Akureyrarkirkja, Akureyri

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Akureyrarkirkja or The Church of Akureyri is a prominent Lutheran church in Akureyri, northern Iceland. Located in the centre of the city, and towering above the city on a hill, it was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, and completed in 1940.Akureyrarkirkja contains a notably large 3200-pipe organ, a unique interpretation of the crucifixion and a suspended ship hanging from the ceiling which reflects an old Nordic tradition of giving offerings for the protection of loved ones at sea. The opaque central window in the chancel once belonged to Coventry Cathedral in England.
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  • As I said with the Reykjavik, churches are not the Icelandic strong, if compared to the of the continent. Even so should recognize that they have developed a style peculiar, typical of them. This in particular is at the top of a hill and is accessed via a long staircase that helps give it a view given below. Once is not up to much.
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  • Bad ever and also in the urban context, both the exterior and the Interior. The only plus point is that it makes recognizable Akureyri from afar.
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  • and find themselves facing a construction of 1929, a little austere, but superb organ, more than three miles of pipes, during our visit, a s baptism is prepared and the Church would close, but the pastor opened the door with a smile
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  • Realy interesting church. It´s a nice view from the hill so make sure to go there. You can´t miss it.
  • You need to climb up some stairs to get to this church. Don't forget to look up at the bottom of the stairs and admire the church. And don't forget to look at the view on Akureyri and the fjord when you are at the top of the stairs, it is wonderful. It is a small church, but a really nice one with lovely windows and such.
  • You can drive up and park next to the church. We didn't know, parked at the bottom of the stairs and gotten the parking card from the Kea hotel next to the church. The church looks grand from the bottom of the staircase. Small church, interesting architecture. It was not open when we were there. Short climb up allow you to see the surrounding area of Akureyri.
  • Beautiful church inside and doubly-so on the outside, with views across Akureyri that are tough to rival without being on the other side of the fjord.
  • Beautiful church with great views and fab walks

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Where to stay in Akureyri

For easy access to Akureyri's most popular attractions, restaurants, and stores, consider staying in the lively waterfront area. This area features a number of hotels and hostels within walking distance of the city's museums, galleries, and sites. Cost-conscious visitors should explore one of the more inland guesthouses. Some double as student housing but are generally not raucous. Vacation apartments provide a good base for those planning a longer stay in the northerly metropolis and many are centrally located. To make the most of the scenic countryside surrounding the city, opt for a campsite or cottage in the outskirts.
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