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Selfoss is the next town after Hveragerði if you drive along the ring-road 1. It is bigger than Hveragerði with ca 6.437 inhabitants and a hospital, swimming pool, hotels, lots of shops, supermarkets, horse farms, a cinema and a lot of activites.
Selfoss is sometimes referred to as "Bílabærinn" or the Car town, as there are 3 car-dealerships here. We used to come here a lot from Reykjavík when we were looking for a car to buy.
The meaning of the name is Seal-waterfall as there used to be lot of seals in the river by which Selfoss stands, Ölfusá river. I know this name is confusing and I have been asked where the waterfall is, but there is no waterfall here. There is a waterfall thought named Selfoss in Jökulsárgljúfur canyon in North-Iceland next to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.
Ölfusá river is a glacial river and thus white in colour. It is a dangerous river as it is the most voluminous river in Iceland and very deep by Selfoss. Several people have drowned here - and have drowned themselves here. But as you can see from my first photo the river turns into almost a calm like lake before it reaches the ocean. The current bridge, Ölfusárbrú, is from 1945, but there have been talks on moving the road to another place further up the river and make a new bridge.
As Selfoss is so close to Mt. Ingólfsfjall where the tectonic plates meet it gets hit very hard when there are earthquakes here (last one in 2008).
If you take the first turn left before driving on the bridge leading to Selfoss that road (nr. 35) will take you to Kerið, Skálholt cathedral Gullfoss and Geysir. A right turn in Selfoss just after the bridge (road 34) will take you to Stokkseyri, Eyrarbakki and Þorlákshöfn. So you see that there are many small towns here of which Selfoss is the biggest. But they have merged and are now called Árborg.
Directions: By ring road 1 just a few km away from Hveragerði town 57 km away from Reykjavík.
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