Holidays to Selfoss

Often referred to as the 'capital of the south', the Icelandic town of Selfoss is a relatively undiscovered gem and often overlooked as a tourist destination in its own right. Just 57 kilometres away from the country's capital, this modest town is young by Icelandic standards and was born out of nothing in the early 20th century in a beautiful spot on the Olfusa River. If Iceland is on your cruising timetable, you should definitely make time for Selfoss.

Selfoss is a town of industrial commerce and has a large population, making it the largest town in southern Iceland, but it is much more than just trade and industry; it is also home to awe-inspiring churches and breath-taking mountain scenery. Unique landscapes such as lava fields and black sand beaches are close by, and southern Iceland is adorned with national parks waiting to be discovered. Selfoss is also home to a nine-hole golf course at its centre, and unique restaurants and bars for daytime lunches or after-sun partying. For those wishing to explore the more cultural aspect of Selfoss, there are plenty of museums and art galleries to visit.

The capital city of Reykjavik continues to attract travellers from all over the world; they come to marvel at the snow-topped mountains; experience the wild night life; enjoy the fantastic eateries; and delve into a city that simultaneously enjoys a certain village innocence and big-city zeal and one that treasures its Viking past. Many who have visited come back again and again to be a part of the energy that no other European city can quite match. Unstoppable creativity and unbridled enthusiasm make for some fascinating locals who will only be too happy to show you around their high-tech geothermal pools and fine museums and galleries before finally finishing up at one of the cosy cafes. The ocean laps at the town's fringe and the air is as cold and crisp as diamonds; the volcanic backdrop emanates a sense of adventure and darkened mystery. During the summer months, inhabitants can enjoy a sun-filled 22 hours of daylight, whereas the winter is the epitome of never-ending darkness; few cities offer such seasonal diversity as this.

Reykjavik is a 24-hour city desperate to be explored. The 'hot springs valley' of Laugardalur, a district of Reykjavik that lies to the east of the city centre, was once the main source of hot water supply but is now home to a steamy geothermal public pool. Harpa is the town's newly appointed heritage hub; a hybrid of concert hall and cultural centre, it has been compared in grandeur to the Sydney Opera House. The city has a plethora of museums in which to delve further into Reykjavik's history and offers a multitude of eateries serving international cuisine as well as local delicacies. Visit the ancient church buildings, browse the local markets, or indulge in white-water rafting if you prefer to push yourself to the limits in the city's treacherous yet magnificent surroundings. There really is something for everyone in this European hotbed of contrasts.


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