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"SaurbŠjarkirkja church in Hvalfj÷r­ur." Borgarfjarðarsÿsla Things to Do Tip by Regina1965

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  Saurbæjarkirkja church.
by Regina1965
  • Saurbæjarkirkja church. - Borgarfjarðarsÿsla
      Saurbæjarkirkja church.
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  • The lovely altarpiece. - Borgarfjarðarsÿsla
      The lovely altarpiece.
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  • The beautiful windows in Saurbæjarkirkja. - Borgarfjarðarsÿsla
      The beautiful windows in Saurbæjarkirkja.
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  • Inside Saurbæjarkirkja church. - Borgarfjarðarsÿsla
      Inside Saurbæjarkirkja church.
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  • The graveyard by Saurbæjarkirkja. - Borgarfjarðarsÿsla
      The graveyard by Saurbæjarkirkja.
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There are two churches in Iceland named Hallgrímskirkja church, one is the landmark in Reykjavík and the other one is a smaller church in Hvalfjörður bay, also called Saurbæjarkirkja church.

Saurbæjarkirkja church in Hvalfjörður is dedicated to the memory of Hallgrímur Pétursson, who wrote our beloved Passíusálmar or Passiu Hymns. Hallgrímur Pétursson was the pastor in Saurbæjarkirkja from 1651-1669.

The current church dates back to 1957 but there is a holy crucifix on the altar dating back to ca 1500. It used to be in the church of Hallgrímur in the 17th century.

This church is one of the most noteworthy churches, which were built in the postwar period in the years 1954-1957. In the nave there are beautiful stained glass windows by Gerður Helgadóttir and on the wall by the altar is a beautiful fresco by the Finnish artist Lennart Segerstrale.

The owners of Hvalur (the whalers) annually donate a large sum of money to this church. The former owner of Hvalur, Loftur Bjarnason, made a pledge on the church at the beginning of every season that if the whaling season would be profitable, the company would donate a certain amount of money to the church every autumn. The whaling seasons were profitable and the church received the money. The current owners have kept this tradition and even when the whaling stopped for a while in Iceland they always donated a certain amount of money to Saurbæjarkirkja.

I used to come here often when I was a teenager and visited Vatnaskógur camp, which belongs to YMCA and YWCA and this church is very dear to me.

Saurbæjarkirkja church has been reserved since 2014 on the 400th anniversary of the birth of Hallgrímur Pétursson.

Directions: On road 47 in Hvalfjörður on your left hand side coming from Reykjavík. Opposite Glymur hótel and Vatnaskógur.

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  • Updated Apr 17, 2015
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Oh yes, the windows look beautiful! Especially because each has a different colour "theme" :-)

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Dec 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Yes, I like the colour "theme" - love stained glass windows :)


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