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Ölfus municipality covers a large ground and has many interesting places to see and visit. Here below you can find information about a few places.

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.  Hafnarnes lighthouse is part of the beatiful South Coast Lighthouse trail that you can find more information about here 
Ölfus black sand beach
Ölfus has a black sand beach that stretches from Thorlákshöfn to the 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. The waves by the lighthouse in Thorlákshöfn are superb for more advanced surfers. 
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.
Strandarkirkja church
Strandarkirkja church is located in Selvogur (Seal Cove) and was initially built in the 12th century.  The story relates to 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 appeared before their bow, seemingly made of light. The angel guided them through the rough surfs and led them into a bay for a safe landing. The sailors kept their promise, 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 wealthiest 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 worldwide 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.
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 on its slopes bear witness to prehistoric eruptions in the area and some of them reached the sea. Along the coastline are still a few apparent 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 throats. Both sisters practiced witchcraft and continuously played tricks on each other. The renowned poet and entrepreneur Einar Benediktsson spent the last years in his house in Herdísarvík. In 1935 he donated it to The University of Iceland, and union professors sometimes spend their holidays there. Herdísarvík is not far from the South Coast Lighthouse Trail, which connects Þorlákshöfn, Eyrarbakki, and Stokkseyri and, at the same time, tells the history and culture of the places as well as all the possibilities for experience in recreation and nature.  
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 significant ruins from the old farm at Arnarbæli that are protected. Due to the wetlands around Arnarbæli, you will find many exciting bird species, such as a Eurasian Oystercatcher, a Red-necked Phalarope, and a Eurasian Wigeon.
Reykjadalur valley
Reykjadalur valley is the most popular and arguably the most beautiful hiking area in Ölfus. Hot springs and colorful areas full of geothermal activity entertain along a hiking trail that leads to a hot river. For some of the river's length, the temperature is perfect for bathing, and that's a wonderful natural experience. The trail by Reykjadalur can be closed, so it's good to check the conditions before going. To check whether the valley is open or closed to visitors, check out the website of Those who plan on visiting the valley need to respect the rules and stay on the paths. Please help us to protect the fragile vegetation around the area!  
Hengill area and Geothermal energy exhibition
Hengill is about 100 kilometers long and about 15 km wide volcanic system. A large part of lake Þingvellir lies in the fissure swarm of the system, and the geological activity of Hengill shapes the landscape of Þingvellir. Acidic rocks are found to some extent in the volcano. However, basalt is the main form of rock in the volcano. There are a lot of cracks and faults in the system, and by lake Þingvellir the land has sunk by up to 40 meters in the last 10,000 years.Mt. Hengill has not been very active for the last 10,000 years. Volcanic eruptions appear to be occurring at approx—every 2000 years. Geothermal energy is in Hengill and natural springs. To the south of Hengil are three valleys, and the innermost valley between Hengil and Skarðsmýrarfjall is one of the largest fumaroles in the country.Two power plants at Hengil, Hellisheiðarvirkjun, and Nesjavallavirkjun use geothermal energy from the volcano. The Hengill area is ideal for outdoor activities all year round. The geothermal area around the dormant volcano Mt. Hengill is perfect for hiking. There are numerous marked hiking trails colored after difficulty. Diverse landscapesand colorful colors characterize the hiking trails.The Geothermal Energy Exhibition at Hellisheiði Power Plant is an exploration of the utilization of geothermal energy in Iceland. The Hellisheiði Power Plant is an excellent example of how geothermal energy can be utilized sustainably and showcases geothermal' s global role in a renewable and sustainable future. The exhibition is located at Hellisheiði power plant by road no. 1.