mind getting their clothes dirty and want some hands on adventure.
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Art Gallery, Family And Kids
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Tre Og List is a gallery unlike any other one might have visited in Iceland or anywhere else. This gallery is run by a third generation woodworker who makes the wooden artworks and mechanical inventions himself. Sometimes he himself guides the visitors around, explaining to them the idea behind an artwork or its significance. All the pieces in the gallery are astounding and a surreal example of the ingenuity of the artisans who worked here over the years. Apart from Iceland’s terrific natural sights this gallery is one attraction that shouldn’t be missed on a trip to the country.
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Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Kirkjuvegur, 800 Selfoss, Iceland
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Selfosskirkja is an almost 60 year old church and the only one in Selfoss city. It is a quaint little building with a charming view and the river Olfusa running just next to it. Just sitting in the premises next to the river gives a sense of calmness and a feeling of serenity that can’t be just expressed in words. The architecture inside is also simple yet beautiful which makes sitting in the church quite a peaceful and spiritual experience.
One of the major things Iceland is known for is its beauty and even its cities do not disappoint! Among its many attractive cities, it is Selfoss that attracts the most crowd. Reasons? Its scenic beauty which can be best witnessed in the neighbourhoods. There are a couple of things that you can do here like watching the Selfoss Waterfall which is definitely a must do here. The waterfall is located in the north of Island and is one of the prime attractions here. You can come here and bask in its natural surrounding. The tranquillity and lush greenery will help you unwind and soothe your soul. After that go for Selfoss geyser and watch as nature plays its wonder on you. Ensure to click a picture or two while you are at it! On a nice sunny day, you can rent a bike and embark on a local tour from Selfoss to Þjórsárdalur which is a scenic valley located near volcano Hekla. The beautiful surrounding of skies and greens will really help you get acquainted with nature and relax. If you don't want to drive this hour long journey, then be happy with a nice stroll through the bridge of Pylsuvagninn near river Olfusa while noshing on a delightful bite of hotdog. Among its many places, the Kaffi Krús- a quaint cafe has got quite a reputation here and deserve a visit at least once!
A night walk through the Selfoss town is anything but tough. The place is just so small that you can easily cover it on foot. If the Selfoss Iceland weather is good, the nights themselves become an attraction with a vast number of stars and a kind of serenity that is pretty much lost in other metropolises. Go have a light supper in the Kaffi Krus, also known as Coffe Mug Cafe among folks. The eateries found here are known to be the best around. Of course, like any other place, there are some nice Selfoss Iceland restaurants around as well, in case you feel to explore more. If you are a book lover or just some who likes to read after a meal, head to the Sunnlenska Bókakaffið for a reading adventure. The variety of books here is huge and they even provide second-hand ones. The Selfoss is also known for its humble crowd with welcoming people. You can easily get a gist of it by visiting places like Kronan and Bonus which lies pretty much in the middle of its main road. The supermarket has everything that you might need (refilling your supplies maybe?) and provides ample opportunities to interact with natives and make some friends!
Things to do in Selfoss for free
Being the little postcard town that it is, Selfoss does not strike like other many cities but rather seduces quietly with its serenity and home-like charm. It literally gives off the feeling 'Home away from Home'. There might not be many Selfoss Iceland hotels, but the accommodations here are still very friendly. Of course, it does not need much to visit this place either. Surrounded by nature and greenery, most of them are totally free, a trip in Selfoss will be the cheapest fulfilling experience for you. You can take a tour to Þjórsárdalur near volcano Hekla and enjoy the vistas around, The Gjáin which lies near this valley is a great hiking spot as well which you can always rely on for a little adventurous exploit. Further a little and you will come across Hjálparfoss, a beautiful waterfall to see and admire. Those are love history or inclined towards it can come in old Þjóðveldisbærinn Stöng and check out the structure which dates back to wild Viking era, apparently reconstructed, though! Not only this, the place also provides an opportunity which you can easily avail in Stokkseyri or Eyrarbakki. Both are unique given the fact that the latter has black sands instead of golden while former is all rugged and hip. Crash in here, lay down and get a nice tan or playing along the waves is a nice option too! End your excursion with a visit to paradisarhellir cave which is quite an interesting sample reflecting city's history and the past.
Things to do around Selfoss
There are various things to do around this little town of delight. You can plan a trip from Selfoss to Reykjavik which is not even an hour away from the place and can easily be mapped by a bike. If you are visiting with friends or even family, treading through this road while singing your favourite songs at the top of your lungs might be one of the best memories to away with you. Give a trip to Tryggvaskáli a chance which is basically the first house ever built here and hence is significantly important. Couples will certainly love it here, with its riverfront scenery, cosy dining niche and thoughtful decor. There is a village called Stokkseyri located nearby which is home to Fjörborðið, a popular restaurant in the region best known for its langoustine and bright ambience. The place also has some nice breweries like Ölvisholt Brugghús and Vínbúðin which is great for a happening wine tasting detour. In the end, go to Selfosskirkja and pray in this old church for some time.
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