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Selfosskirkja, built 1952-56 on the bank of the river Ölfusá. During 1978-84 it was expanded with a tower and congregation center. The tiny white and red house on a mound on the brink contains monitoring equipment for the water level; you'll find these houses on many river banks. Ölfusá is Island's largest river, formed by Hvítá (essentially from Langjökull, through Gullfoss) and Sog (from Þingvallavatn). Selfoss is a town with 6000 inhabitants. The name Sel-foss means 'seal-waterfall'. In the rapids further down the river seals often appear.
(2010-06-01)

Iceland