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SELFOSS

Selfoss, pop 7.616 is the largest town in South Iceland, and the main service centre of trade and industry. The distance from the capital is 57 km. Varied options are offered, for anyone who wants to stay in this friendly town. Diverse restaurants and cafés are situated in the heart of town, along with various kind of shops. Furthermore, the town has an outdoor swimming pool with sauna and hot tubs. North of Selfoss, the woodland of Hellisskógur can be found with interesting footpaths alongside Ölfusá river. On the far side bank of that same river you can also find a nine-hole golf course. All types of accommodation is available. Further information is given at The Tourist Information Centre, located in the library at Austurvegur 2.

SELFOSS
GPS Points N63° 56' 12.513" W21° 0' 12.715"
Postal codes

800,801

Website www.arborg.is

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SPS-ferðir
Day Tour Provider
  • Stekkholt 1
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 856-5255
GT Travel
Travel Agency
  • Fossnes C
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4801200, 568-1410
Vala Shop and Art Gallery
Crafts & Design
  • Sólheimar
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-4450
Við Faxa
Camping
  • Heiði
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 774-7440
Paintball
Paintball & Lasertag
  • Kálfhólar 21
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 857-2000
Þjórsárstofa
Camping
  • Árnes, Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6115
Katla Adventure
Day Tours
  • Knarrarholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 823-6119
Ride With Locals
Travel Agency
  • Strokkhólsvegur 7
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 699-5777
Núpshestar
Horse Activities
  • Breiðanes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 8525930
Nskt destination
Day Tour Provider
  • Tryggvagata 13
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 898-6463
Iceland South Coast Travel
Winter adventure
  • Lambastaðir
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 777-0705
Kristján Einir Traustason
Day Tours
  • Einiholt 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 898-7972
Kiðjaberg Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Grímsnes, Árnessýsla
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-4495
Private accommodation Fossnes
Farm Holidays
  • Fossnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6079
Núpsverk
Day Tours
  • Stóri-Núpur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 848-1618, 848-1620
Minniborgir Cottages
Cottages
  • Grímsnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 3548683, 863-3592
Travel North
Jeep- & Glacier Tours
  • Sunnuvegur 5
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 7768707, 7700034
Iguide
Travel Agency
  • Móland 3
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 699 5777
Geysir Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Haukadalur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8733
Selfoss Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Selfossi
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-3335
Between the Rivers
Day Tour Provider
  • Norðurbraut 33
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 822-3345
Turf house
Museums
  • Asutur-Meðalholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 694-8108, 864-4484, 892-2702
Hestakráin country hotel / Land og hestar
Guesthouses
  • Húsatóftir 2a
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-5616, 895-0066
Steinsholt ferðaþjónusta
Guesthouses
  • Steinsholt 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6069, 863-8270, 847-7627
Siggaferðir
Day Tour Provider
  • Hamarskot
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 772-6010
Eat in Iceland Scenic Food Tours
Day Tours
  • Ástjörn 7
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 697-9280
Stöng, Viking-era Long house
Museums
  • Þjórsárdalur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 488-7713, 488-7700
Björn Jónsson
Farm Holidays
  • Vorsabær 2, Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppi
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-5522, 866-7420
Slakki Mini Zoo
Mini-Zoo & Open farm
  • Laugarás
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8783, 693-0132, 868-7626
Sveitagarðurinn - petting zoo and activity park
Mini-Zoo & Open farm
  • Stóri-Háls
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 898-1599, 697-9461

Others

Torfastaðakot 15/Sigurhæð
Cottages
  • Torfstaðakot
  • 801 Selfoss
South Central HI Hostel
Guesthouses
  • Blesastaðir 3
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 663-4666 , 823-3999
Hlíð
Cottages
  • Hlíð
  • 801 Selfoss
Gislaskali
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Svartárbotnum
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8757, 895-9500, 867-3571
BSG Apartments
Bed & Breakfast
  • Engjavegur 75
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 486-8642
Brún
Cottages
  • Austurbyggð 3
  • 801 Selfoss
  • -
Alftavik
Cottages
  • Álftavík
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 822-2202
Þjórsárdalur Camping Ground
Camping
  • Gnúpverjahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 893-8889
Hallkelshoalr
Cottages
  • Hallkelshólar
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 566-7444, 892-7181, 693-4322
Arngrímslundur
Cottages
  • Skarð
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 8635518
Birkihof Lodge
Cottages
  • Eyrarbraut 11
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 778-9052, 692-4094
Merkurhraun 11
Apartments
  • Merkurhraun 11
  • 801 Selfoss
Norðheimar
Apartments
  • Norðurgata 4
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 553-6079
Private accommodation Fossnes
Farm Holidays
  • Fossnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6079
Camp Boutique
Glamping
  • Loftsstaðir – Vestri
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 848-5805
Við Faxa
Camping
  • Heiði
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 774-7440
Eyvík cottage
Cottages
  • Heimaás
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 7707800
Klettholt
Cottages
  • Klettholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 892-1340, 499-2540
Guesthouse Geldingaholt
Guesthouses
  • Vestra Geldingaholt
  • 801 Selfoss
Nordic Lodges Holt
Guesthouses
  • Torfastaðakot 5, í Landi Torfastaða
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 897-3015
Nónsteinn guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Skólabraut
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 6984342
Laugarás
Cottages
  • Austurbyggð 3
  • 801 Selfoss
  • -
Arctic Nature Hotel
Hotels
  • Eyravegur 26
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 6154699
Álftröð Gistiheimili
Guesthouses
  • Álftröð
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 5666246
Fell
Guesthouses
  • Fell
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 821-6120
Kjóastaðir Farm
Guesthouses
  • Kjóastaðir 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 8471046
Poets House Selfoss
Bed & Breakfast
  • Þórsmörk 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 849-0237
Félagslundur félagsheimili
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Félagslundur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-4370
Icelandic Cottages
Guesthouses
  • Hraunmörk Flóahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 898-0728, 567-0728
Brekkugerði Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Laugarás, Bláskógabyggð
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 7797762
Vacation house
Bed & Breakfast
  • Höfðatún
  • 801 Selfoss
Áslundur
Cottages
  • Miðengi 17
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 822-2202
Brautarholt Camping Ground
Camping
  • Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 663-4666, 823-3999, 486-5518
Vesturbrúnir 4
Cottages
  • Vesturbrúnir 4
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 867-3448
Minniborgir Cottages
Cottages
  • Grímsnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 3548683, 863-3592
Klettar Tower Iceland
Guesthouses
  • Klettar
  • 801 Selfoss
Borg Camping ground
Camping
  • Borg, Grímsnesi
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 767-3411
Birkikinn Holiday Home
Cottages
  • Birkikinn
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 892-0626
Guesthouse Gaulverjaskóli / The Old School House
Guesthouses
  • Gaulverjaskóli
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 551-0654, +354 767-2654
Geysir Cottages
Cottages
  • Geysir, Haukadalur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-6800
Country Dream Guesthouse
Hostels
  • Langholt 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 659-2030
Litli-Háls
Cottages
  • Litli Háls
  • 801 Selfoss
  • ???-????
Þingborg camp site
Camping
  • Þingborg
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 691-7082
Hestakráin country hotel / Land og hestar
Guesthouses
  • Húsatóftir 2a
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-5616, 895-0066
Hotel Selfoss
Hotels
  • Eyravegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4802500
Hraunborgir Camping ground
Camping
  • Grímsnesi
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-4414
Heiðarbraut 22
Apartments
  • Heiðarbraut 22
  • 801 Selfoss
Smáratún 10
Apartments
  • Smáratún 10
  • 800 Selfoss
Big Cabin Myrkholt
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Skálinn, Myrkholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8757, 895-9500, 867-3571
Steinsholt ferðaþjónusta
Guesthouses
  • Steinsholt 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6069, 863-8270, 847-7627
Arabær Holiday Home
Cottages
  • Arabær , Háfur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 487-5818, 868-0304
Geysir Camping Site
Camping
  • Geysir, Haukadalur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-6800
Bitra Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Bitra
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-0700
Mengi Kjarnholt
Hotels
  • Kjarnholt III
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 896-1988
Hólar
Guesthouses
  • Hólar
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 893-7389
Þingborg
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Þingborg
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-4370
Bella Apartments & Rooms
Guesthouses
  • Austurvegur 35
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-7800, 859-6162
Selfoss HI Hostel
Hostels
  • Austurvegur 28
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-1600
Þjórsárstofa
Camping
  • Árnes, Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6115
Björn Jónsson
Farm Holidays
  • Vorsabær 2, Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppi
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-5522, 866-7420
Stay for a tree - Studio Lodge
Farm Holidays
  • Ásamýri 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 857-1976

Others

Hestakráin country hotel / Land og hestar
Guesthouses
  • Húsatóftir 2a
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-5616, 895-0066
Árborg - Grill and store
Diners
  • Árbær
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 864-3890
Surf & turf
Restaurants
  • Austurvegur 22
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-2899, 896-1250
Félagsheimilið Borg / Borg Community Hall
Restaurants
  • Grímsnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-5500
Þrastalundur
Restaurants
  • Þrastalundur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 661-7000
KFC - Kentucky Fried Chicken
Restaurants
  • Austurvegur 46
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 570-6763, 570-6763
Tommi's burger joint
Restaurants
  • Eyravegur 32
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 8955010
N1 - Service station Selfoss
Gas station
  • Austurvegur 48
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-1005
Kebab
Restaurants
  • Eyravegur 3 neðri hæð
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 7744434
Heidmork
Farm food direct
  • Heiðmörk, Biskupsstungum
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8875, 892-2965
Domino’s Pizza
Diners
  • Eyravegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 581-2345
Krían - Bar & Pub
Restaurants
  • Kríumýri
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 897-7643 , 899-7643
Subway
Diners
  • Eyrarvegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 530-7071
Hotel Selfoss
Hotels
  • Eyravegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4802500
Tryggvaskáli Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Tryggvatorg
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4821390
Vor restaurant
Restaurants
  • Austurvegur 3
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-3330
Hot Dog Stand
Diners
  • Tryggvagötu
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-1782
Slakki Mini Zoo
Mini-Zoo & Open farm
  • Laugarás
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8783, 693-0132, 868-7626
Skalmholt
Farm food direct
  • Skálmholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 482-2529
Þjórsárstofa
Camping
  • Árnes, Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6115
Bókakaffið / Book-coffee
Cafés
  • Austurvegur 22
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-3079
Engi
Farm food direct
  • Engi, Laugarási
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8913
GK Bakarí
Cafés
  • Austurvegur 31b
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4821007
Olis - Service Station - Quiznos
Diners
  • Arnberg
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 480-1300, 840-1749
Gullfosskaffi
Cafés
  • Gullfoss
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 4866500
Almar Bakery
Cafés
  • Larsenstræti
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 483-1919
Minniborgir Cottages
Cottages
  • Grímsnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 3548683, 863-3592
Kaffi Krús
Cafés
  • Austurvegur 7
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4821266
Við Faxa
Camping
  • Heiði
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 774-7440
Private accommodation Fossnes
Farm Holidays
  • Fossnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6079
Þingborg camp site
Camping
  • Þingborg
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 691-7082
Krisp restaurant
Restaurants
  • Eyrarvegur 8
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 845-4252, 482-4099
Þrastarlundur
Restaurants
  • Þrastarlundur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 8667781
History and Culture
Ölfusárbrú - suspension bridge

A suspension bridge over Ölfusá River was first built in 1891 and became the largest bridge in Iceland at the time. In September 1944, when the bridge had been in use for 53 years, the eastern bearing cables broke due to the weight of two trucks. A new suspension bridge was built in 1945 which only took five and a half months but while it was being constructed the old bridge had been fixed for temporary use. The bridge is 84 meters long and is in the town Selfoss.

Nature
Olfusa river

The river is the most voluminous river in Iceland with the average flow of 423 m³/sec. Three large floods occurred in the 20th century and beside the restaurant Tryggvaskáli are lines that show the height of each flood. All the floods occurred during wintertime due to heavy rains and high temperatures which caused the snow to melt unusually fast. Ölfusá River is rather short, about 25 km (14 miles) long. About 6 km (4 mi) north of Selfoss are two rivers, Sogið and Hvítá, and combined they form Ölfusá.

History and Culture
Knarrarósviti Lighthouse

Built in 1938-1939, the lighthouse was the first one in Iceland to be built out of reinforced concrete. The lighthouse is the tallest building in South Iceland, 26,2 metres (86 feet) high. It was designed by the engineer Axel Sveinsson as a blend of functionalism and art nouveau (jugendstil).

Nature
The Flói Bird Reserve

Northwest to the town of Eyrarbakki, is a wetland area rich in birdlife. The reserve has walking paths and a bird hide, and idel spot for bird watching. The Flói Bird Reserve is listed in the Bird Life international Association.

History and Culture
Selfosskirkja - church

Selfoss Church was built from 1952 to 1956 and consecrated on Palm Sunday, 25 March 1956. It was designed by the headmaster of the Technical College in Selfoss, Bjarni Pálsson (1912-1987). The building was expanded between 1978 and 1984; a tower, porch and congregation hall with a kitchen and facilities, which now serve the purpose of a convention center, was added to the structure.

Nature
Thjorsarhraun

Þjórsárhraun is the result from the greatest lava flow on earth since the end of the last Ice Age. The lava came from an enormous eruption around 6700 B.C. possibly in Heljargjá canyon in the Veiðivötn region, in Iceland´s highlands. The lava's extreme temperature and fluidity contributed to its flow being at least 140 kilometres (87 mi) until it was stopped by the waves of the North Atlantic Ocean. The lava is well visible by Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki's coastline. The great Þjórsárhraun lava is approx. 975 square km (376 sq. miles) and its volume is 25 cubic km (6 cubic miles).

Nature
Hellisskógur forest

Hellisskógur is a small forest just outside of the town Selfoss. In Hellisskógur are roads and walking paths around the area and benches so visitors can relax and enjoy the area.

The cave in Hellisskógur forest was formed at a latter glacial period by sea erosion. Sea levels have been higher than now several times and signs of sea erosion can be seen on more cliffs in the area which are made of around 0, 7 - 3, 1 million year old basalt. The cave was previously used to store hay in the back and as a sheepcote in the front. It was once believed that the cave was haunted by a ghost wearing a blue scarf. The story tells of a young man who was broken hearted and hung himself in the cave using a long blue scarf.

Here is a map of Hellisskógur

South Iceland

Towns & Villages

The south of Iceland has several towns and villages, each with its own style, charm and points of interest. Selfoss is the largest town and has a variety of shops, services, many restaurants and fast food places. Most towns are close to the main route, making them accessible and enjoyable.

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