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Akureyrarkirkja, Akureyri

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
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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  • Didn't get to go in but enjoyed the flowers outside and the stairs allowed us to get different views of the church for our photos! 
  • The Akureyrarkirkja is enthroned as a modern landmark of the city and is a popular spot for photographers. So, it's definitely worthwhile to climb the stairs to the church up. Inside, the Church offers little but spectacular, which is also fine, because after all it's a worship space.
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  • We were able to hear a Norwegian choir perform in the church. The harmony was outstanding enhanced by the acoustics. The church is quite plain but the organ is beautiful. 
  • As a landmark in town, this Lutheran Church is worth looking into. A lot of history is in the stained glass in the windows and a beautiful christianing font is both worth visiting the Church. Don't forget to count the stairs leading up to it, referred to as the Church Steps, by the locals. If you get to hear the Church choir sing too, that is a pure bonus!
  • Impressive geometric church
  • Very cool view from the church.
  • Beautiful building with a great view of the city
  • A must see in Akureyri!
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