Some 15km east of Hveragerði, the Ringroad passes the junction of Route 35 north towards the Geysir–Gullfoss area, before crossing a suspension bridge over the fast-flowing Öfulsá and running into the bustling town of SELFOSS. Caught between the looming bulk of Ingólfsfjall to the north and flat grasslands running to the horizon in all other directions, the town has been the centre of Iceland’s dairy industry since the 1930s, and now has a population of around four thousand. There are no specific attractions here, but the town’s crossroads position means that you’ll almost certainly pass through on your way around Iceland. Selfoss is laid out along a 1500m-long stretch of the Ringroad, which runs east–west through town as Austurvegur.
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At the time of writing Hekla was closed to hikers because of a worries over potential eruption. Usually, the return hike to the top takes around eight hours, involving rough gravel terrain with snow higher up; you need to contact Ferðafélag Íslands, the Icelandic Hiking Association for advice about current routes and conditions. Alternatively, Arctic Adventures lead day-hikes to the summit.