Strandarkirkja Church - Hotel Rangá - Luxury Resort in South Iceland


Strandarkirkja Church

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1.15 hrs





Strandakirkja is a small wooden church located on Iceland’s south coast. As you are driving along the coastal road between Þorlákshöfn and Grindavík you will notice the church which lies just beside the ocean. This humble place of worship has been an important site for Iceland’s sailors over many centuries. The original church was thought to have been built in this location in the 10th or 11th century. It is said that seamen in peril vowed to build the church should they be saved from stormy seas. The story says that an angel appeared on the shore and guided the sailors to land, just where Strandakirkja now stands. The church is known as being a site to miracles and inspires faith in worshippers not only in Iceland but around the globe. The small church itself is very beautiful and a small graveyard is located nearby.

FAQ about Strandarkirkja Church


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Strandakirkja is located in Selvogur, on the south coast of Iceland between the towns of Þorlákshöfn and Grindavík. You will see the church from the coastal road. 

The original church was built in the 10th or 11th century. Stories say that the church was built by sailors who were saved one night by witnessing an angel guiding them to the shore. They vowed to build a church in this location to mark the miracle. 

Distances from Strandarkirkja Church

It takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to drive from Hotel Rangá to Strandarkirkja. 

It takes approximately 1 hour to drive from Hotel Rangá to Strandarkirkja. 

It takes approximately 40 minutes to drive from the Blue Lagoon to Strandarkirkja. 

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