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Selárdalur pool and Selárfoss

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About 7km north of Vopnafjörður on Route 85, a good side road (signed “Selárdalslaug”) leads 3km southwest through the Selár valley down to the salmon-rich Selá river, where a small swimming pool by the water, complete with basic changing rooms and showers, utilizes the northeast coast’s only economically viable hot spring.

Just upstream from the pool is a monumental new salmon-fishing lodge – the Selá is one of the most expensive fishing rivers in Iceland – past which 1km along a jeep track brings you to Selárfoss, a 5m-high tumble of clear, emerald green water.