Do you want to hold on to tradition and get married in a church followed by landscape wedding photos in the wonders of Iceland? Did you know that Iceland has 378 churches, chapels and prayer houses located all over the country. The oldest church was built the year 1680! In 1950 the National Museum of Iceland had it rebuilt to its original state. Grafarkirkja the oldest turf church is located on the north side of Iceland in a small town called Hofsós.
Although Grafarkirkja is the 1st built church in Iceland it is said that Strandarkirkja, a Lutheran church located on the southern coast was originally founded in the 12th century. The story goes, that Icelandic sailors who were lost at sea vowed to built a church wherever they docked if they would make it safely to shore. Strandarkirkja is located close to Engilsvík (translating to Angel’s Bay). The church that now stands was built in 1888 and restructured in 1968 and again in 1996.
It is believed by locals that the church holds healing powers, making it one of Iceland’s richest and most well kept churches up to date. Locals and tourist a like believe if they make a donation to the church their loved ones will be healed. Who doesn’t want to have an Iceland Wedding or an Iceland Elopement in the famous “Miracle Church”?
The “Black Church” located in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula has in recent years become quite the Iceland Wedding Attraction, but did you know that Iceland has another black church located on a small island named Papey?
On the East Coast, right off the shore of Djúpivogur, is the island Papey. It was said that in the early settlement era the island was inhabited by Irish/Scottish monks called Papar. Although there is no real evidence of them ever being there. The island only has 3 buildings. A residential building, a lighthouse and a black church. How romantic would it be to take a private boat ride to the island and have an Iceland Elopement?
Another black church, Saurbæjarkirkja, is located in remote Westfjords. Who knew Iceland had so many black churches?
Do you want to have the best of both worlds and get married in a countryside church and still bring all of your loved ones? Then Hlíðarendakirkja is the church for you. The hillside church can hold up to 180 guests. Hlíðarendakirkja can be found on the South Coast near the town of Hvolsvöllur.
Other iconic Iceland Wedding Churches are Bláa kirkjan (The Blue Church) located on the East coast in a town named Seyðisfjörður. Known for its pastel blue exterior.
Our blog wouldn’t be complete if we did not include the church that has made it to numerous architectural lists, blogs and magazines. You know the one we are talking about! Hallgrímskirkja can be found in the heart of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík!
Do you want to have an Iceland Wedding or Iceland Elopement in one of our 378 churches? HERE you can find inspiration from Rob and Dom’s Iceland Elopement in the lakeside church Úlfljótskirkja not too far from Iceland’s capital Reykjavík.
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