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Thingeyrar, Iceland
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Þingeyrarkirkja Northwest  Iceland
Horsing around  Northwest  Iceland
Þingeyrarkirkja Northwest  Iceland
Horsing around  Northwest  Iceland


The church at Þingeyrar gives it a grand look and it is now the only visible reminder of the ancient dignity of the place. The congressman Ásgeir Einarsson had the church built. Prior to this there was an old turf church the site. Ásgeir decided to build the church with stone, but suitable material was not available in the vicinity so in the winter 1864 - 1865 Ásgeir had stone moved from Nesbjörg to the church site. The stone was taken by sled over the ice-covered lake Hóp, an 8 km long journey. A Stonemason by the name of Sverrir Runólfsson built the church walls. Each stone in the walls was put in stowage or tied down and also glued with chalk, therefore the stones have not moved to this day. Ásgeir and Sverrir arranged most of the plans for the church and its building took 13 years. On The 9th of September 1877 the Reverend Eiríkur Briem from Steinnes consecrated the church. Objects from the old church were moved to the new one. The church has many valuable objects. The oldest of these is an altarpiece made of alabaster probably from the 13th century. The pulpit is probably of Dutch origin and from the year 1696. The pulpit was a gift from Lárus Gottrúp lawyer, who resided at Þingeyrar monastery from 1683 - 1721. He also gave a bounteous silver baptismal font with the date 1663 and the date 1697. The church also owns a silver chalice and an alter linen with the date 1763. Between the church and the old church site is an oval shaped garden called Lögrétta.

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AFAR Local Expert
about 7 years ago

Horsing around

I found Icelandic horses to be extremely beautiful and quite tame, allot of times coming to you if you got closer to their enclosures. There was however a heard, on the way to Þingeyrar that was roaming free and they crossed the road before us. All of them except for this one. This guy did not want to move, he just sat there making faces, getting closer, making faces, getting closer. Now, I am not a horse person so I had no clue what that meant, I was kinda scared but also intrigued and brave enough to stay out of the car and take pictures of him making these goofy faces. He was a very handsome fella though.