Things to do in Selfoss

Our most recommended things to do in Selfoss

Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel: Underground Expedition

1. Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel: Underground Expedition

Begin the experience at Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel and explore one of the longest and best-known lave tubes in Iceland. As the tunnel is a work of nature, the terrain can be quite rough and hard to maneuver. Follow the route of the footbridge with your guide as they explain the geological formations. Marvel at the ever-changing colors, landscape and geological formations. Hear entertaining tales of Hollywood adventures, its ties with the ancient Indian tribes and other enjoyable tidbits. Enjoy approximately 1 hour of pure adventure.

Silfra: Fissure Snorkeling Tour with Underwater Photos

2. Silfra: Fissure Snorkeling Tour with Underwater Photos

Snorkel at a site that National Geographic called one of the top dive sites in the world with this tour of the Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park. Stay warm as you explore this magical underwater glacial world with a high-quality dry suit. Swim through pure, filtered glacial meltwater. Keep your eyes peeled for local plant species and marine life like the dwarf char. Explore the valley where the tectonic plates of North America and Europe drift further apart every year, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park.

From Reykjavik: Northern Lights Guided Tour with Photo Shoot

3. From Reykjavik: Northern Lights Guided Tour with Photo Shoot

Hunt for the aurora borealis on a guided group tour from Reykjavik. Witness the unique starry sky with the flash of light cutting across the Icelandic landscape. Curl up in warm blankets with hot chocolate and snacks. The journey will go outside of the city limits away from any light pollution as the northern lights are harder to see from Reykjavík. The end location is not pre-determined as it will depend on the cloud coverage and activity in the evening. The drive will be kept as short as possible and you might stop at several locations as the lights can be quite elusive. It is often a waiting game for this beautiful phenomenon, but it is always worth it. As you search for the aurora borealis, your guide will set up their camera for a free photo shoot of your group. Round off your night with a hot drink while stargazing in good company.

Hellisheiði Geothermal Plant: Exhibition with Audio Tour

4. Hellisheiði Geothermal Plant: Exhibition with Audio Tour

Discover how Iceland produces green, sustainable energy at the Hellisheiði Geothermal Energy Exhibition in Selfoss. This self-guided tour will allow you to see the front lines of Iceland‘s work toward environmental sustainability and the history of geothermal energy in the country. Your experience begins at the Hellisheiði Power Plant, located roughly 20 minutes outside of Reykjavík. The power plant is located beneath Mount Hengill and is surrounded by lava fields, moss, and scenic mountain landscapes. Start your self-guided tour by making your way through the interactive exhibition with commentary from your informative audio guide. Experience first-hand how green, sustainable energy is produced at the largest single-site geothermal power plant in the world. Included in your tour is a stop in the Carbfix room, where you will learn about the plant‘s partnership with Carbfix. Carbfix is one of the leading solutions for the climate crisis and global warming. Throughout your visit, take advantage of the viewing platforms inside the exhibition that let you get an even better look at the beautiful Icelandic nature. You are also welcome to ask the on-site staff any questions you might have during your tour.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Geothermal Energy Tour

5. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Geothermal Energy Tour

Develop an understanding of the Icelandic way of life and sustainable living on this guided tour. See some of the country's most iconic sights as you visit highlights of the Golden Circle, a route that loops from Reykjavik through the countryside as well as places related to green living.The tour will begin by heading from Reykjavik to Hellisheiðarvirkjun, The Geothermal Energy Exhibition. This exhibition is located at the Hellisheiði geothermal power plant where visitors can learn about how Icelanders have been using geothermal energy for hundreds of years.The next stop is at Ljósafossvirkjun, a hydro-based power plant. This is a perfect spot for photos of water running down with tremendous force.Then you'll be heading down to Sólheimar Eco Village where you'll be getting a very insightful lecture about sustainable development in Iceland. Afterward, you'll have some time to walk around the area as well as visit a greenhouse.After spending the first part of a day learning and understanding Icelandic sustainable living we'll be heading towards the most iconic Golden Circle's "must-sees" - visiting the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall. Check out the geyser Strokkur located in the Geysir area, with shoots of boiling water rising between 66 to 131 feet high. Last but not least, pay a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the home of the first Icelandic parliament.

Selfoss: Golden Circle Small Group Rafting Tour

6. Selfoss: Golden Circle Small Group Rafting Tour

Discover a mix of serene canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids on this group rafting tour in the Golden Circle from Selfoss. Enjoy the natural wonder of Gullfoss waterfall and Brúarhlöð canyon on this 7 kilometer route. See views that you can only get by boat. Stay warm with a wetsuit and safe with a life-jacket. Navigate the water with trained guides that can cater to all levels of rafting expertise, so no previous rafting experience is required. Try an exhilarating cliff dive into the river. Bask in epic views of the Icelandic wilderness before warming up in a Finnish sauna and hot tub. Choose to order a cold beverage, or grab a bite to eat at the River restaurant after working up an appetite paddling.

From Reykjavik: Vestmannaeyjar Private Tour

7. From Reykjavik: Vestmannaeyjar Private Tour

Journey to Vestmannaeyjar, just of the south coast of Iceland and discover thebeauty of landscapes sculpted by volcanic activity on this private tour with hotel pickup in Laugarvatn. Start early, so you have time to s enjoy the islands and their wildlife and epic landscapes. Board a ferry from the harbor Landeyjahöfn and take in the sea views. Try to spot some puffins, which are plentiful in the summer. Go to a museum in a town on the island of Heimaey that was partially buried by a eruption in 1973. Take a few scenic hikes through the landscapes and go to see the beautiful work done at the Beluga Whale Sanctuary.

Iceland: Complete Island Self-Guided Audioguide

8. Iceland: Complete Island Self-Guided Audioguide

With the Iceland complete audio guide, you get all the information that a tour guide would otherwise give you. Using GPS, the app recognizes where you are on your round trip and provides you with exciting information in the right places. So nothing stands in the way of your individual rental car tour. Your digital Iceland travel guide for the whole island of fire and ice! This audio guide offers more than 340 stations (7.5 hours of playing time) worth knowing about the country, people, and sights in all parts of the country. It includes not only the Ring Road and the Golden Circle but also the Reykjanes and Snaefellsnes Peninsulas, the Westman Islands, the East and West Fjords, and the wild Icelandic Highlands.

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What people are saying about Selfoss

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,505 reviews

Habíamos leído comentarios de gente que dice que la pasa mal porque siente frio y que es solo para hacerlo una vez. Yo soy una persona que si no hay agua caliente para bañarme NO me baño y debo decir que con los dos trajes que le ponen a uno NO se siente nada de frio. Tal vez lo unico incomodo es la mascara para la cara, pero uno tiene que escoger, o congelarse la cara o estar un poco apretado y obviamente tener la cara apretada va a ganar. Excelentes guias, dando indicaciones y consejos. Paisaje increible debajo del agua transparente de glaciar. Lo repetiría, SIN DUDA QUE SI

Super well organized, and amazing! Our guide Jorge explained everything and was incredibly helpful! The water was so clear and it was just so cool to see the rock formations under the surface! I am not a great swimmer, plus I have a bit on anxiety, and I thought it was incredible! I would definitely recommend to everyone that they do this at least once!

It was an incredible experience and something I'd never done before. We were given a full brief of what the experience would consist of, advised what to expect from the cold water and helped into our drysuits. We then walked down to the water and got in slowly and told how to swim. Swimming through Silfra was like being in another world.

It was an otherworldly experience as the views unveiling underwater are breathtaking. James our guide made sure everything went smoothly, explained everything in detail and we learned a lot about the surrounding area, the park and the lake. 10/10 would recommend!

First time snorkeling, Our guide Kevin was very helpful and knowledgeable. He made the snorkeling trip fun!