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Churches in Iceland

Churches in Iceland

When you think of Iceland, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? The northern lights, nature, vikings, geothermal pools, hot springs, volcanoes, or glaciers might come first to mind, right? Chances are that churches in Iceland might not make your list and of coures that’s perfectly normal. But when reading a blog post from one of my favorite bloggers here in Iceland, IheartReykjavik.net, I realized that us bloggers sometimes ignore the things that we actually appreciate and focus too much on writing about more popular topics.

So, this time I decided to write about an aspect of Iceland that I enjoy particularly much, i.e. the solemn desolate sceneries all over Iceland. Churches add some drama to those scenes and that’s why I have always paid attention to them when traveling around the country. As the map at the bottom clearly shows, there are plenty of churches here in Iceland and most of them have great character. Although photos can never do the scene justice, I will let them speak for themselves.

Here are some of the most interesting churches in Iceland:

 

1. Hallgrimskirkja

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Where: Downtown Reykjavik
Built: 1986

 

2. Budakirkja

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Where: Snaefellsnes peninsula, western Iceland
Built: 1948

 

3. Hofskirkja

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Where: Near Skaftafell, southern Iceland
Built:1884

 

4. Husavikurkirkja

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Where: Husavik, northeast Iceland
Built: 1907

 

5. Unadsdalskirkja

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Where: Isafjardardjup, Westfjords
Built: 1897

 

6. Thingeyrakirkja

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Where: Thingeyri, northern Iceland
Built: 1877

 

7. Thingvallakirkja

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Where: Thingvellir, southwestern Iceland
Built: 1859

 

8. Vikurkirkja

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Where: Vik, southwestern Iceland
Built: 1934

 

9. Seydisfjarðarkirkja / Blue Church

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Where: Seydisfjordur, eastern Iceland
Built:1922

 

10. Keldnakirkja

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Where: Keldur, southwestern Iceland
Built: 1875

Looking at the photo below, it’s obvious that there are plenty of churches in Iceland and no wonder that people see many beautiful ones when traveling around Iceland. Many of our churches are located seemingly “in the middle of nowhere”, which adds to the dramatic desolate scenery. I got most of the information (including the photo below) from Kirkjukort.net, a fantastic website that covers all churches in Iceland. Hopefully it will be available in English in the future.

When traveling, what kind of scenery fascinates you? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Churches in Iceland