Family activities Stay Closer To Nature

Family activities

In the area we have various options of activities for every age group. For example the family could enjoy the magnificent nature while kayaking or go horseback riding. If the weather is not great you could visit the many different museums in the area. The swimming pool in Selfoss is also very family friendly with 3 slides for the children and 2 hot tubes for the adults to relax while the children play. There is also a nice, charming swimming pool in Stokkseyri. Take your family hiking to the top of the Ingólfsfjall mountain or a take a leisurely walk to Stóri-Hellir in Helliskógur. You could also walk along the riverbank and explore the rich birdlife in that area.

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

The coastline between Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki

The coastline between the rivers Þjórsá and Ölfusá (25 km/15 mi) forms the outskirt of the great Þjórsárhraun lava field. Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri provide easy access to the coastline as well as a path between the two villages where you can see the Atlantic Ocean and marvel at the fact the South Pole is directly to the south. This spot has a great view of both the ocean and mountains. Information signs can be found in both villages as well as an observation platform in Stokkseyri.


Iceland South Coast Travel
  • Lambastaðir
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 777-0705
  • Traustholtshólmi
  • 803 Selfoss
  • 699-4256
Dogsledding Iceland
  • Þingvallasvæðið / Þingvellir area
  • 271 Mosfellsbær
  • 8636733
  • Egilsstaðir 1
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 567-6268
Selfoss Golf Club
  • Selfossi
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-3335
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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