Thingeyrarkirkja Church

Thingeyrarkirkja church is an impressive 1877 church overlooking Lake Hóp, the fifth largest lake in Iceland, east of the Vatnsnes Peninsula. The church is unusual for the late 19th century because churches at that time were typically sided with corrugated iron. 

Instead, Thingeyrarkirkja was constructed from hewn basalt and limestone, a very pricey undertaking. The interior is also unusual, with a deep, broad apse that encircles everything in front of the pews – markedly different from the rectangular Icelandic norm. The church’s half domed dark blue ceiling has about a thousand gold stars mounted on it. Several pieces inside the church are historically significant, including the altarpiece, originating in Nottingham in the 15th century.