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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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  • This church dominates the skyline of Akureyri since port, where I arrived Monday, 24/07. Deserving the staircase adorned with flower beds clean. The Interior is obviously being the modern church was built in the early 1900s. I consider it out of architecture than the rest of Akureyri.
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  • An original church with a beautiful view of the city. We n ' saw the outside but it is worth a visit. It's a little bit the symbol of the city.
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  • Very simple architecture, some walk to climb but you can see part of the city since then. We could not visit it because it was closed at that time here.
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  • 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.
  • Clean and good services. Food in restaurant is exceptionally good.
  • Nice Church. You can go inside easily.

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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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