Ljósafoss Power Station

The Golden Circle

The 1937 Ljósafoss Power Station catches the outflow of lake Úlfljótsvatn and turns it into electricity. In 2016, an elaborate state-of-the-art multimedia exhibition called Powering the Future opened, bringing the principles of electricity, hydropower, and geothermal and renewable energy to life.

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1. Kerið

5.22 MILES

Around 15.5km north of Selfoss on Rte 35, Kerið is a 6500-year-old explosion crater with vivid red and sienna earth and containing an ethereal green lake…

2. Geothermal Park

8.43 MILES

The geothermal park Hverasvæðið, in the centre of town, has mud pots and steaming pools where visitors can dip their feet (but no more). Groups of 15 or…

3. Listasafn Árnesinga

8.62 MILES

This airy modern-art gallery puts on superb exhibitions. When it's quiet the staff are more than happy to walk guests around the gallery, offering an…

4. Hveragerði Stone & Geology Exhibition

8.77 MILES

One of Iceland's largest private collections of stones is owned by the Thor family and you can view their crystals and other geological artefacts in an…

5. Þingvallavatn


Filling much of the rift plain, Þingvallavatn is Iceland’s largest lake, at 84 sq km. Pure glacial water from Langjökull filters through bedrock for 40km…

6. Selfosskirkja

10.8 MILES

The pretty riverside church in Selfoss was built in the 1950s.

7. Bobby Fischer Center

10.87 MILES

This little museum houses the memorabilia of chess champion Bobby Fischer, who is buried 2km northeast in Laugardælirkirkja's cemetery. It is also a hang…

8. Þingvallabær

11.78 MILES

The little farmhouse in the bottom of the rift, Þingvallabær was built for the 1000th anniversary of the Alþing in 1930 by state architect Guðjón…