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Strandarkirkja, Olfuss

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#5 of 13 in Historic Sites in South Region
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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  • Somewhat isolated, surrounded by moody Icelandic landscapes, freezing cold steel waves and rocks - very picturesque. We even managed to see real life wild seals bathing right next to the rocky beach.....  more
    Somewhat isolated, surrounded by moody Icelandic landscapes, freezing cold steel waves and rocks - very picturesque. We even managed to see real life wild seals bathing right next to the rocky beach.....  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
    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 »
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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.

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