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Address: 560, Varmahlid, Varmahlid, Iceland
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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One of the most beautiful turf building in Iceland

In Skagafjörður North Iceland you will find beautiful turf church. It is recorded in the earlier church annals that here was a church in 1318, the church has probably been in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In Skagafjörður North Iceland you will find beautiful turf church. It is recorded in the earlier church annals that here was a church in 1318, the church has probably been in Viðimýri from Christian in the year 1000. Víðimýri, where the Church has played an important role in tribal disputes in the 13th century and is partly told events in... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is definitely an interesting historical site, but there was just the one building and not much to see here. I found the nearby Glaumbaer Museum more interesting.

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South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Very small turf church with small cemetery. Excellent guide inside to tell you about the details of the settlement and the church inside with the different designated seating arrangements for the attendees and the wood carvings and even an organ. Still used today. Don't think it's open for tourists except in summer months but need to check on this.

Thank SCTraveller42
Estes Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

Wish I could have gone inside but loved seeing it! They early Icelanders were so clever to use what they had available and still create such lovely buildings!

Thank epltr
Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

Charming tiny church well preserved with sod elements. It gives a sense of the place of spiritual community for hundreds of years. The setting is spectacular. The sensation is peace. If you can go inside and imagine being at a Sunday service on a cold snowy Sunday morning with only candles among the hand carved posts etc it can take... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

The architecture and construction of this sod roofed church in a bucolic setting is worth the trip but that's only the beginning. The real adventure lay in the stories behind the various settings in the church- the low bench for the disgraced women; the seating arrangements to prevent men from seeing female décolletage; the rows where the poor sat for... More 

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

The lovely small church, surrounded by a small graveyard, deserves a short stop as it is one of the few churches of this kind in Iceland. When we visited it was closed and there was no one around, so we only took pictures of the exterior

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Carrara, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Cool old church... Really small but fantastic. The problem is that, as everywhere here in Iceland, they ask a ticket.. For a church... And the problem is that the ticket is too high cause to visit it just need 5 minutes and no more. Anyway... If you are on the way...

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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

Víðimýrarkirkja (not Vioimyrarkirkja) is a turf-roofed church built in 1834. The last supper altar piece is Danish in origin and dated 1616 AD. It is a fine example of a traditional Icelandic church and is under the auspices of the National Museum of Iceland which holds many of the church's historical pieces. Admission is inexpensive. Worth a stop in northern... More 

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Aarhus, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful church with interesting history which we got to know from a local custodian. We visiting it on a rainy day while there were no people in the church, just my boyfriend and I. Altor is 400 years old which arrived from Denmark, which had a painting of Moses with horns on it. The last supper painting asks even more... More 

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