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SELFOSS

Selfoss, pop. 8.832 is the largest town in South Iceland and the main center of trade and industry. The distance from the capital is 57 km and various options are available for anyone who wants to stay in this friendly town. A number of restaurants and cafés are situated in the heart of Selfoss, along with various kind of shops. The town also has an outdoor swimming pool with sauna and hot tubs. North of Selfoss you will find the recreation forest of Hellisskógur with interesting footpaths alongside Ölfusá River. On the far side bank of that same river you can also find a 9-hole golf course. In Selfoss you can find all types of accommodation.

Further information is given at The Selfoss Area Information Office, located at Austurvegur 2.

ÁRBORG

The Municipality of Árborg was established in 1998. It consists of the town Selfoss, villages of Eyrarbakki, Stokkseyri and the Sandvík area. This region offers great options for recreation and relaxation including a wide selection of restaurants, cafés, art galleries, museums and swimming pools, as well as a 9-hole golf course in Selfoss. A perfect location for any visitor who wants to stay closer to nature and explore unique landscapes such as large lava fields and black sand beaches.

The Árborg area has a population of 10.346 people (September 2020).

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

800,801

Website www.arborg.is

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

Others

Borg Camping ground
Camping
  • Borg, Grímsnesi
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 767-3411
Alftavik
Cottages
  • Álftavík
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 822-2202
Hraunborgir Camping ground
Camping
  • Grímsnesi
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-4414
Guesthouse Geldingaholt
Guesthouses
  • Vestra Geldingaholt
  • 801 Selfoss
Áslundur
Cottages
  • Miðengi 17
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 822-2202
Nordic Lodges Holt
Guesthouses
  • Torfastaðakot 5, í Landi Torfastaða
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 897-3015
Arabær Holiday Home
Cottages
  • Arabær , Háfur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 487-5818, 868-0304
Camp Boutique
Glamping
  • Loftsstaðir – Vestri
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 848-5805
Minniborgir Cottages
Cottages
  • Grímsnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 3548683, 863-3592
Brekkugerði Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Laugarás, Bláskógabyggð
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 7797762
Hólar
Guesthouses
  • Hólar
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 893-7389
Arctic Nature Hotel
Hotels
  • Eyravegur 26
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 6154699
Vacation house
Bed & Breakfast
  • Höfðatún
  • 801 Selfoss
Þingborg camp site
Camping
  • Þingborg
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 691-7082
Mengi Kjarnholt
Hotels
  • Kjarnholt III
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 896-1988
Eyvík cottage
Cottages
  • Heimaás
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 7707800
Big Cabin Myrkholt
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Skálinn, Myrkholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8757, 895-9500, 867-3571
Geysir Camping Site
Camping
  • Geysir, Haukadalur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-6800
Guesthouse Gaulverjaskóli / The Old School House
Guesthouses
  • Gaulverjaskóli
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 551-0654, +354 767-2654
Birkikinn Holiday Home
Cottages
  • Birkikinn
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 892-0626
Við Faxa
Camping
  • Heiði
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 774-7440
Litli-Háls
Cottages
  • Litli Háls
  • 801 Selfoss
  • ???-????
Fell
Guesthouses
  • Fell
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 821-6120
Steinsholt ferðaþjónusta
Guesthouses
  • Steinsholt 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6069, 863-8270, 847-7627
Norðheimar
Apartments
  • Norðurgata 4
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 553-6079
Torfastaðakot 15/Sigurhæð
Cottages
  • Torfstaðakot
  • 801 Selfoss
Þingborg
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Þingborg
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-4370
Bella Apartments & Rooms
Guesthouses
  • Austurvegur 35
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-7800, 859-6162
BSG Apartments
Bed & Breakfast
  • Engjavegur 75
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 486-8642
Smáratún 10
Apartments
  • Smáratún 10
  • 800 Selfoss
Hotel Selfoss
Hotels
  • Eyravegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4802500
Laugarás
Cottages
  • Austurbyggð 3
  • 801 Selfoss
  • -
Félagslundur félagsheimili
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Félagslundur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-4370
Heiðarbraut 22
Apartments
  • Heiðarbraut 22
  • 801 Selfoss
Hestakráin country hotel / Land og hestar
Guesthouses
  • Húsatóftir 2a
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-5616, 895-0066
Birkihof Lodge
Cottages
  • Eyrarbraut 11
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 778-9052, 692-4094
Þjórsárdalur Camping Ground
Camping
  • Gnúpverjahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 893-8889
Hlíð
Cottages
  • Hlíð
  • 801 Selfoss
Brún
Cottages
  • Austurbyggð 3
  • 801 Selfoss
  • -
Hallkelshoalr
Cottages
  • Hallkelshólar
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 566-7444, 892-7181, 693-4322
Klettar Tower Iceland
Guesthouses
  • Klettar
  • 801 Selfoss
Icelandic Cottages
Guesthouses
  • Hraunmörk Flóahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 898-0728, 567-0728
Poets House Selfoss
Bed & Breakfast
  • Þórsmörk 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 849-0237
South Central HI Hostel
Guesthouses
  • Blesastaðir 3
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 663-4666 , 823-3999
Gislaskali
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Svartárbotnum
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8757, 895-9500, 867-3571
Geysir Cottages
Cottages
  • Geysir, Haukadalur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-6800
Stay for a tree - Studio Lodge
Farm Holidays
  • Ásamýri 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 857-1976
Þjórsárstofa
Camping
  • Árnes, Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6115
Kjóastaðir Farm
Guesthouses
  • Kjóastaðir 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 8471046
Klettholt
Cottages
  • Klettholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 892-1340, 499-2540
Björn Jónsson
Farm Holidays
  • Vorsabær 2, Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppi
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-5522, 866-7420
Private accommodation Fossnes
Farm Holidays
  • Fossnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6079
Arngrímslundur
Cottages
  • Skarð
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 8635518
Bitra Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Bitra
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-0700
Brautarholt Camping Ground
Camping
  • Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 663-4666, 823-3999, 486-5518
Selfoss HI Hostel
Hostels
  • Austurvegur 28
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4821600
Country Dream Guesthouse
Hostels
  • Langholt 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 659-2030
Vesturbrúnir 4
Cottages
  • Vesturbrúnir 4
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 867-3448

Others

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

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
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.

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

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).

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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Map Höfn Kirkjubæjarklaustur Vík Vestmannaeyjar Hvolsvöllur Flúðir Laugarvatn Reykholt Laugarás Borg Brautarholt Hveragerði Árnes Selfoss Hella Stokkseyri Eyrarbakki Þykkvibær Þórlákshöfn