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Guidebook for Selfoss

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Guidebook for Selfoss

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In STOKKSEYRI: At the seashore the giant langoustine makes appointments with mermaids and landlubbers. He waves his large claws, attracting the desire to be in the company of starfish and lumpfish. The village's corrugated iron houses, located just above its harbour, smack of ocean fragrance and seahorses. The village is named Stokkseyri and it sits just sixty thousand meters from Iceland's capital, with a view of volcanoes, the ocean and endless hayfields. Under the stars, an even more important journey takes place – across salivating tongues, beautiful stomachs and joyful minds. Please note that reservations are highly recommended all year round
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Fjöruborðið
3a Eyrarbraut
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In STOKKSEYRI: At the seashore the giant langoustine makes appointments with mermaids and landlubbers. He waves his large claws, attracting the desire to be in the company of starfish and lumpfish. The village's corrugated iron houses, located just above its harbour, smack of ocean fragrance and seahorses. The village is named Stokkseyri and it sits just sixty thousand meters from Iceland's capital, with a view of volcanoes, the ocean and endless hayfields. Under the stars, an even more important journey takes place – across salivating tongues, beautiful stomachs and joyful minds. Please note that reservations are highly recommended all year round
In EYRARBAKKI: Step off the beaten path and step back in time. The restaurant is in a charming 100-year-old house in a historic village on the seaside, just 10 minutes from Selfoss and Highway 1 or 45 minutes from downtown Reykjavík or the Blue Lagoon. This is a lovely restaurant for when you want to go out for that special meal.
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Rauða Húsið
4 Búðarstígur
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In EYRARBAKKI: Step off the beaten path and step back in time. The restaurant is in a charming 100-year-old house in a historic village on the seaside, just 10 minutes from Selfoss and Highway 1 or 45 minutes from downtown Reykjavík or the Blue Lagoon. This is a lovely restaurant for when you want to go out for that special meal.
In SELFOSS: The food is great and the vibe is cozy: https://kaffikrus.is/
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Kaffi Krús
7 Austurvegur
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In SELFOSS: The food is great and the vibe is cozy: https://kaffikrus.is/
In SELFOSS: They make the best pizza in town and the cheapest. Staff are friendly and helpful. Popular with locals: http://skalli.is
Skalli
46 Austurvegur
In SELFOSS: They make the best pizza in town and the cheapest. Staff are friendly and helpful. Popular with locals: http://skalli.is
In SELFOSS: Decent sandwiches: https://subway.is
Subway
In SELFOSS: Decent sandwiches: https://subway.is
In SELFOSS: If you want something with a bit more style. Food is good but not cheap: http://www.tryggvaskali.is
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Tryggvaskáli
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In SELFOSS: If you want something with a bit more style. Food is good but not cheap: http://www.tryggvaskali.is
Near ÞÓRLAKSHÖFN: Seafood Restaurant. Amazing views overlooking the sea: http://hafidblaa.is Óseyrartanga við ósa Ölfusár, 816 Thorlakshofn.
Hafið Bláa Restaurant With A View
Near ÞÓRLAKSHÖFN: Seafood Restaurant. Amazing views overlooking the sea: http://hafidblaa.is Óseyrartanga við ósa Ölfusár, 816 Thorlakshofn.
In SELFOSS: Freshly baked bread and pastries.
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Guðnabakarí
21b Austurvegur
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In SELFOSS: Freshly baked bread and pastries.
In SELFOSS: https://kfc.is
KFC
In SELFOSS: https://kfc.is
In SELFOSS: Visit website for menu: http://krisp.is/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/KRISP_MENU_NOV_2018.pdf
Krisp Restaurant
8 Eyravegur
In SELFOSS: Visit website for menu: http://krisp.is/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/KRISP_MENU_NOV_2018.pdf
Þrastalundur is a modern restaurant with a well-thought-out concept. It’s located a short drive north of the town Selfoss and a 40-minute drive from Reykjavík. It’s a perfect place to stop if you are travelling the Golden Circle. Þrastalundur restaurant has stunning views over the river Sogið and a very romantic and peaceful ambience to it. The menu consist of some traditional Icelandic dishes, such as the creamy asparagus soup and the Icelandic lamb, horse, beef, BBQ ribs , chicken breast and fresh seafood, however, Þrastalundur’s specialities are their Hamburgers. For an extra special treat, we recommend trying the deluxe steaks and fish. There is a small mini market where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables, freshly-baked bread and other groceries. The store sells gas, tobacco, wool products and many things needed on a little trip.
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Þrastalundur
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Þrastalundur is a modern restaurant with a well-thought-out concept. It’s located a short drive north of the town Selfoss and a 40-minute drive from Reykjavík. It’s a perfect place to stop if you are travelling the Golden Circle. Þrastalundur restaurant has stunning views over the river Sogið and a very romantic and peaceful ambience to it. The menu consist of some traditional Icelandic dishes, such as the creamy asparagus soup and the Icelandic lamb, horse, beef, BBQ ribs , chicken breast and fresh seafood, however, Þrastalundur’s specialities are their Hamburgers. For an extra special treat, we recommend trying the deluxe steaks and fish. There is a small mini market where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables, freshly-baked bread and other groceries. The store sells gas, tobacco, wool products and many things needed on a little trip.
In SELFOSS: The menu consists of a variety of dishes such as appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, children’s menu, fresh seafood, confit, chicken and BBQ ribs. Our specialty is horse steak and in which we use specially selected fillets. We also offer desserts and coffee drinks. We have a small ice cream bar serving Italian gelato and in the summer, we open a terrace overlooking the garden in a warm and beautiful environment.
Surf & Turf Steakhouse
22 Austurvegur
In SELFOSS: The menu consists of a variety of dishes such as appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, children’s menu, fresh seafood, confit, chicken and BBQ ribs. Our specialty is horse steak and in which we use specially selected fillets. We also offer desserts and coffee drinks. We have a small ice cream bar serving Italian gelato and in the summer, we open a terrace overlooking the garden in a warm and beautiful environment.
In SELFOSS under the bridge. Popular drive-thru selling burghers, hotdogs and fries, etc, much loved by the locals. https://www.facebook.com/pylsuvagninn.selfossi
Pylsuvagninn
In SELFOSS under the bridge. Popular drive-thru selling burghers, hotdogs and fries, etc, much loved by the locals. https://www.facebook.com/pylsuvagninn.selfossi
In SELFOSS, next door to Dominos Pizza.Best icecream parlour in Iceland!
Huppu Ísbúð
In SELFOSS, next door to Dominos Pizza.Best icecream parlour in Iceland!
https://www.grimsborgir.com/restaurant-and-bar Hótel Grímsborgir has a very nice restaurant with a broad a la carte menu with both Icelandic and international dishes. The restaurant seats 200 guests and in the summer it is possible to sit on the beautiful terrace.
Hotel Grimsborgir
30 Ásborgir
https://www.grimsborgir.com/restaurant-and-bar Hótel Grímsborgir has a very nice restaurant with a broad a la carte menu with both Icelandic and international dishes. The restaurant seats 200 guests and in the summer it is possible to sit on the beautiful terrace.
In SELFOSS, on the same side of the road as N1. Much loved local takeaway!
Hlölla Bátar
9 Austurvegur
In SELFOSS, on the same side of the road as N1. Much loved local takeaway!
In SELFOSS: At Tommi's there’s no need to dress up, but it’s totally fine if you do, we welcome everyone. We strongly believe that good music and our friendly relaxed atmosphere makes a great burger taste even better: https://tommis.is
Tommi's Burger Joint
In SELFOSS: At Tommi's there’s no need to dress up, but it’s totally fine if you do, we welcome everyone. We strongly believe that good music and our friendly relaxed atmosphere makes a great burger taste even better: https://tommis.is
In HVERAGERÐI: highly recommended on Trip Advisor.
Restaurant Varma
In HVERAGERÐI: highly recommended on Trip Advisor.
In HVERAGERÐI: https://hverrestaurant.is/en/
HVER Restaurant
In HVERAGERÐI: https://hverrestaurant.is/en/
http://www.skyrgerdin.is
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Skyrgerðin Café & Bistro
25 - 810 Breiðamörk
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http://www.skyrgerdin.is
https://www.olverk.is
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Ölverk Pizza & Brewery
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https://www.olverk.is
Sunnumörk 2, 810, Hveragerði
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Almar Bakari
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Sunnumörk 2, 810, Hveragerði
Watch your food being cooked using geothermal energy: http://www.kjotogkunst.is/about-eng
Kjöt og Kúnst
Watch your food being cooked using geothermal energy: http://www.kjotogkunst.is/about-eng
Viking Restaurant: https://www.ingolfsskali.is In South Iceland, in the small municipality of Ölfus, tucked under the towering Ingólfsfjall mountain, lies Ingólfsskáli Restaurant. It’s a place where heritage and tradition come together to take you to a simpler time where nature was the only ingredient. Nature is our ingredient Ingólfsskáli family hunts and gathers what they can from the Icelandic nature to ensure the most authentic experience with the freshest taste. Heritage is our pride Named after Ingólfur Arnarson, Iceland’s first settler, Ingólfsskáli seeks to transcend you to the golden age of the Vikings through a cultivated yet indulgent dining experience. Family is our backbone For generations, the Ingólfsskáli family have been known for their hospitality. They share their ancestry with an all-encompassing experience that is sure to leave you with a taste of tradition. Heritage is our pride Named after Ingólfur Arnarson, Iceland’s first settler, Ingólfsskáli seeks to transcend you to the golden age of the Vikings through a cultivated yet indulgent dining experience. Family is our backbone For generations, the Ingólfsskáli family have been known for their hospitality. They share their ancestry with an all-encompassing experience that is sure to leave you with a taste of tradition.
Ingolfsskali Restaurant
Viking Restaurant: https://www.ingolfsskali.is In South Iceland, in the small municipality of Ölfus, tucked under the towering Ingólfsfjall mountain, lies Ingólfsskáli Restaurant. It’s a place where heritage and tradition come together to take you to a simpler time where nature was the only ingredient. Nature is our ingredient Ingólfsskáli family hunts and gathers what they can from the Icelandic nature to ensure the most authentic experience with the freshest taste. Heritage is our pride Named after Ingólfur Arnarson, Iceland’s first settler, Ingólfsskáli seeks to transcend you to the golden age of the Vikings through a cultivated yet indulgent dining experience. Family is our backbone For generations, the Ingólfsskáli family have been known for their hospitality. They share their ancestry with an all-encompassing experience that is sure to leave you with a taste of tradition. Heritage is our pride Named after Ingólfur Arnarson, Iceland’s first settler, Ingólfsskáli seeks to transcend you to the golden age of the Vikings through a cultivated yet indulgent dining experience. Family is our backbone For generations, the Ingólfsskáli family have been known for their hospitality. They share their ancestry with an all-encompassing experience that is sure to leave you with a taste of tradition.
Buy fresh fish daily OR buy freshly cooked fish & chips!
Fiskverslun Hveragerðis
Buy fresh fish daily OR buy freshly cooked fish & chips!
In HVERAGERÐI: Hidden away in the Ölfusdalur valley is an absolute gem of a coffee house. With freshly made cakes, deliciously brewed coffee, hot chocolate topped off with whipped cream, this is a haven for all visitors to the area. Whether you are hiking along the valley and bathing in the natural streams in Reykjadalur, or visiting the geothermal park, or just exploring the region and want a great place to stop. The views are lovely and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. Dalakaffi is in Ölfusdalur valley, where plumes of steam can be seen for miles. Ölfusdalur valley is to the north of Hveragerði , a town which has long been one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations. Hiking and riding trails stretch from the town throughout the valley, into the Hengill volcanic area and all the way to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and Þingvellir National Park. Along the way is the famous “hot river” where bathing is possible in warm water. Salmon and trout swim in the Varmá River, berries grow wild in fields to the west of town, and innumerable walking trails wind through the beautiful countryside: http://dalakaffi.is/english
Dalakaffi
In HVERAGERÐI: Hidden away in the Ölfusdalur valley is an absolute gem of a coffee house. With freshly made cakes, deliciously brewed coffee, hot chocolate topped off with whipped cream, this is a haven for all visitors to the area. Whether you are hiking along the valley and bathing in the natural streams in Reykjadalur, or visiting the geothermal park, or just exploring the region and want a great place to stop. The views are lovely and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. Dalakaffi is in Ölfusdalur valley, where plumes of steam can be seen for miles. Ölfusdalur valley is to the north of Hveragerði , a town which has long been one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations. Hiking and riding trails stretch from the town throughout the valley, into the Hengill volcanic area and all the way to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and Þingvellir National Park. Along the way is the famous “hot river” where bathing is possible in warm water. Salmon and trout swim in the Varmá River, berries grow wild in fields to the west of town, and innumerable walking trails wind through the beautiful countryside: http://dalakaffi.is/english
In SELFOSS: good, tasty pizzas.
Domino's Pizza
In SELFOSS: good, tasty pizzas.
In REYKHOLT: At Friðheimar, we grow tomatoes all year round, despite Iceland’s long, dark winters, under artificial lighting in greenhouses. We welcome visitors to see our greenhouses, and then enjoy a taste of the crop. And now they can take delicious food souvenirs away with them, made of our tomatoes and cucumbers. We also breed horses, and put on a horse show – in fourteen different languages: https://fridheimar.is/en
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Friðheimar
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In REYKHOLT: At Friðheimar, we grow tomatoes all year round, despite Iceland’s long, dark winters, under artificial lighting in greenhouses. We welcome visitors to see our greenhouses, and then enjoy a taste of the crop. And now they can take delicious food souvenirs away with them, made of our tomatoes and cucumbers. We also breed horses, and put on a horse show – in fourteen different languages: https://fridheimar.is/en
In HVERAGERÐI: Don't miss an opportunity to buy some FANTASTIC sourdough bread from the Little Bread Shop (LitlaBraudstofan): http://litlabraudstofan.is
Litla Braudstofan
3 Kambahraun
In HVERAGERÐI: Don't miss an opportunity to buy some FANTASTIC sourdough bread from the Little Bread Shop (LitlaBraudstofan): http://litlabraudstofan.is
Parks & Nature
Hveragerði is a beautiful village a ten-minute drive from Selfoss. There is so much to see and explore, so allow yourself at least a couple of hours to watch the salmon jumping upstream, the geothermal park and so much more.
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Hveragerði
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Hveragerði is a beautiful village a ten-minute drive from Selfoss. There is so much to see and explore, so allow yourself at least a couple of hours to watch the salmon jumping upstream, the geothermal park and so much more.
Lovely 40 minute hike in Hveragerði just a couple of kilometres from Selfoss. When you get to the top of the mountain, you are rewarded with a lovely warm spring to bath in. Don´t forget your towels!
Valley of Reykjadalur
Lovely 40 minute hike in Hveragerði just a couple of kilometres from Selfoss. When you get to the top of the mountain, you are rewarded with a lovely warm spring to bath in. Don´t forget your towels!
One of the most amazing places to visit in Iceland. Definately not to be missed. Home to the original Geysir.
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Geysir
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One of the most amazing places to visit in Iceland. Definately not to be missed. Home to the original Geysir.
A well-maintained boardwalk winds through the bubbling and hissing geothermal area, with informative signage explaining all the important geological facts. The massive solfatara steaming away on the hilltop is a tempting attraction, even for those with tired legs, and the spectacular view of the surrounding area is well worth the extra legwork. As a short side-trip, you can also explore the coastline, where you’ll discover the stunning cliffs of Krýsuvíkurbjarg—an area renowned for its rich birdlife.
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Krýsuvík
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A well-maintained boardwalk winds through the bubbling and hissing geothermal area, with informative signage explaining all the important geological facts. The massive solfatara steaming away on the hilltop is a tempting attraction, even for those with tired legs, and the spectacular view of the surrounding area is well worth the extra legwork. As a short side-trip, you can also explore the coastline, where you’ll discover the stunning cliffs of Krýsuvíkurbjarg—an area renowned for its rich birdlife.
Home to the Secret Lagoon! This is a must-see for every visitor :)
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Flúðir
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Home to the Secret Lagoon! This is a must-see for every visitor :)
Gullfoss hardly needs an introduction...a not to be missed giant waterfall to rival Niagara Falls just a short drive from Selfoss. Well sign-posted and easy to reach. The journey is well worth it.
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Gullfoss
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Gullfoss hardly needs an introduction...a not to be missed giant waterfall to rival Niagara Falls just a short drive from Selfoss. Well sign-posted and easy to reach. The journey is well worth it.
Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall that can be fully encircled on foot, situated on the South Coast of Iceland with a drop of 60 metres (200 feet).
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Seljalandsfoss
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Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall that can be fully encircled on foot, situated on the South Coast of Iceland with a drop of 60 metres (200 feet).
Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls with an astounding width of 25 meters (82 feet) and a drop of 60 meters (197 feet).
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Skógafoss
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Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls with an astounding width of 25 meters (82 feet) and a drop of 60 meters (197 feet).
Urridafoss is one of the lesser known sights in Iceland as the tour buses are unable to reach it (yet). This waterfall has the greatest water volume of all waterfalls in Iceland.
Urridafoss
Urridafoss is one of the lesser known sights in Iceland as the tour buses are unable to reach it (yet). This waterfall has the greatest water volume of all waterfalls in Iceland.
No single place epitomizes the history of Iceland and the Icelandic nation better than Þingvellir by the river Öxará. At Þingvellir - literally "Assembly Plains" - the Alþing general assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. Major events in the history of Iceland have taken place at Þingvellir and therefore the place is held in high esteem by all Icelanders.Today Þingvellir is a protected national shrine. According to the law, passed in 1928, the protected area shall always be the property of the Icelandic nation, under the preservation of the Alþing.
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Þingvellir
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No single place epitomizes the history of Iceland and the Icelandic nation better than Þingvellir by the river Öxará. At Þingvellir - literally "Assembly Plains" - the Alþing general assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. Major events in the history of Iceland have taken place at Þingvellir and therefore the place is held in high esteem by all Icelanders.Today Þingvellir is a protected national shrine. According to the law, passed in 1928, the protected area shall always be the property of the Icelandic nation, under the preservation of the Alþing.
The crater Kerið was formed about 6,500 years ago and lies at the northern end of a row of craters known as Tjarnarhólar. It is oval, about 270 m long, 170 m wide and 55 m deep: the depth of the water at the bottom varies between 7 and 14 m. According to an old tradition, a rise in the water level here is accompanied by a corresponding fall in the pond on Búrfell in Grímsnes and vice versa. Kerið lies in the Iceland´s Western Volcanic Zone, which runs through the Reykjanes peninsula and the glacier Langjökull. Traces of volcanism are not very obvious, since most of the eruption sites are low-lying and many of the craters are hidden by vegetation, but three craters in the Grímsnes area are clearly discernible and well-known features: Kerið, Seyðishólar and Kerhóll.
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Kerið
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The crater Kerið was formed about 6,500 years ago and lies at the northern end of a row of craters known as Tjarnarhólar. It is oval, about 270 m long, 170 m wide and 55 m deep: the depth of the water at the bottom varies between 7 and 14 m. According to an old tradition, a rise in the water level here is accompanied by a corresponding fall in the pond on Búrfell in Grímsnes and vice versa. Kerið lies in the Iceland´s Western Volcanic Zone, which runs through the Reykjanes peninsula and the glacier Langjökull. Traces of volcanism are not very obvious, since most of the eruption sites are low-lying and many of the craters are hidden by vegetation, but three craters in the Grímsnes area are clearly discernible and well-known features: Kerið, Seyðishólar and Kerhóll.
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. Every winter spectacular ice sculptures are formed inside the entrance of the cave making the experience of visiting the lava tunnel even more breathtaking. The total length of the tunnel is an impressive 1360 m (4500 ft), the main tunnel being 900 m (3000 ft) long. The tunnel is up to 30 m wide with headroom up to 10 m high, making it one of the most expansive lava tunnels in Iceland. Near the entrance of the tunnel the ceiling has caved in creating three beautiful columns of light inside the tunnel. At the end of Raufarhólshellir the tunnel branches into three smaller tunnels where magnificent lava falls and formations are clearly visible.
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Raufarholshellir
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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. Every winter spectacular ice sculptures are formed inside the entrance of the cave making the experience of visiting the lava tunnel even more breathtaking. The total length of the tunnel is an impressive 1360 m (4500 ft), the main tunnel being 900 m (3000 ft) long. The tunnel is up to 30 m wide with headroom up to 10 m high, making it one of the most expansive lava tunnels in Iceland. Near the entrance of the tunnel the ceiling has caved in creating three beautiful columns of light inside the tunnel. At the end of Raufarhólshellir the tunnel branches into three smaller tunnels where magnificent lava falls and formations are clearly visible.
Katla Geopark includes geological features of global significance. Over 150 volcanic eruptions have been recorded in the area since the 9th century. The eruptions created the landscape and influenced where people settled. Through the centuries, man and nature have affected the region's history. The area is constantly changing due to the volcanic activity. The Geopark covers about 9% of Iceland, 9542 km2, and follows the borders of three municipalities, Skaftárhreppur, Mýrdalshreppur and Rangárþing eystra. About 2700 people live within the Geopark. Traditional agriculture has been the main source of employment, especially sheep and dairy farming. Cereal farming has recently increased. The villages of Hvolsvöllur, Vík and Kirkjubæjarklaustur developed as service centres for farmers. In recent years tourism has become increasingly important to the economy of the area.
Katla Geopark
Katla Geopark includes geological features of global significance. Over 150 volcanic eruptions have been recorded in the area since the 9th century. The eruptions created the landscape and influenced where people settled. Through the centuries, man and nature have affected the region's history. The area is constantly changing due to the volcanic activity. The Geopark covers about 9% of Iceland, 9542 km2, and follows the borders of three municipalities, Skaftárhreppur, Mýrdalshreppur and Rangárþing eystra. About 2700 people live within the Geopark. Traditional agriculture has been the main source of employment, especially sheep and dairy farming. Cereal farming has recently increased. The villages of Hvolsvöllur, Vík and Kirkjubæjarklaustur developed as service centres for farmers. In recent years tourism has become increasingly important to the economy of the area.
The river Ölfusá 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.
Ölfusá
The river Ölfusá 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.
Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of the mighty icecap of Mýrdalsjökull on the South Coast of Iceland. It is one of the most easily accessible glaciers to reach from Selfoss at just 108 kilometres (67 miles) away.
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Sólheimajökulll
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Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of the mighty icecap of Mýrdalsjökull on the South Coast of Iceland. It is one of the most easily accessible glaciers to reach from Selfoss at just 108 kilometres (67 miles) away.
Plunge into the purest glacier water for extraordinary visibility (over 100 meters) in the Silfra fissure, ranked among the top dive sites on the planet! Nowhere else in the world can you dive and snorkel between two tectonic plates- touch North America and Europe at the same time.
Silfra Diving
Plunge into the purest glacier water for extraordinary visibility (over 100 meters) in the Silfra fissure, ranked among the top dive sites on the planet! Nowhere else in the world can you dive and snorkel between two tectonic plates- touch North America and Europe at the same time.
Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths is located in the center of the most popular tourist route in Iceland, the Golden Circle. A unique experience of the healing powers of the geothermal springs. Soak in a natural pool, listen to the bubbling hot spring in the steam rooms, or for the venturesome, take a dip in the refreshing lake.
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Laugarvatn Fontana
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Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths is located in the center of the most popular tourist route in Iceland, the Golden Circle. A unique experience of the healing powers of the geothermal springs. Soak in a natural pool, listen to the bubbling hot spring in the steam rooms, or for the venturesome, take a dip in the refreshing lake.
Hidden in the hills of the famous Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi, like its name, is a mystical yet fairytale like fall that evenly drizzles down in its gorge. The name Gljúfrabúi basically means “the one that lives in the gorge” and that’s very descriptive. It’s epic green colors in summer and winter paradise look in winter has had people visiting for centuries and no one seems to mind that it’s unreachable without getting a little wet. Just be careful with your camera! Super easy to find and is about 3 min walk from Seljalandsfoss “the one you can walk behind”
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Gljúfrafoss
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Hidden in the hills of the famous Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi, like its name, is a mystical yet fairytale like fall that evenly drizzles down in its gorge. The name Gljúfrabúi basically means “the one that lives in the gorge” and that’s very descriptive. It’s epic green colors in summer and winter paradise look in winter has had people visiting for centuries and no one seems to mind that it’s unreachable without getting a little wet. Just be careful with your camera! Super easy to find and is about 3 min walk from Seljalandsfoss “the one you can walk behind”
Þjófafoss or the thief’s waterfall is located in the east side of Merkurhraun Lava field in the southern part of Iceland. Its water runs from the powerful Þjórsá river which is also the longest river in Iceland about 143 miles or 230 kilometers. The waterfall has the most perfect viewing platform from where you can enjoy the beauty of it. The waterfall is pretty easy to find but you will need to drive on gravel. Be prepared or just put on your hiking shoes. Take Ring Road 1 from Hella heading east in the direction of Selfoss. After a few minutes drive take the exit to road 26 in the direction of Galtalækur. After about 50 km drive on the road, you will see a sign marked Þjófafoss. The track from road no. 26 to the waterfall is about 5 km long and made from gravel so only accessible by 4×4 wheelers and rentals with permission to drive on F-roads.
Þjófafoss
Þjófafoss or the thief’s waterfall is located in the east side of Merkurhraun Lava field in the southern part of Iceland. Its water runs from the powerful Þjórsá river which is also the longest river in Iceland about 143 miles or 230 kilometers. The waterfall has the most perfect viewing platform from where you can enjoy the beauty of it. The waterfall is pretty easy to find but you will need to drive on gravel. Be prepared or just put on your hiking shoes. Take Ring Road 1 from Hella heading east in the direction of Selfoss. After a few minutes drive take the exit to road 26 in the direction of Galtalækur. After about 50 km drive on the road, you will see a sign marked Þjófafoss. The track from road no. 26 to the waterfall is about 5 km long and made from gravel so only accessible by 4×4 wheelers and rentals with permission to drive on F-roads.
There are two ways to reach this twin waterfall. One is through Hvolsvöllur, driving into Fljótshlíð the other is via gravel road past the mountain (or hill) Stóri-Dímon. When you first see it, it’s a small waterfall, you can walk behind it and see Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano through its stream or you can fill your water bottle with the most delicious water. But this is only the second drop of the falls. If you head further into the gorge you will see the original one, falling much higher. The name Gluggafoss means window waterfall and you will soon see why. The cliff the waterfall spouts from is made from tuff which is quite soft so the water stream was able to carve little “windows” into it and now the water spouts through 3 different “windows” in the cliff. It’s gorgeous and often a rainbow adds the cherry on top to this magical place. Worth the visit, no doubt!
Gluggafoss (also called Merkjárfoss)
There are two ways to reach this twin waterfall. One is through Hvolsvöllur, driving into Fljótshlíð the other is via gravel road past the mountain (or hill) Stóri-Dímon. When you first see it, it’s a small waterfall, you can walk behind it and see Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano through its stream or you can fill your water bottle with the most delicious water. But this is only the second drop of the falls. If you head further into the gorge you will see the original one, falling much higher. The name Gluggafoss means window waterfall and you will soon see why. The cliff the waterfall spouts from is made from tuff which is quite soft so the water stream was able to carve little “windows” into it and now the water spouts through 3 different “windows” in the cliff. It’s gorgeous and often a rainbow adds the cherry on top to this magical place. Worth the visit, no doubt!
The third highest waterfall in Iceland (at the moment) is Háifoss. The name is pretty descriptive, as hái means high so basically the name it the high waterfall. Háifoss is 122 meters high and takes its water from the Fossá river, which takes its water from the before named Þjórsá river. Right next to Háifoss you will find another waterfall Granni (e. neighbor) and together they create one of the most beautiful sights in Iceland. The best view over them is after a bit of a hike but so very worth! Getting to Háifoss is quite easy. From Reykjavík you can drive east n the Ring Road 1 pass the town Selfoss and take a left turn on road 30 until you reach Árnes. Make a right onto road 32 and just before you reach power plant Sultartangi turn left onto the gravel road. It will take you to Háifoss. power plant Sultartangi turn left on a gravel road, which leads to Háifoss waterfall. The drive from Reykjavík is about 134 km (83 miles).
Háifoss
The third highest waterfall in Iceland (at the moment) is Háifoss. The name is pretty descriptive, as hái means high so basically the name it the high waterfall. Háifoss is 122 meters high and takes its water from the Fossá river, which takes its water from the before named Þjórsá river. Right next to Háifoss you will find another waterfall Granni (e. neighbor) and together they create one of the most beautiful sights in Iceland. The best view over them is after a bit of a hike but so very worth! Getting to Háifoss is quite easy. From Reykjavík you can drive east n the Ring Road 1 pass the town Selfoss and take a left turn on road 30 until you reach Árnes. Make a right onto road 32 and just before you reach power plant Sultartangi turn left onto the gravel road. It will take you to Háifoss. power plant Sultartangi turn left on a gravel road, which leads to Háifoss waterfall. The drive from Reykjavík is about 134 km (83 miles).
Brúarfoss waterfall is a pretty small waterfall but it sure makes up for it in beauty. Prepare for the bluest of blue and white water in the most charming lava setting. The waterfall’s water originates in the glacial river Brúará which takes its water from the Hvítá river famous for both being an epic playground for River Rafting in Iceland and the home to the famous waterfall Gullfoss. The waterfall takes its name “bridge waterfall” after a stone arch that stood over it acting as a bridge. It is believed to have once dropped from a higher cliff but the powerful water has sculptured its path throughout the years. Brúarfoss waterfall is located about 80 min away from Reykjavík. Unlike many others, Brúarfoss doesn’t have a designated parking space so visitors are recommended to park their cars by the Brúará bridge (on Road 37) and then walk along the river to the waterfall.
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Bruarfoss Waterfall
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Brúarfoss waterfall is a pretty small waterfall but it sure makes up for it in beauty. Prepare for the bluest of blue and white water in the most charming lava setting. The waterfall’s water originates in the glacial river Brúará which takes its water from the Hvítá river famous for both being an epic playground for River Rafting in Iceland and the home to the famous waterfall Gullfoss. The waterfall takes its name “bridge waterfall” after a stone arch that stood over it acting as a bridge. It is believed to have once dropped from a higher cliff but the powerful water has sculptured its path throughout the years. Brúarfoss waterfall is located about 80 min away from Reykjavík. Unlike many others, Brúarfoss doesn’t have a designated parking space so visitors are recommended to park their cars by the Brúará bridge (on Road 37) and then walk along the river to the waterfall.
The lesser-known Golden Circle waterfall! This hidden little gem is for me the perfect add-on to a self-drive Golden Circle. It has a few viewing point and I recommend to take time to explore it from different angles. The water flow of it is quite season depending but it’s always beautiful. Faxafoss is a very wide waterfall and is fed by Tungufljót river which means that the waterfall is filled with salmon and quite a popular fishing spot. Right next to it is nice restaurant called við Faxa and Faxi is about 12 km (7,5 miles) away from Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs, the whole way there are great roads and a good parking lot. In the area are also great picnic spots perfect for a lunch with a view moment!
Faxafoss
The lesser-known Golden Circle waterfall! This hidden little gem is for me the perfect add-on to a self-drive Golden Circle. It has a few viewing point and I recommend to take time to explore it from different angles. The water flow of it is quite season depending but it’s always beautiful. Faxafoss is a very wide waterfall and is fed by Tungufljót river which means that the waterfall is filled with salmon and quite a popular fishing spot. Right next to it is nice restaurant called við Faxa and Faxi is about 12 km (7,5 miles) away from Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs, the whole way there are great roads and a good parking lot. In the area are also great picnic spots perfect for a lunch with a view moment!
Northwest to the town of Eyrarbakki, is a wetland area rich in birdlife. The reserve has walking paths and a bird hide, and ideal spot for bird watching. The Flói Bird Reserve is listed in the Bird Life international Association.
Flói Nature Reserve
Northwest to the town of Eyrarbakki, is a wetland area rich in birdlife. The reserve has walking paths and a bird hide, and ideal spot for bird watching. The Flói Bird Reserve is listed in the Bird Life international Association.
About Hengill, Volcanic Mountain, Area The area of the impressive volcanic mountain Hengill is one of the largest geothermal areas in Iceland, covering of approximately 100 km². The geothermal activity is connected with three volcanic systems and at least three volcanic eruptions have occurred in the last 11,000 years, the most recent being 2,000 years ago. Two power stations derive its energy from Hengill, Hellisheiði power plant and Nesjavellir power plant. Nesjavellir plant generates electricity and hot water by utilizing geothermal water and steam. Production capacity is 120 MW of electricity and 300 MW of thermal energy (1800 litres per second). Nesjavellir geothermal power plant is not open to the public. Hellisheiði Power Plant production capacity is 303 MW of electricity and 133 MW of thermal energy. The thermal energy capacity could be increased by 300MW. You can visit the Geothermal Energy Exhibition at Hellisheiði Power Plant.
Hengill
About Hengill, Volcanic Mountain, Area The area of the impressive volcanic mountain Hengill is one of the largest geothermal areas in Iceland, covering of approximately 100 km². The geothermal activity is connected with three volcanic systems and at least three volcanic eruptions have occurred in the last 11,000 years, the most recent being 2,000 years ago. Two power stations derive its energy from Hengill, Hellisheiði power plant and Nesjavellir power plant. Nesjavellir plant generates electricity and hot water by utilizing geothermal water and steam. Production capacity is 120 MW of electricity and 300 MW of thermal energy (1800 litres per second). Nesjavellir geothermal power plant is not open to the public. Hellisheiði Power Plant production capacity is 303 MW of electricity and 133 MW of thermal energy. The thermal energy capacity could be increased by 300MW. You can visit the Geothermal Energy Exhibition at Hellisheiði Power Plant.
During the summer months, hiking in the highlands of Iceland becomes a popular pastime. The Laugavegur trail, which runs between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk, is as popular a destination with locals as it is with foreign visitors, and remains one of the most extraordinary walking trails in the world. It offers a great variety of landscapes, mountains in various colors, hot springs and glaciers, rivers and lakes. The difficulty of the track depends largely on the weather conditions. Limited accommodation is offered in six huts along the trail, subject to booking, and campsites around the trails. The roads in the highlands usually open from around mid-June or later depending on road and weather conditions and are open throughout September. The roads are only accessible with a 4x4 drive vehicles and there is a daily bus schedule into the area with various companies once the season starts. Camping in the wild is not allowed within nature reserves and not recommended in the surrounding area due to environmental reasons.
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Landmannalaugar
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During the summer months, hiking in the highlands of Iceland becomes a popular pastime. The Laugavegur trail, which runs between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk, is as popular a destination with locals as it is with foreign visitors, and remains one of the most extraordinary walking trails in the world. It offers a great variety of landscapes, mountains in various colors, hot springs and glaciers, rivers and lakes. The difficulty of the track depends largely on the weather conditions. Limited accommodation is offered in six huts along the trail, subject to booking, and campsites around the trails. The roads in the highlands usually open from around mid-June or later depending on road and weather conditions and are open throughout September. The roads are only accessible with a 4x4 drive vehicles and there is a daily bus schedule into the area with various companies once the season starts. Camping in the wild is not allowed within nature reserves and not recommended in the surrounding area due to environmental reasons.
The massive stone arch of Dyrholaey is surrounded by black beaches and green meadows. It’s also full of birdlife including, you guessed it, puffins. The interesting structure of Dyrhólaey is reflected in the puffins’ burrows. Quite the little architect, the puffin will design its burrow to accommodate its pufflings perfectly. At the back they build a nest out of feathers and grass where they incubate the egg. There will also be a toilet area at the first bend in the burrow so the puffling can do its business without soiling its waterproof feathers. As the chick gets older, the toilet is moved closer to the entrance to accommodate its size. Super efficient!
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Dyrhólaey
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The massive stone arch of Dyrholaey is surrounded by black beaches and green meadows. It’s also full of birdlife including, you guessed it, puffins. The interesting structure of Dyrhólaey is reflected in the puffins’ burrows. Quite the little architect, the puffin will design its burrow to accommodate its pufflings perfectly. At the back they build a nest out of feathers and grass where they incubate the egg. There will also be a toilet area at the first bend in the burrow so the puffling can do its business without soiling its waterproof feathers. As the chick gets older, the toilet is moved closer to the entrance to accommodate its size. Super efficient!
https://guidetoiceland.is/travel-iceland/drive/hjalparfoss
Hjalparfoss
https://guidetoiceland.is/travel-iceland/drive/hjalparfoss
Sightseeing
Beautiful village by the sea. Quaint houses and a great Restaurant.
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Eyrarbakki
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Beautiful village by the sea. Quaint houses and a great Restaurant.
Beautiful little seaside village with an amazing restaurant (Fjoruborðið), a lighthouse, horses and stunning views out to sea. You can book a kayak session and also visit the Ghost House.
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Stokkseyri
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Beautiful little seaside village with an amazing restaurant (Fjoruborðið), a lighthouse, horses and stunning views out to sea. You can book a kayak session and also visit the Ghost House.
Sólheimar is considered the oldest Eco-Village in the world. Sólheimar were established as a children's home 80 years ago, but today Sólheimar focuses on offering people with special needs varied and creative employment opportunities, jobs in organic horticulture and forestry in a close-knit community that focuses on environmental issues and vivid cultural life. Sólheimar workplaces include six creative art workshops, Naerandi - an organic bakery, Ölur - organic forestry, Sunna - organic horticulture, Brekkukot Guesthouse and catering service, and Graena Kannan - organic café. All products are sold in the Vala grocery store and art gallery.
Solheimar Eco-Village Guesthouse
Sólheimar is considered the oldest Eco-Village in the world. Sólheimar were established as a children's home 80 years ago, but today Sólheimar focuses on offering people with special needs varied and creative employment opportunities, jobs in organic horticulture and forestry in a close-knit community that focuses on environmental issues and vivid cultural life. Sólheimar workplaces include six creative art workshops, Naerandi - an organic bakery, Ölur - organic forestry, Sunna - organic horticulture, Brekkukot Guesthouse and catering service, and Graena Kannan - organic café. All products are sold in the Vala grocery store and art gallery.
The epic plane wreck on the black beach in South Iceland In 1973 a United States Navy DC plane ran out of fuel and crashed on the black beach at Sólheimasandur, in the South Coast of Iceland. Fortunately, everyone in that plane survived. Later it turned out that the pilot had simply switched over to the wrong fuel tank. The remains are still on the sand very close to the sea.
Solheimasandur Plane Wreck
The epic plane wreck on the black beach in South Iceland In 1973 a United States Navy DC plane ran out of fuel and crashed on the black beach at Sólheimasandur, in the South Coast of Iceland. Fortunately, everyone in that plane survived. Later it turned out that the pilot had simply switched over to the wrong fuel tank. The remains are still on the sand very close to the sea.
The only Glacial and Ice Cave company we recommend: http://localguide.is AN INTRODUCTION TO THE COMPANY BY THE OWNERS OF LOCAL GUIDE Local Guide is a small family run glacier guiding company that has been operating in South East Iceland since 1991. The company was founded by my grandfather, Sigðurður Bjarnason, but since 2015 myself and my partner Helen María have taken over a part of the company. We are proud to maintain the excellent reputation of Local Guide and we pride ourselves on hiring local guides with an excellent knowledge of the area and the island as a whole and offering small group tours to enhance your experience. Whilst the company was established in 1991, we are three generations of glacier guides and up to five generations of explorers in the area. One of the first men to climb the highest summit in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur, on the 17th of August 1891, was my great grandfather Páll Jónsson. In the summer months we offer hiking on the glacier with half day hikes, family tours and full day advanced tours for those who want an even greater adventure on the ice. During the winter months, from October to March, we offer ice caving tours. Me and my father were the first people to offer regular ice cave tours in Iceland and we are continuing to offer this service. We strive to find the best available caves to offer the best experience possible for our guests. As a small company we love the flexibility this gives us to be able to offer private tours and to work on exciting projects for photography, filming and print. We are always open to new possibilities, so we welcome your enquiry. Best regards, Aron Franklín
Ice Cave Tours
The only Glacial and Ice Cave company we recommend: http://localguide.is AN INTRODUCTION TO THE COMPANY BY THE OWNERS OF LOCAL GUIDE Local Guide is a small family run glacier guiding company that has been operating in South East Iceland since 1991. The company was founded by my grandfather, Sigðurður Bjarnason, but since 2015 myself and my partner Helen María have taken over a part of the company. We are proud to maintain the excellent reputation of Local Guide and we pride ourselves on hiring local guides with an excellent knowledge of the area and the island as a whole and offering small group tours to enhance your experience. Whilst the company was established in 1991, we are three generations of glacier guides and up to five generations of explorers in the area. One of the first men to climb the highest summit in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur, on the 17th of August 1891, was my great grandfather Páll Jónsson. In the summer months we offer hiking on the glacier with half day hikes, family tours and full day advanced tours for those who want an even greater adventure on the ice. During the winter months, from October to March, we offer ice caving tours. Me and my father were the first people to offer regular ice cave tours in Iceland and we are continuing to offer this service. We strive to find the best available caves to offer the best experience possible for our guests. As a small company we love the flexibility this gives us to be able to offer private tours and to work on exciting projects for photography, filming and print. We are always open to new possibilities, so we welcome your enquiry. Best regards, Aron Franklín
Shopping
Flying Tiger Copenhagen
58 Austurvegur
Rúmfatalagerinn
Una offers a great selection of handpicked local products and souvenirs with a nice blend of unique handicraft, art and design products as well as produce from Icelandic nature such as jams, teas, spices, kelp sauce, rhubarb candy and more. Have a seat in their cosy corner and enjoy light refreshments after a fun shopping spree!
UNA Local Product
Una offers a great selection of handpicked local products and souvenirs with a nice blend of unique handicraft, art and design products as well as produce from Icelandic nature such as jams, teas, spices, kelp sauce, rhubarb candy and more. Have a seat in their cosy corner and enjoy light refreshments after a fun shopping spree!
On June 1, 2010, twelve women from South Iceland joined together to found a handcraft organization. Today the group consists of 8 women and they produce all their own products under the name of each woman. All the products are handmade.
Handverksskúrinn
On June 1, 2010, twelve women from South Iceland joined together to found a handcraft organization. Today the group consists of 8 women and they produce all their own products under the name of each woman. All the products are handmade.
Getting Around
The service station also serves as the bus terminal. Catch buses here to the East of Iceland and to Reykjavík
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48 Austurvegur
The service station also serves as the bus terminal. Catch buses here to the East of Iceland and to Reykjavík
The ferry to the Westman Islands sails from here during the winter, or in bad weather. Þórlakshöfn is the main town of the Öfus district in South Iceland, located on the South Shore. It has a population of about 1,400 people and is a main port for South Iceland. It is important as a connecting point with the Westman Islands.
Þorlákshöfn
The ferry to the Westman Islands sails from here during the winter, or in bad weather. Þórlakshöfn is the main town of the Öfus district in South Iceland, located on the South Shore. It has a population of about 1,400 people and is a main port for South Iceland. It is important as a connecting point with the Westman Islands.
The ferry to the Westman Islands leaves from Landeyjahöfn during the summer months.
Landeyjahöfn
The ferry to the Westman Islands leaves from Landeyjahöfn during the summer months.
Drinks & Nightlife
Popular Sports Bar that has a fantastic lunch special for only 1,590 kr per person, featuring Icelandic lamb and other delicacies on Fridays!
Hvítahúsið
Popular Sports Bar that has a fantastic lunch special for only 1,590 kr per person, featuring Icelandic lamb and other delicacies on Fridays!
Hotel Selfoss restaurant and bar is spacious and bright with a spectacular view over Ölfusá river and the nearby mountain, Ingólfsfjall. The staff emphasizes creating a comfortable atmosphere and ensuring that a meal at the Riverside Restaurant will be a pleasant experience for the guest.
Hotel Selfoss & SPA
2 Kirkjuvegur
Hotel Selfoss restaurant and bar is spacious and bright with a spectacular view over Ölfusá river and the nearby mountain, Ingólfsfjall. The staff emphasizes creating a comfortable atmosphere and ensuring that a meal at the Riverside Restaurant will be a pleasant experience for the guest.
Arts & Culture
In HVOLLSVÖLLUR: STATE-OF-THE ART EDUCATIONAL CENTRE The Lava Centre is an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. A VIEW OF THE EARTH’S INNER FORCES Examine the various volcanoes—eruptions and lava flows, volcanic and rift systems, faults and glacial floods that make Iceland a showcase of volcanism. The centre introduces the Katla Geopark plus Iceland's elaborate monitoring system for surveying volcanoes and earthquake zones.
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LAVA Centre
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In HVOLLSVÖLLUR: STATE-OF-THE ART EDUCATIONAL CENTRE The Lava Centre is an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. A VIEW OF THE EARTH’S INNER FORCES Examine the various volcanoes—eruptions and lava flows, volcanic and rift systems, faults and glacial floods that make Iceland a showcase of volcanism. The centre introduces the Katla Geopark plus Iceland's elaborate monitoring system for surveying volcanoes and earthquake zones.
This centre houses memorabilia of the 11th World Chess Champion BOBBY FISCHER and the Selfoss Chess Club. The American Bobby Fischer became the World Chess Champion when he defeated the Soviet grandmaster and reigning World Champion Boris Spassky in Reykjavík in the summer of 1972. The match is generally referred to as the Match of the Century. It took place at the height of the Cold War, mirroring the tense relations between the two superpowers, the United States of America and the Soviet Union. Since 1948 Soviet chess players had held the World Championship title - uninterrupted for 25 years. On display at the Bobby Fischer centre in Selfoss are among other things Spassky´s and Fischer´s scoresheets, a printout from the radiation measurements demanded by Spassky´s delegation after the 17th game and a replica of the chess board used during the match, which was staged in Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík. In addition there are many curious items related to Bobby Fischer's stay in Iceland during his last years (2005-2008), for example his chair from the antiquarian bookshop Bókin in Reykjavík. He died on 17th January 2008 at the age of 64. Bobby Fischer´s final resting place is at Laugardælir cemetery, a few hundred metres away from the Bobby Fischer centre.
Bobby Fischer Center
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This centre houses memorabilia of the 11th World Chess Champion BOBBY FISCHER and the Selfoss Chess Club. The American Bobby Fischer became the World Chess Champion when he defeated the Soviet grandmaster and reigning World Champion Boris Spassky in Reykjavík in the summer of 1972. The match is generally referred to as the Match of the Century. It took place at the height of the Cold War, mirroring the tense relations between the two superpowers, the United States of America and the Soviet Union. Since 1948 Soviet chess players had held the World Championship title - uninterrupted for 25 years. On display at the Bobby Fischer centre in Selfoss are among other things Spassky´s and Fischer´s scoresheets, a printout from the radiation measurements demanded by Spassky´s delegation after the 17th game and a replica of the chess board used during the match, which was staged in Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík. In addition there are many curious items related to Bobby Fischer's stay in Iceland during his last years (2005-2008), for example his chair from the antiquarian bookshop Bókin in Reykjavík. He died on 17th January 2008 at the age of 64. Bobby Fischer´s final resting place is at Laugardælir cemetery, a few hundred metres away from the Bobby Fischer centre.
Great place to read or buy a book and drink great coffee!
Bókakaffið - Books & Coffee
22 Austurvegur
Great place to read or buy a book and drink great coffee!
Skogar Museum in Southern Iceland is a cultural heritage collection of 15,000 regional artifacts exhibited in 6 historical buildings and 3 museums. Look out for the lunchtime specials of soup and bread for a reasonable price!
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Skogar Museum
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Skogar Museum in Southern Iceland is a cultural heritage collection of 15,000 regional artifacts exhibited in 6 historical buildings and 3 museums. Look out for the lunchtime specials of soup and bread for a reasonable price!
The Saga Centre in Hvolsvöllur offers a unique Njal's Saga exhibition, where Njal's Saga, the most famous of the medieval Sagas of Icelanders is Introduced in several languages. The exhibition gives an overview over the world of the Sagas, the Viking age and the age of the settlement, but it was in the region of Hvolsvöllur that Njal's Saga did 'take place' exactly one thousand years ago. In The Saga Centre is also an modern art gallery, the Saga Hall – a replica of a Viking longhouse with historic refreshments, model of Þingvellir AD 1000, Co-op museum, the new Njal's Saga tapestry in progress, elegant gift & souvenir shop and Viking costumes and weapons for the kids to play with.
Valhalla Restaurant And Saga Centre
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The Saga Centre in Hvolsvöllur offers a unique Njal's Saga exhibition, where Njal's Saga, the most famous of the medieval Sagas of Icelanders is Introduced in several languages. The exhibition gives an overview over the world of the Sagas, the Viking age and the age of the settlement, but it was in the region of Hvolsvöllur that Njal's Saga did 'take place' exactly one thousand years ago. In The Saga Centre is also an modern art gallery, the Saga Hall – a replica of a Viking longhouse with historic refreshments, model of Þingvellir AD 1000, Co-op museum, the new Njal's Saga tapestry in progress, elegant gift & souvenir shop and Viking costumes and weapons for the kids to play with.
Riverside Spa is the perfect place to relax your body, enhance your vitality and improve our look. Guest receive bathrobes and towels at the spa entrance. The spa contains a warm and pleasant environment where references to Icelandic nature is evident. Fire, ice, water, steam and the northern lights are tastefully incorporated into the design. The spa offers traditional Icelandic steam bath and sauna, relaxation showers, seating area and a bar with light meals and drinks. It includes a large and charming hot tub designed with the brightened sky in mind, filled with the northern lights and a relaxations room with comfortable chairs and candle lights. Riverside Spa provides a top of the line beauty parlour and massage services with a variety treatments and massage.
Hotel Selfoss & SPA
2 Kirkjuvegur
Riverside Spa is the perfect place to relax your body, enhance your vitality and improve our look. Guest receive bathrobes and towels at the spa entrance. The spa contains a warm and pleasant environment where references to Icelandic nature is evident. Fire, ice, water, steam and the northern lights are tastefully incorporated into the design. The spa offers traditional Icelandic steam bath and sauna, relaxation showers, seating area and a bar with light meals and drinks. It includes a large and charming hot tub designed with the brightened sky in mind, filled with the northern lights and a relaxations room with comfortable chairs and candle lights. Riverside Spa provides a top of the line beauty parlour and massage services with a variety treatments and massage.
Eldhestar has one of the most varied selections of horse riding tours in Iceland. We offer short tours, day tours and multi-day tours for all experience levels. Happy Horses The horses are the stars of our show. It is their contribution, willingness and spirit that make your experience special. We make sure our horses are happy, healthy and well-taken care of. Proven Quality Eldhestar participates in Vakinn, the official quality and safety label of Icelandic Tourism. The aim is to strengthen quality and safety in tourism by means of guidance, support and developing a sense of social responsibility.
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Hotel Eldhestar
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Eldhestar has one of the most varied selections of horse riding tours in Iceland. We offer short tours, day tours and multi-day tours for all experience levels. Happy Horses The horses are the stars of our show. It is their contribution, willingness and spirit that make your experience special. We make sure our horses are happy, healthy and well-taken care of. Proven Quality Eldhestar participates in Vakinn, the official quality and safety label of Icelandic Tourism. The aim is to strengthen quality and safety in tourism by means of guidance, support and developing a sense of social responsibility.
SKÁLHOLT KIRKJA (CHURCH) Situated in the lower part of the Biskupstungur valley between the rivers Hvítá and Brúará, Skálholt is one of Iceland's places of special historical interest. For seven centuries it was the scene of the most dramatic events which shaped the political, spiritual and cultural life in Iceland. Its early history is traced back to the 11th century when religious disputes were at their sharpest in Iceland. Within two centuries of the settlement of Iceland, the first bishopric was founded at Skálholt in 1056 for South Iceland, and soon a second at Hólar in 1109 for North Iceland. The man who chose Skálholt as the site of the first Episcopal see in Iceland was Ísleifur (1006 - 1080), son of Gissur the White. Skálholt had earlier been his patrimonial estate and his grandfather, Teitur Ketilbjarnarson, was the first settler there. According to an old account, Skálholt was at that time "the largest town in Iceland". Ísleifur's father, who was a wealthy aristocrat and a redoubtable political figure as well, played a decisive role in the Christianization of Iceland and the future status of the church. He built the first church in Iceland at Skálholt around the year 1000. In the 12th century bishop Klængur Þorsteinsson built a great cathedral at Skálholt. It was a sumptuous edifice made of timber shipped from Norway. For centuries Skálholt was the centre of learning and culture in Iceland, a status which lasted up to the Reformation in 1550. In 1954, a team of archaeologists, while digging up the foundations of the old cathedral, came upon a sarcophagus which was believed to contain the skeleton of Páll Jónsson, one of the most powerful bishops of Skálholt. His sarcophagus, together with a few relics found at the scene, is now on display in an underground vault beneath the new memorial church built during 1956-1963 on the site of the old cathedral. All churches in Scandinavia contributed financially to its construction. The last Catholic bishop of Iceland, Jón Arason, was executed at Skálholt in 1550, along with his two sons. He had opposed the Reformation imposed upon Iceland by King Christian III of Denmark. Today, a memorial stands at the site of the execution. Arason's Episcopal robes are on display at the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavík. Today, Skálholt is visited for the new cathedral, the tomb of bishops, the museum, and the collection of ancient books in the tower. A public high school is at Skálholt. Skálholt is 93 km from Reykjavík, very close to Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir and other key tourist attractions.
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Skálholt
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SKÁLHOLT KIRKJA (CHURCH) Situated in the lower part of the Biskupstungur valley between the rivers Hvítá and Brúará, Skálholt is one of Iceland's places of special historical interest. For seven centuries it was the scene of the most dramatic events which shaped the political, spiritual and cultural life in Iceland. Its early history is traced back to the 11th century when religious disputes were at their sharpest in Iceland. Within two centuries of the settlement of Iceland, the first bishopric was founded at Skálholt in 1056 for South Iceland, and soon a second at Hólar in 1109 for North Iceland. The man who chose Skálholt as the site of the first Episcopal see in Iceland was Ísleifur (1006 - 1080), son of Gissur the White. Skálholt had earlier been his patrimonial estate and his grandfather, Teitur Ketilbjarnarson, was the first settler there. According to an old account, Skálholt was at that time "the largest town in Iceland". Ísleifur's father, who was a wealthy aristocrat and a redoubtable political figure as well, played a decisive role in the Christianization of Iceland and the future status of the church. He built the first church in Iceland at Skálholt around the year 1000. In the 12th century bishop Klængur Þorsteinsson built a great cathedral at Skálholt. It was a sumptuous edifice made of timber shipped from Norway. For centuries Skálholt was the centre of learning and culture in Iceland, a status which lasted up to the Reformation in 1550. In 1954, a team of archaeologists, while digging up the foundations of the old cathedral, came upon a sarcophagus which was believed to contain the skeleton of Páll Jónsson, one of the most powerful bishops of Skálholt. His sarcophagus, together with a few relics found at the scene, is now on display in an underground vault beneath the new memorial church built during 1956-1963 on the site of the old cathedral. All churches in Scandinavia contributed financially to its construction. The last Catholic bishop of Iceland, Jón Arason, was executed at Skálholt in 1550, along with his two sons. He had opposed the Reformation imposed upon Iceland by King Christian III of Denmark. Today, a memorial stands at the site of the execution. Arason's Episcopal robes are on display at the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavík. Today, Skálholt is visited for the new cathedral, the tomb of bishops, the museum, and the collection of ancient books in the tower. A public high school is at Skálholt. Skálholt is 93 km from Reykjavík, very close to Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir and other key tourist attractions.
Thanks to its position on a volatile section of the Mid-Atlantic ridge, Iceland is a world leader in the use of geothermal energy. Of the six geothermal power plants in Iceland, Hellisheiði (pronounced “het-li-shay-thee”) is the newest and largest. Hellisheiði Power Plant is situated in the Hengill area in South West Iceland and provides electricity and hot water for space heating in the industrial and domestic sectors in Iceland. To access the potential energy under the surface, wells are drilled thousands of metres into the ground, penetrating reservoirs of pressurised water. Heated by the Earth’s energy, this water can be more than 300°C in temperature, and when released it boils up from the well, turning partly to steam on its way. At Hellisheiði, the steam is separated from the water to power some of the plant’s seven turbines, while the remaining water is further depressurised to create more steam, used to power other turbines. At its maximum output the station can produce 303MW of electricity, making it one of the largest single unit power plants in the world.
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The Geothermal Energy Exhibition
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Thanks to its position on a volatile section of the Mid-Atlantic ridge, Iceland is a world leader in the use of geothermal energy. Of the six geothermal power plants in Iceland, Hellisheiði (pronounced “het-li-shay-thee”) is the newest and largest. Hellisheiði Power Plant is situated in the Hengill area in South West Iceland and provides electricity and hot water for space heating in the industrial and domestic sectors in Iceland. To access the potential energy under the surface, wells are drilled thousands of metres into the ground, penetrating reservoirs of pressurised water. Heated by the Earth’s energy, this water can be more than 300°C in temperature, and when released it boils up from the well, turning partly to steam on its way. At Hellisheiði, the steam is separated from the water to power some of the plant’s seven turbines, while the remaining water is further depressurised to create more steam, used to power other turbines. At its maximum output the station can produce 303MW of electricity, making it one of the largest single unit power plants in the world.
Music festival that takes places in small venues all over Reykjavík city centre. For up to date info on 2019 offerings, go here: https://icelandairwaves.is
Iceland Airwaves all over Reykjavik City Center
Music festival that takes places in small venues all over Reykjavík city centre. For up to date info on 2019 offerings, go here: https://icelandairwaves.is
Icelandic horse centre: http://www.hesturinn.is Riding lessons, Stable Café, Gift shop, Stable visits and more - ​See what we have to offer! Sólvangur is an authentic horse breeding farm in South Iceland where people can meet the Icelandic horse, visit the stable, drink coffee or enjoy refreshments at the Stable Café, take riding lessons or even stay for a few nights in the peaceful countryside. The farm is owned by a family with passion for horses and a lot of experience and knowledge in the field. Today there are around 70 horses on the farm, as well as some sheep, chickens, dogs and cats. The horses are well trained quality horses and many of them have been successful in competitions. Sólvangur is the place to visit if you love horses or even if you are just a little curious about them, as the Sólvangur team strives to educate and give people the chance to get closer to the Icelandic horse. ​Opening hours: Daily from 11:00 -17:00 (until 19. september) During the low season and winter months we can open up by arrangement. Feel free to contact us to check availability! Please call Sigga: +354-8997792 for reservation or send an e-mail to icelandichorsecenter@gmail.com
Sólvangur Stable Café / Hestakaffihús
Icelandic horse centre: http://www.hesturinn.is Riding lessons, Stable Café, Gift shop, Stable visits and more - ​See what we have to offer! Sólvangur is an authentic horse breeding farm in South Iceland where people can meet the Icelandic horse, visit the stable, drink coffee or enjoy refreshments at the Stable Café, take riding lessons or even stay for a few nights in the peaceful countryside. The farm is owned by a family with passion for horses and a lot of experience and knowledge in the field. Today there are around 70 horses on the farm, as well as some sheep, chickens, dogs and cats. The horses are well trained quality horses and many of them have been successful in competitions. Sólvangur is the place to visit if you love horses or even if you are just a little curious about them, as the Sólvangur team strives to educate and give people the chance to get closer to the Icelandic horse. ​Opening hours: Daily from 11:00 -17:00 (until 19. september) During the low season and winter months we can open up by arrangement. Feel free to contact us to check availability! Please call Sigga: +354-8997792 for reservation or send an e-mail to icelandichorsecenter@gmail.com
https://www.skogasafn.is/
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Skogar Museum
1 Safnavegur
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https://www.skogasafn.is/
Horse show https://fakasel.is/
Fákasel horse park
Horse show https://fakasel.is/
http://hraunhestar.is/ Hraunhestar is a family-run company that focuses on the well being of our horses and memorable experience of our guests. We are very passionate and take great pride in offering only well trained, nice gaited and happy horses. Our team is small but very experienced in both guiding and the Icelandic horse. We operate all year and offer scheduled day tours as well as private tours, riding lessons and courses.
Hraunhestar
http://hraunhestar.is/ Hraunhestar is a family-run company that focuses on the well being of our horses and memorable experience of our guests. We are very passionate and take great pride in offering only well trained, nice gaited and happy horses. Our team is small but very experienced in both guiding and the Icelandic horse. We operate all year and offer scheduled day tours as well as private tours, riding lessons and courses.
https://www.ishestar.is/en/
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Ishestar Horse Riding Centre
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https://www.ishestar.is/en/
http://www.hesturinn.is/ Sólvangur is an authentic horse breeding farm in South Iceland where people can meet the Icelandic horse, visit the stable, drink coffee or enjoy refreshments at the Stable Café, take riding lessons or even stay for a few nights in the peaceful countryside. The farm is owned by a family with passion for horses and a lot of experience and knowledge in the field. Today there are around 70 horses on the farm, as well as some sheep, chickens, dogs and cats. The horses are well trained quality horses and many of them have been successful in competitions. Sólvangur is the place to visit if you love horses or even if you are just a little curious about them, as the Sólvangur team strives to educate and give people the chance to get closer to the Icelandic horse.
Sólvangur Stable Café / Hestakaffihús
http://www.hesturinn.is/ Sólvangur is an authentic horse breeding farm in South Iceland where people can meet the Icelandic horse, visit the stable, drink coffee or enjoy refreshments at the Stable Café, take riding lessons or even stay for a few nights in the peaceful countryside. The farm is owned by a family with passion for horses and a lot of experience and knowledge in the field. Today there are around 70 horses on the farm, as well as some sheep, chickens, dogs and cats. The horses are well trained quality horses and many of them have been successful in competitions. Sólvangur is the place to visit if you love horses or even if you are just a little curious about them, as the Sólvangur team strives to educate and give people the chance to get closer to the Icelandic horse.
http://kalfholt.is/en/
Kalfholt Horse Breeding & Riding Tours
http://kalfholt.is/en/
http://bakkahestar.is
Bakkahestar Horse Riding Tours
http://bakkahestar.is
http://www.nupshestar.is/
Núpshestar
http://www.nupshestar.is/
https://www.solhestar.is/
Sólhestar Horse Rental
https://www.solhestar.is/