For the most part, we stayed in remote towns in Iceland to be closer to the waterfalls and other natural landmarks, but that meant we had to give up some of the comforts of what a city could offer.
When we arrived in Hotel Selfoss, we found that it was the perfect middle ground. It was small enough to feel like you’re not too far from nature but big enough to also have restaurants and a grocery store to stock up on food.
They didn’t have a shelf or shower caddy, so we used our gotoobs! First time having to stick them on the wall. Pretty convenient, yeah?
We stayed up late to shoot the stars and Northern Lights, which meant we usually woke up late too. We’re always at the tail end of breakfast.. but heyyy we get the whole room to ourselves!
View of Ölfusá river + mountains from our window (Seriously? This is AMAZING!):
We stayed in one of the superior rooms, which gave us a lot of space to spread out. Jacob knows I like my personal space! haha
800 Selfoss. Iceland
Phone: 480 2500
PRO TIPS FOR YOUR STAY AT HOTEL SELFOSS:
- Food in Iceland is expensive so take advantage of the free breakfasts at the hotel.
- The internet is kind of spotty (which they admitted when we checked in), so don’t expect to rely on it. It works a lot better in the mornings when everyone isn’t trying to get on it as well.
- If you want the same view as us, stay on the northern facing side of the hotel!
- We had dinner at Tryggvaskali (across the street), which ended up being one of the best meals we had in Iceland.
- We used this hotel as our home base during our Snorkeling Silfra day and as a way to break up a long drive from Vik to Akranes.
- 15 mins to Kerið Crater Lake
- 45 mins to Snorkeling or Diving Silfra at Þingvellir National Park
- 45 mins to Reykjavik
- 55 mins to Geysir
- 1 hr to Gullfoss
Let’s say you can’t find a middle ground. If you had to choose between nature / roughing it and city hotel with full amenities, which one would you choose?