Iceland: Beautiful Historic Churches on Reykjanes Peninsula
September 18, 2016 Leave a comment
There are several historic churches you can visit on the scenic Reykjanes Peninsula (home of Keflavik International Airport and the Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, Iceland). Each church is unique and has a beautiful simplicity and history of its own. “Kirkja” at the end of a word means “church” in Icelandic.
Kalfatjarnarkirkja Church is Iceland’s largest rural church and is picture-postcard perfect. Utskalakirkja Church sits by the sea and is near the twin Gardskagaviti lighthouses. Many shipwrecks occurred in the area, so its cemetery contains gravestones dedicated to mariners and fishermen. Earthen walls marked property boundaries there in the past, so the town’s name is Gardur (which means garden or earth). Beautiful Hvalneskirkja Church was built with locally collected lava rock (outside) and salvaged driftwood (inside). It sits near the bright orange Stafnes Lighthouse. Kirkjuvogskirkja Church is one of three Icelandic churches painted black. Next to it is an anchor from an 1881 shipwreck of the American schooner Jamestown. The wood and cargo of lumber salvaged from the abandoned “ghost ship” were of great value to this treeless community. An interesting article about the fate of the ship is at: http://www.leoemm.com/jamestown_english.htm. More info about the interesting sights that can be seen on a day trip from Reykjavik to the Reykjanes Peninsula is at: http://www.visitreykjanes.is. All of our posts about Icelandic churches are at: https://naturetime.wordpress.com/?s=iceland+church