Strandarkirkja, Thorlakshofn

4.6
#3 of 14 in Historic Sites in South Region
Strandarkirkja is located in Thorlakshofn. Our Thorlakshofn trip maker site makes visiting Strandarkirkja and other Thorlakshofn attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Create an itinerary including Strandarkirkja
map
Strandarkirkja Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
32 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • Nice little church with a story. And a place to spot birds or seals and whales in the sea (we spotted one, spraying water...got lucky). If you're not in the direct neighbourhood it's not worth the tri...  more »
  • We stopped to see this small church on our visit to the Reykjanes Peninsula on our way to the Blue Lagoon. The church sits on a small hill overlooking the sea. It is beautiful in its simplicity. We we...  more »
  • Visit to the Church can be of Reykjavík well with the tour to Vik, waterfalls, glaciers and beaches. The wooden church was built in the 12th century and goes back to the shipwreck of seafarers. These Sailors prayed in a stormy night a safe return to the rugged coast of Iceland with a promise to build a church happy outcome of the adventure at the landing site. They called it Strandarkirkja, the beach fishing BB´s bay. Now some wonder around the town have grown up, many Icelanders worldwide donate money connected with the hope that their wishes will come true.
    View original
Google
  • 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!

Plan your trip to Thorlakshofn

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Thorlakshofn

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor