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Grafarkirkja - the Chapel at Gröf - is the oldest turf chapel in Iceland. The current chapel dates back to the 17th century. It is only 6.25 meters long and 3.20 meters wide and is the only church in Iceland with a circular graveyard.
You can see the church from the road, there is a parking lot and an information sign. And a path leading to the church, maybe a 5-7 minutes' walk.
There is a big key by the church and there is no entrance fee even though the Chapel at Gröf belongs to the National Museum now. I think there is a box though in which you can put donations.
But take care as the church is very small, I bumped my head on the beam inside the church. People in the olden days were much smaller than we are now. The wooden roof trims on the church itself has got beautiful baroque carvings made by Guđmundur Guđmundsson, who was well-known for his beautiful artefacts.
It is lovely visiting such an old church and to me this church/chapel is a jewel in the landscape. If you have a look at my last photo you will see a mountain behind the church which complements the church - or the church complements the mountain - it is just perfect and one of my favourite photos :)
It is hard to believe when visiting this beautiful little church now that it was deconsecrated in 1775 and used as a storeroom by the farmers at Gröf. It was only almost 2 centuries later that it as reconsecrated and repaired by the National Museum in 1953.
On the farm Gröf by the church our beloved poem and hymnist Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614-1674) was born, but was raised at Hólar in Hjaltadalur.
Directions: On road 76 on your right hand side before you arrive in the town of Hofsós.
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