Selfoss Town

Selfoss Town, the largest town in south Iceland outside the capital area, with a population close to 6500 inhabitants is a prosperous modern town. It started developing in 1891, when a suspension bridge was built across Ölfusa river that runs past the community. The bridge made the town a logical centre for services for the surrounding agricultural region. The main circular highway, road number 1 runs through the town which is today the administrative seat of the region.


The town has an outdoor swimming pool with steam baths and hot tubs. There are galleries and a cinema and the town has a large hospital and a health care center, great variety of shops, two comprehensive schools and a college. There are also several hotels and guesthouses at Selfoss, as well as a fine camping ground but Selfoss is a good based to stay at while exploring the many natural wonders and tourist attractions in south Iceland. In recent years, tourism has been growing rapidly at Selfoss and a variety of restaurants and cafés are found in the town from fast food places to fine dining. The largest dairy in Iceland is at Selfoss. At the outskirts of the town there is a 9 hole golf course.

Attractions nearby

Many of the best sights in south Iceland are located a short distance from Selfoss. To mention only a few, the Crater Keriđ is only about 10 minutes drive from Selfoss and Geysir and waterfall Gullfoss are about an hours drive from there.