Information about Selfoss (town)

 

Selfoss is a town of about 6,512 people in South Iceland (to the southwest), by the banks of the river Olfusa, one of the largest rivers in the country. It is located around 50 km from Reykjavik. The town is a centre of commerce, farming, and small industries in South Iceland.

The area and the old bridge over the river were of great strategic importance during World War II, and the British stationed troops there to guard it.

The mountain Ingolfsfjall rises over the town and lends a distinct feature to the scene. It is popular for climbing. Earthquakes are common in the area, with a strong one occuring in 2008, causing considerable damage to some buildings and roads. At least 30 people were injured, though no lives were claimed.

Selfoss has an annual festival called 'Sumar a Selfossi' ('Summer in Selfoss) in early August. Locals decorate their gardens with coloured ribbons and a fete with musicians and magicians is held by the library, culminating with a bonfire and fireworks display in the evening.

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Attractions nearby Selfoss (town)

Ingólfsfjall

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Hveragerði

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Kerið

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Urriðafoss

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Hengladalsá

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Reykjadalur

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Hellisheiði

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Þjórsá

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Raufarhólshellir

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Ölfus

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Þorlákshöfn

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Ring Road

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The Geothermal Energy Exhibition

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Hellisheiðarvirkjun

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Sólheimar Ecovillage

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Nesjavallavirkjun

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Nesjavellir

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Golden Circle

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Tours near Selfoss (town)

South Coast - Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches

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South Coast and Glacier Hike

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Iceland Classic Circle | 10-Day Minibus Tour

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