Exciting 4-Hour Express Tour of the Olfus Region from Selfoss

The Olfus Express tour ends with a ride down the shoreline.
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Selfoss, Iceland
4 hours
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2 years old


Make the most of your visit to Iceland by seeing the wonders of the Olfus region. This exciting four-hour Olfus tour takes you through one of Iceland’s most interesting municipalities, filled with incredible landscapes, wetlands, and lava fields. 

The quick but satisfying adventure begins when you’re picked up in Selfoss. From here, an experienced tour guide will give you a brief history of Olfus and the stories behind the marvelous sights you’ll see.

Olfus is located around 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. It’s known for its small settlements and otherwise untouched nature waiting to be appreciated.

This express tour of Olfus will take you around the region to witness some of the finest landscapes in Iceland. The excitement begins as you drive through Olfus’ breathtaking sceneries.

You’ll pass by uneven paths and cross some rivers and streams along the way. The experienced guide will also take you uphill for majestic views from up high.

One of the main places you will see is Hellisheidi, Iceland’s biggest geothermal power station. Hellisheidi is about 16.77 miles (27 kilometers) away from Olfus. Interestingly, Hellisheidi is also the world’s eighth-largest geothermal power plant, boasting a generation capacity of 303MW.

Another notable destination is the town of Hveragerdi. Called by many “the Earthquake Town” or “the Hot Spring Town,” Hveragerdi is home to active geological and geothermal forces.

Located about 28 miles (45 kilometers) from Reykjavik, Hveragerdi is no stranger to earthquakes. Because of this, you will find the Quake 2008 exhibit that aims to educate guests about the impact of the powerful earthquake that struck Hveragerdi in 2008.

Also located in the area is the Hveragerdi hot spring river trail, a popular hiking trail that leads to a geothermal river. Additionally, Hveragerdi is called the “flower village” because of the presence of many greenhouses.

Right in the heart of the town is a geothermal park offering guided walks to visitors. Here, you can learn about the area’s history and the impact of geology on the town and its residents.

Aside from Hveragerdi, you may also visit other neighboring towns. These include Thorlakshofn and Arbaejarhverf. Notably, Thorlakshofn is Olfus’ largest fishing village and is home to a black sand beach. 

After experiencing what the towns offer, the tour will take you to Olfus’ lava fields. The great thing about these lava fields is that they have unique characteristics.

Each lava field has its own color, shape, and size. You can even compare one to the other and see them contrasting in different ways. The tour ends with a ride down the shoreline and back to the initial pick-up point.

Don’t miss this quick but immersive experience of discovering one of the most exciting places in Iceland. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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What to bring

Waterproof jacket and pants
Warm clothes like gloves, scarf, winter hat, and warm socks

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