Selfoss is the largest town in southern Iceland and is the entire region's service and trade center, with a population is 6500 people. Selfoss is located on the banks of the River ölfusá an hour's drive from Reykjavik.
The bridge that was built over the river that flows near the city was for many years known as Iceland's largest artificial structure. Construction of the bridge allowed easy access between Selfoss, which belongs to the Árborg district in South Iceland, and the capital Reykjavik, which greatly contributed to the development of the city and the entire region.
In 1930 Selfoss was significantly strengthened when a dairy was built there, providing an economic anchor for the local residents. Even today, whilst travelling along Selfoss's main high street on Route 1, the dairy's modern structure can be seen.
Selfoss is a great place to take daily excursions from and there are many attractions close by. Salmon fishing is popular along the ölfusá River, not far from the bridge on the outskirts of the town.
Selfoss has all the necessary tourist services including a tourist information center, hotel, restaurants and a fantastic bakery. Due to the fact that Route 1 crosses the town, it is easily accessible and many people visit here throughout the year. The distance from Reykjavik is 57 km.
Hekla Volcano with its white dome majestically dominates the view. Although it provides a tranquil and picturesque view, don't let it fool you… this is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, otherwise known as the "Gateway to Hell".
The renowned and popular Golden Circle tour, passes by Selfoss and guests can enjoy resting in one of the town's many cafes.