The 10 Best Things to Do in Selfoss, Iceland

December 29, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Discover the best top things to do in Selfoss, Iceland including Selfoss Geyser, Iceland Activities - Day Tours, Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Kerid Crater, Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum, The Icelandic Turf House, Eldhestar Private Day Tours, Ljosafoss Power Station, Eld Hestar Horseback Tours, Sundholl Selfoss.
Restaurants in Selfoss

1. Selfoss Geyser

Gesyir Center, Selfoss 8001, Iceland +354 480 6800
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Selfoss Geyser

Reviewed By A N - Adelaide

An interesting location - part of the Golden Circle tour - café and facilities nearby. A brief walk from parking area. Read safety sign and avoid risk of testing water temperature. Need patience to capture the various stages of the geyser blowing - entertaining.

2. Iceland Activities - Day Tours

Manamoerk, Hveragerdi 810, Iceland
Excellent
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5 based on 335 reviews

Iceland Activities - Day Tours

Iceland Activities offers exclusive guided biking and hiking tours and Surfing on south Iceland´s famous black sand Beaches. We take you to our most favorite areas that we have been traveling through the past 20 years as a family and show you all the remarkable things that make Iceland so amazing. We offer various tours ranging from two hours up to a day trip suitable for all ages. ‘Your Pace is our Pace’

Reviewed By Paul A

Me and my partner were picked up from Reykjavik on time by Andres and on our way to their office were given brief historical overview of the area that we passed. After a receiving a prepared packed lunch we visited Skógafoss, we had however took a detour to visit a nearby waterfall (I forget the name). At the first waterfall there were many tourists there who had arrived on big tourist buses, the tourists were sliding absolutely everywhere! Didn't look safe at all. Andres however had put Clampons on our feet and we overtook many of the tourists making them very envious of the fact we could walk without concern for slipping. Andres was very considerate having stopping at scenic places so that we could take photos - there were many things that day that a typical tourist company would not do. we stayed with Icelandic activities for 3 days having Snow Shoed, chilled out in a hot spring...very hot spring and had also went caving and cooked a leg of lamb that had been cooked in the ground- again all these trips were excellently prepared for with great consideration towards making sure that me and my partner were well prepared for the cold with all the appropriate equipment. The staff were all local knowing the area incredibly well and will gave options to consider if the weather is poor - can't highly recommend enough

3. Reykjadalur Hot Springs

Road no 1 to Hveragoi, Hveragerdi, Iceland
Excellent
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4.5 based on 359 reviews

Reykjadalur Hot Springs

Reviewed By Mike L - DuBois, Pennsylvania

While our friends spent our last morning in Iceland sleeping in, we decided to get up early and hike to Reykjadalur at sunrise. The hike is around 2 miles (almost entirely uphill), but it’s so worth it when you finally get there. I highly recommend hitting the trail at daybreak. My wife and I were the only people in the hot Springs the entire hour we were there. Clothing was optional, which is always nice! It does get busier though, as we saw many hikers along the trail on the way back!

4. Kerid Crater

Route 35, Selfoss, Iceland
Excellent
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4 based on 1 reviews

Kerid Crater

Reviewed By L0d0 - London

Stopped here on Nicetravel tour. Our entry fee was included. Stunning colour of the frozen crater lake with the red rocks around it looked like a giant geode. Had the weather been better it would have been fascinating to walk around the crater rim or right down to the lake.
It was so windy and with no fence we stood well back!
Don’t miss a stop here

5. Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum

Breidumoerk 1, Hveragerdi 810, Iceland +354 847 3460
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5 based on 61 reviews

Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum

Hveragerdi - Stone & Mineral Museum Welcome to one of the largest privately owned stone, mineral and fossil collections in Iceland. Here you can visit us and experience a professional and at the same time home felt geological exhibit where most of the Icelandic earthly treasures are on display. Here you will also learn about the lifetime achievements of one family who were entrepreneurs in the travelling industry as well as being specially known for their keen eye for stones and gems. We offer a geological service where people will learn about the vast and various Icelandic Nature. We are located in the N1 petrol station (just by the roundabout into Hveragerdi), in the first town you come to east of Reykjavik. We welcome you all. The Ljósbrá Family Icelandic Nature in One Place!

Reviewed By IntrovertedAlien - Florida

Wow, this place... if you want something unique and one of a kind, the look no further. We actually found this by accident, as our car had somehow gotten a dry rotted tire that'd exploded on the way from Selfoss to Reykjavik.
After fixing the tire, we realized that we only had a quarter tank left. So we pulled into a gas station that you had to pay inside. Having some trouble, the owner followed us outside, and looked at our tank, to which he turned us away and told us that we had just enough to reach a different gas station a ways a way, (still don't know why he did that) and upon reaching it, I really, really had to pee, (apparently drinking lots of water and driving for over an hour is a bad thing.)
So upon pulling in, I quickly jumped out, and ran in. To which our group got out and stumbled upon this glorious place. It's family owned, everything is both hand made, and found, and the best part? It won't cost you an arm and a leg!
The man in the shop was super nice, didn't try to over sell anything, and patiently explained what many of the Celtic symbols were that they carved into different pieces of wood they sold.
If we ever come back to Iceland, our group will definitely make a pit stop here again.

6. The Icelandic Turf House

Gaulverjabaejarhreppur | Austur-Medalholtum, Selfoss 801, Iceland +354 694 8108
Excellent
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

The Icelandic Turf House

The Icelandic Turf House: the Jewel of Arctic Architecture. The house that kept Icelanders alive and nurtured their culture through the centuries. How they were built, how they were lived in, their origin and cultural context, contemporary significance, subtlety and beauty. Collection of original houses and in detail Exhibitions.

Reviewed By Manuela L - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

In the past time, Iceland had Sod houses, it's worth original to discover this nature wonder Iceland, I saw them only from outside.

7. Eldhestar Private Day Tours

Vollum Olfusi, Hveragerdi, Iceland
Excellent
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4.5 based on 182 reviews

Eldhestar Private Day Tours

Reviewed By coltexdoc - San Antonio, Texas

We went on a 2 hour ride with Eldhestar as part of a combination horses and glacier tour with Icelandic Mountain Guides. The tour was booked through Eldhestar. Overall, a wonderful experience. The location of the farm and hotel is incredible, beautiful scenery, close to the main road so impossible to avoid seeing and hearing traffic going by, but still had a feeling of being very close to nature. I wanted to avoid some of the stables that were extremely close to town that seemed to have more of a suburban feel and this was a fantastic location. You go through a river basically on a large loop. The horses were well trained trail horses, the guides were pleasant and attentive. We were able to walk around the stable and paddocks, also it was cool that at the end of the ride they had us remove our own horse's saddle, which was a fun skill to experience. A downside would be the very large group of riders of different abilities. One of the reviewers complained of too much tolting. In our group, we were instructed to start going faster and how to draw the tolt out of the horse. However, the inexperienced riders up front would never get going and this led to some degree of frustration because we were encouraged to stay in single file. Eventually, through a combination of passing some slow people/horses, holding back a bit to open up some space in front of me, and finding other horse groups that wanted to keep up a nice pace, I was able to get in a nice feel for the tolting gait. Use of cameras/phones was forbidden but they did set up a photo opportunity for our family that resulted in probably the most epic horseback riding photo we have ever been a part of. Truly magnificent! In the end, I was really happy with the entire experience, including the relative amount of walking and tolting. If we ever return, I would definitely consider doing a multiday excursion with Eldhestar. Since we were staying at an airbnb just outside of town, we chose to drive ourselves to avoid some of the confusing pick-up mishaps I had seen in other reviews (not necessarily of Eldhestar) since they give you hotels and landmarks mostly within the city as pick up points. We had lunch included, which was a nice soup and Sandwich buffet. The transfer to the glacier hike was well coordinated, as I had forgotten to request to be picked up by Eldhestar by the mountain guide. Eldhestar made the call for us and we were picked up there and dropped off after the glacier hike, then driving ourselves back to Reykjavik. The drive is not short to the glacier, and the glacier guide gave us a lot of great information along the way there and back, including a few stops. I highly recommend the combination tour. I booked through Eldhestar but I believe it would be the same if booked through Icelandic Mountain Guides.

8. Ljosafoss Power Station

Ljosafoss, Selfoss 801, Iceland +354 896 7407
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5 based on 24 reviews

Ljosafoss Power Station

Powering the Future is an energy exhibition on the diverse nature of electrical energy. The exhibition puts an emphasis on play and experience where the nature and characteristics of electricity are shown in multiple forms and guests are led through the world of electricity in new and creative ways. Guests are also introduced to the renewable and sustainable energy generation methods used by Landsvirkjun such as hydropower, geothermal energy and wind energy.

Reviewed By mikesabirder - Austin, Texas

This hydroelectric generation plant has a wonderful interactive exhibit that is fun for adults and children. The exhibit takes about one hour and is free to the public. They also offer free coffee or hot chocolate. Our entire group agreed it was well worth the time. Also see the actual generators operating through a glass window.

9. Eld Hestar Horseback Tours

810 Hverageroi | Vollum, Hveragerdi, Iceland
Excellent
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Eld Hestar Horseback Tours

Reviewed By wolf3728 - Las Vegas, Nevada

This is a great way to learn about the Icelandic horses. The breed has not changed in over 1000 years.Dear guest, Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear that you had a nice time on your horse riding tour at Eldhestar!¨ We hope you have the chance to come and visit us again someday! Best regards, Tammy

10. Sundholl Selfoss

Tryggvagata 15, Selfoss 800, Iceland +354 480 1960
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5 based on 13 reviews

Sundholl Selfoss

Reviewed By Renate P - Bath, United Kingdom

We were staying in an apartment directly opposite the swimming pool and went over there one evening. For a start our little grandson did not have to pay anything and us oldies went for a much reduced rate. There are 3 pools for children, one of them is indoors. All are heated. Also there is an indoor 'getting used to things' type pool when you first go in. Then there are 3 giant hot tubs and 2 ice cold barrels plus a pool for serious swimmers. There is a curly wurly slide and in each of the two outside kids' pools there are smaller fun slides. Great fun!

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