Thursday, May 31, 2018

ICELAND: Iconic Turf Church - Hofskirkja

As we made our way across south east Iceland, we had a few places in mind where we had to stop. One of which was Hofskirkja, a beautiful, iconic, turf-church. Of the six turf churches located in Iceland, Hofskirkja is the newest (originially built in the 1880s, then rebuilt in the 1950s). The church grounds are covered in grassy mounds, which are graves. Many of the graves have crosses or small gardens growing upon them. This is by far one of the most beautifully natural gravesites we have seen.

All of Iceland looks like an illustration from a classic fairytale, and this location is no different. While the inside of the church is closed to the public in order to preserve it, we found that the beautiful exterior was more than worthy of a stop along our travels.

This is part of a series of posts about our trip to Iceland.

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  1. What a beautiful place! I've never heard of "turf churches" but this looks so cool!

    1. It really is so magical! I hadn't either, but then I became obsessed!