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The magnificent and magnetizing Selfoss is one of Iceland’s oldest settlements, and after thousand years of development, it buzzes with more life and more culture than ever before. Wonderful animal-life in the surrounding nature combined with the tranquillity of the flourishing plains that harness the raw energy of Ölfusá. Combining this serenity with the shelter and protection of the great mountain Ingólfsfjall create a stunning town which leaves you with a nourished mind, body and soul.
Through Selfoss runs Iceland’s most massive river Ölfusá. This river is engulfed in raw power as it is a mixture of two mighty rivers, Hvítá and Sogið, coming together both forcefully and gracefully. One is composed of muggy glacier water and another of pure spring water. With the largest body of water in Iceland, the river runs through Selfoss with mesmerizing power. Its depth is up to 10meters(30feet), and its forces tend to swallow everything that may accidentally slip into it and, in many cases, never spit it out. This merger of the raw and refined creates this dynamic river that has touched every Icelander as the stories surrounding it are vast, deadly, and epic.
When you visit the charismatic town, you won’t miss the giant Ingólfsfjall (Ingolfs-Mountain) that overlooks the beautiful plains surrounding Selfoss. This famous mountain is named after Iceland’s most prominent settler, and according to many scriptures, he was the first permanent settler of Iceland. Again, when you visit, make sure you are told some of the stories that will forever echo around the mountain.
The town has a newly renovated geothermal bathing resort which includes swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam baths. The hot water you’ll enjoy comes from deep underground and is boiling, but don’t worry. The hot tubs are adjusted to perfect relaxing temperatures. Something you can’t miss when enjoying this wonderful town.
Food & Dining
When it comes to food and dining, Selfoss is a paradise. A vast collection of exciting restaurants and menus cater to everyone as the build-up in Selfoss for recent years has been phenomenal. Selfoss is growing by the minute, and both rooted inhabitants and its newcomers have not relaxed when offering new and exciting things to the town. You can choose from enjoying the original Icelandic cuisine or you can choose from incredibly many varieties, Korean, Middle Eastern, Thai, American, Italian, and so many others. Try the brand-new food hall which is in fact an old cow farm that has been renovated in such a style that pictures are being taken of it every hour since. And if you like beer, you are in for a treat, check out all the micro-brews on draft and never stop smiling.
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There is so much to experience, so much to learn, so much storytelling to listen to in regard to Selfoss. It is a town that is as old as the oldest rocks, a buzzing beehive of meaningful activity and is Iceland’s epicenter of the South. Whether you like culture, food, saga, or simply the beauty of nature, make sure to put Selfoss on your list of visits. And if you want to try to catch fish in the mightiest rivers of them all, be aware that its fish are not small and could drag you down into its cold depths. The largest salmon caught in it was only about 40 pounds!
Now giddy up and get yourself to Selfoss! We are waiting for you!