5 Beautiful Wooden Churches in Iceland You Should Visit

Iceland’s most well-known church is probably the towering Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik. However, it does not represent the architecture of most churches around the country. The earliest churches, which can be found in the countryside, are simply structured and made out of turf.

Flatey Island Church

Flatey Church | © Brian Gratwicke / Flickr

This former church is now Iceland’s smallest library. The small wooden building built in 1926 is well-known as it used to house the Flateyjarbók, the largest medieval Icelandic manuscript. Made out of vellum, or calfskin, the manuscript was written around 1390 and includes many important sagas. As the island was once home to a large monastery, it has been presumed that the manuscript was written by priests.

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