Questions answered from the Iceland Church post…

©jmillerphoto - Turf Church at Víðimýri

There was quite a response to yesterday’s post.  Normally I answer things one-on-one, but given the quantity of responses and some repetition of those responses, I will go ahead and post the answers here.

Locations: All three churches are in the southern part of the country.  From west to east…  Hvalsneskirkja is located probably about 10 minutes out of the village of Sangerði and Sangerði is about 10 minutes from Keflavík International Airport.   Langholtskirkja is about 30-40 minutes west of the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.  The Sod Church at Núpsstaður is maybe 30 minutes east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Is that really grass covering the church? Yes.  Núpsstaður’s church is one of six remaining turf or sod roofed churches in Iceland, with the others being (in clockwise order from Núpsstaður) Hóf, Saurbær (near Akureyri), Gröf, Víðimýri, and Árbæjar.  I have images of 5 of the 6 with the church at the Árbæjar museum being the only one that I am missing.  The church at Núpsstaður is likely the smallest of the group.  Both the entire farm at Núpsstaður and the turf church at Víðimýri are on the “tentative list” of possible additions to the UNSECO World Heritage sites.  More information regarding the construction of these churches can be found on the UNESCO site for Víðimýri.

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~ by Jim Miller on Thursday, 4 March 2010.

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