In the glacier’s shadow. Built in 1903, the church on the ancient farm Ingjaldshóll is the oldest concrete church in Iceland. Christopher Columbus is said to have spent time in this area absorbing lessons from the experienced Viking seafarers before embarking on his voyage to the Americas. The farm lies in the shadow of the […]
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Isolation. The church at Narfeyri on Iceland‘s Snæfellsnes peninsula dates back to 1563; the current structure was built in 1888. Here lived the farmer and mathematician Vilhjálmur Ögmundsson (1897-1965). Across the fjord is the colourful rhyolite mountain Drápuhlíðarfjall.
Volcanic crater. The 4000 years old scoria crater Gráakúla (“Grey Bump”) lies at the edge of the Berserkjahraun lava field on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland. Pronunciation tip: Grá is like the ‘grow’ in ‘growl.’ And so, Grá-a-kúla = grow-aa-cool-aa. Berserkjahraun takes after the Berserkers (whence the phrase “to go berserk”). You may read the […]