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

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  SaurbŠjarkirkja church.
by Regina1965
  • Saurbæjarkirkja church. - Borgarfjarðarsÿsla
      SaurbŠjarkirkja 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 SaurbŠjarkirkja.
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  • Inside Saurbæjarkirkja church. - Borgarfjarðarsÿsla
      Inside SaurbŠjarkirkja church.
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  • The graveyard by Saurbæjarkirkja. - Borgarfjarðarsÿsla
      The graveyard by SaurbŠjarkirkja.
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There are two churches in Iceland named HallgrÝmskirkja church, one is the landmark in ReykjavÝk and the other one is a smaller church in Hvalfj÷r­ur bay, also called SaurbŠjarkirkja church.

SaurbŠjarkirkja church in Hvalfj÷r­ur is dedicated to the memory of HallgrÝmur PÚtursson, who wrote our beloved PassÝusßlmar or Passiu Hymns. HallgrÝmur PÚtursson was the pastor in SaurbŠjarkirkja 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 HallgrÝmur 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 Ger­ur Helgadˇttir 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 SaurbŠjarkirkja.

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

SaurbŠjarkirkja church has been reserved since 2014 on the 400th anniversary of the birth of HallgrÝmur PÚtursson.

Directions: On road 47 in Hvalfj÷r­ur on your left hand side coming from ReykjavÝk. Opposite Glymur hˇtel and Vatnaskˇgur.

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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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