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I had found this on the internet well before our trip. There is a lot of history in this church and location. We saw the monuments and the church itself, however like many in Iceland it was locked to ... more »
The church is not an impressive cathedral my any means, but a typical costal Nordic and Icelandic church by the sea. The view is impressive, and the vastness of the ocean and what is has meant and mea... more »
Gorgeous little church, beautifully set, just behind the ocean. Makes for very scenic pictures! Note: not always open during the winter months, and although you can make an appointment, check before y... more »
The story relates that during one night when a group of sailors tried to navigate back to Iceland in a storm. The southern coast of Iceland is notorious for its hidden reefs and rough coast. The distressed sailors prayed to God for a safe return and vowed to build a church wherever they landed. When they ended their prayer an angel, seemingly made of light, appeared before their bow. The angel guided them through the rough surfs and led them into a bay for safe landing. The sailors kept their promise and built a wooden church at the site and named it Strandarkirkja.
Church is small and well-preserved, the interior was impeccable there are working bathrooms there and parking is close by. The con is that the church is well off the beaten path and there is nothing close by to justify the drive. There is a small Food Shack at the entrance off the main road across from the RV Park
Great history - see wiki. Genious loci...
Beautiful older church. Great history (see wiki). You cannot walk through the cemetery. There are water closets under the statue.
Great stop when driving from Grindavik to Selfoss. Saw this church while a storm was passing over the sea in front of it. Quite the sight. Church is open for visitors and donations are accepted for walking around in the beautiful structure. Would recommend a stop if driving past!
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