Ölfus experience the energy of the nature

Ölfus municipality is located on the south west coast of Iceland, approx. 50 km from Reykjavík capital. The population is slightly over 2000 inhabitants and is growing. The fishing village Thorlákshöfn is the largest in the municipality with approx. 1600 inhabitants.

Ölfus offers a wide range of beautiful landscapes with black sand beaches, cliffs, lava formations, caves, geothermal areas and vivid hot springs.

From Thorlákshöfn village and all over the municipality you have sensational panoramic views over most of the south coast e.g. over the volcanoes Mt. Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull and to the Westman Islands.

In Thorlákshöfn you can find the best surfing spot in Iceland. For beginners the black sand beach is perfect and for advanced surfers the waves by the lighthouse are superb.

Ölfus municipality is a popular viewing point for the Northern Lights in the south due to little to no light pollution.

The tourist information centre is located in the library in Thorlákshöfn and is open from 12:30 to 17:30 on weekdays. The campsite in Thorlákshöfn is situated next to the church, behind the swimming pool. 

Tourist information centre in Thorlákshöfn
Hafnarberg 1
815 Thorlákshöfn
Tel. +354 480 3830
Opening hours: Weekdays from 12:30 – 17:30

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Ölfus
GPS Points N63° 51' 26.512" W21° 22' 53.184"
Postal codes

815,816

Population

1960

Website www.olfus.is

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Others

Þorlákshöfn Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • 483-3009, 844-5756
Hjá Jonna Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Oddabraut 24
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 483-5292, 868-5292

Others

Oddabraut 17
Bed & Breakfast
  • Oddabraut 17
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
Free Camping, Ölfus
Camping
  • Gata
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 483-1011, 863-9355
Hrafnagil
Cottages
  • Hrafnagil
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 866-9772
Fosssel
Bed & Breakfast
  • Fosssel
  • 816 Ölfus
Hjá Jonna Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Oddabraut 24
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 483-5292, 868-5292
Strýta
Cottages
  • Strýta
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 892-0344, 863-6417
Hotel Hlíð
Hotels
  • Krókur, Ölfus
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 483-5444, 661-5935
Hvoll
Cottages
  • Hvoll
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 845-2980
T-Bær við Selvog Camping Ground
Camping
  • Selvogur
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 483-3150, 662-3723
Thorlakshofn Camping site
Camping
  • Skálholtsbraut
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 480-3890

Others

Meitillinn
Restaurants
  • Selvogsbraut 41
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 483-5950, 892-2207
Svarti Sauðurinn
Restaurants
  • Unubakki 4
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 483-3320
Hotel Hlíð
Hotels
  • Krókur, Ölfus
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 483-5444, 661-5935
Café Sól
Cafés
  • Selvogsbraut 41
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 486-1898
Nature
Ölfus black sand beach

Ölfus has a black sand beach that stretches from Thorlákshöfn to Ölfusa river. A long walk on the beach surrounded by black sand and lyme grass is the perfect way to unwind from the day to day stress.
The beach is also a popular surfing spot and the waves are suitable for those taking their first steps at surfing. For more advanced surfers the waves by the lighthouse in Thorlákshöfn are superb.

Nature
Reykjadalur valley

Reykjadalur valley is the most popular and arguably the most beautiful hiking area in Ölfus. Hot springs and colourful areas full of geothermal activity entertain along a hiking trail which leads to a hot river. For some of the length of the river the temperature in it is perfect for bathing and that's a wonderful natural experience.

Nature
Arnarbæli

Arnarbæli is a district in Ölfus and from the 12th century up until the beginning of the 20th century it was one of the best fields in Iceland to produce hey. Now there are large ruins from the old farm at Arnarbæli that are protected. Due to the wetlands around Arnarbæli you will find many interesting bird species in the area such as a Eurasian Oystercatcher, a Red-necked Phalarope and a Eurasian Wigeon.

Nature
Arnarker

Another interesting cave is Arnarker. Arnarker is a cave in the Leitarhraun lava field, north of the old road leading from Þrengsli towards Selvogur. A marked path leads from the information sign by the road to the cave, and a ladder has been placed at its opening, down some 16 meters. The cave is about 516 meters long. It goes from the opening 100 meters south and 400 meters north.

Nature
Hafnarnes lighthouse and viewpoint

Hafnarnes is an area on the edge of the town Thorlákshöfn where you are surrounded by beautiful cliffs and the majestic ocean. A viewpoint is located in the area and from there you have panoramic views over the mountains surrounding the area such as the volcanoes Mt. Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. This area is also very popular amongst surfers and usually you can spot a few surfing. There is a small lighthouse on the cliffs, it is not open for visitors but is very picturesque with the waves banging against the cliffs.

History and Culture
Strandarkirkja church

Strandarkirkja church is located in Selvogur (Seal Cove) and was originally built in the 12th century. The story relates that during one night when a group of sailors tried to navigate back to Iceland in a storm. The southern coast of Iceland is notorious for its hidden reefs and rough coast. The distressed sailors prayed to God for a safe return and vowed to build a church wherever they landed. When they ended their prayer an angel, seemingly made of light, appeared before their bow. The angel guided them through the rough surfs and led them into a bay for safe landing. The sailors kept their promise and built a wooden church at the site and named it Strandarkirkja. The bay nearby is named Engilsvík (Angel's Bay) to commemorate the incident. Many miracles have been attributed to Strandarkirkja and there was a time when it was one of the richest churches in Iceland from the donations of Icelanders coming from all over the country in hopes of having their prayers and wishes come true. It has more supporters all over the world than any other church in Iceland and is often referred to as the 'miracle church' with the locals' longstanding belief that it has profound, divine powers.

Nature
Hengill area and Geothermal energy exhibition

Mt. Hengill is a dormant volcano which erupted around 2000 years ago. The geothermal area around the dormant volcano Mt. Hengill is perfect for hiking. There are numerous marked hiking trails coloured after difficulty.
The Geothermal Energy Exhibition at Hellisheiði Power Plant is an exploration into the utilization of geothermal energy in Iceland. The Hellisheiði Power Plant is a great example of how geothermal energy can be utilized in a sustainable manner and is a showcase for geothermal' s global role in a renewable and sustainable future. The exhibition is located at Hellisheiði power plant by road no. 1.

Nature
Raufarholshellir

There are many caves in the lava fields in Ölfus and the largest being Raufarhólshellir by road no. 39. A journey into Raufarhólshellir is a unique experience and a great opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as one walks in the path of lava that flowed during the Leitahraun eruption, which occurred east of the Bláfjöll mountains about 5200 years ago. Daily tours are available in Raufarhólshellir.

History and Culture
Herdisarvik

The former estate Herdísarvík, now abandoned, stood on the synonymous cove in Selvogur. The steep cliffs of Mt Herdísarvíkurfjall (329m) protrude behind it to the north and several lava tongues in its slopes bear witness to prehistoric eruptions in the area and some of them reached the sea. Along the coastline are still a few obvious ruins of ancient fishing outfits, which were declared inviolate in 1973.
According to the legend, a woman, Herdís, lived in Herdísarvík in the past and her sister, Krýsa, in Krýsuvík. They did not see eye to eye and were constantly at each other's throat. Both sisters practiced witchcraft and constantly played tricks on each other.
The renowned poet and entrepreneur Einar Benediktsson spent the last years of his life in his house in Herdísarvík. In 1935 he donated it to The University of Iceland and union professors sometimes spend their holidays there.

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