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Strandarkirkja, Olfuss

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  • There is something so striking about the look of simplicity on the churches in Iceland. Strandarkirkja is one of many such churches. Its got a dual shade of black and white, located just a couple of.....  more
    There is something so striking about the look of simplicity on the churches in Iceland. Strandarkirkja is one of many such churches. Its got a dual shade of black and white, located just a couple of.....  more »
  • This was one of the destinations we went to, to see the northern lights. we were unlucky in that there was a lot of cloud cover, but at least they had clean toilets available and it wasn't hard to... 
    This was one of the destinations we went to, to see the northern lights. we were unlucky in that there was a lot of cloud cover, but at least they had clean toilets available and it wasn't hard to...  more »
  • Very picturesque place with a small church, surronded by a tidy graveyard. The waves here are incredibly high and powerfull. We saw seals sunning on the rocks, which was awesome. Unpaved, but decent.....  more
    Very picturesque place with a small church, surronded by a tidy graveyard. The waves here are incredibly high and powerfull. We saw seals sunning on the rocks, which was awesome. Unpaved, but decent.....  more »
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  • History and beauty on the beach. We saw seals lounging on the rocks nearby. Spectacular views n the mini red elf houses are in the church graveyard.
  • Strandarkirkja is one of Iceland's richest churches. This is because it's considered a miracle church. People come from all over the world to take vows and bring gifts in return for a miracle. The angel slightly northwest of the church is the angel that guided the sailors to shore. These weren't just any sailors. They were Icelanders who had been working for the king in Norway. They had done such a great job that he gave them gifts, including timber to bring to Skálholt. The trip back to Iceland threatened their lives and in a desperate prayer they promised to raise a church wherever God would take them. The angel appeared and took them to the shore below the church. There is a lot of history surrounding this church and the supernatural stories still continue to this day.
  • This was an unexpected pleasure while driving the Golden Circle. We wanted to see the beach and pulled off and found the window lit up beautifully. The history and atmosphere are compelling reason enough to stop. The statue is beautiful as well.
  • Fascinating , lost alone at the end of a long dust road , near the furious ocean …. Something magical with its small old cemetery
  • Most peaceful place in Island! Beautiful and so quiet … + a seal colony in the sea rocks just in front ! Worth the detour !

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