Hotel Selið is a converted cowshed and offers 8 bright and modern double rooms, all with private/en-suite bathroom. An extra bed can be added in one of the rooms which is accessible for wheelchair users. Guests share a spacious living - and dining room. In an additional, connecting building there is a large room suitable for gatherings of all sorts. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms and common areas.
Breakfast is available and dinner in the evenings; soup of the day, 3-4 changeable main courses and desserts. 3-course set menu for groups of 8 people or more.
There are several horse rentals in the area. The closest town with shops, restaurants and other services is Hvolsvöllur (14 km). Another town, Hella, is a little further away (18 km). Both towns have good geothermal swimming pools. An 18-hole golf course, Strandarvöllur, is located between the two towns.
The oldest house in Iceland
Hotel Selið’s neighbouring farm is Keldur (4 km), an old turf house dating back to the Middle Ages which is still standing and consequently the oldest house in the country. Keldur is managed by the National Museum of Iceland and is open to visitors in the summer. A drive around the countryside clearly reveals the damage done by Mt. Hekla throughout the years but at the same time the remarkable soil conservation work that has been carried out during the last 80 years.
In the footsteps of Saga heroes
Hotel Selið is located in an area where important events in Njal’s Saga took place. Njal’s Saga is without doubt the best known Icelandic Saga and according to many, one of the jewels of world literature. At the Saga Centre in Hvolsvöllur there is an exhibition about Njal’s Saga with audio guides available in different languages. The centre also has maps and information about sites featured in Njal’s Saga. It is possible to book guided tours for individuals as well as small or large groups.
Green meadows, glaciers and cascading rivers
The south has much to offer its visitors. Fljótshlið, with its pleasant green hillsides and from where one can enjoy a superb view of the famous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, is only a short drive from Hotel Selið. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is 34 km away and Skógafoss Waterfall some 62 km. Off the South Coast, Vestmannaeyjar (‘the Westman Islands‘) rise out of the ocean. A day tour to the islands is possible from Landeyjahöfn harbour (45 km) and comes highly recommended.
Hosts: Írena and Jorge.