Place of the week – Þorgeirskirkja church by Goðafoss

Þorgeirskirkja (The church of Þorgeir) in North Iceland was erected in the year 2000 on the millennium of the adoption of Christianity in Iceland. Þorgeirskirkja is 45 km east of Akureyri, by the ringroad no 1.

It was built to honour the memory Þorgeir, chieftain of Ljósavatn, who played a crucial role in the conversion.

On his return from the Alþingi after being baptised, Þorgeir is said to have flung his images of the Norse gods into a waterfall, known since then as Goðafoss – Waterfall of the Gods which is nearby.
This photo is from the altar at Þorgeirskirkja with a view over Ljósavatnsskarð. Photo Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir.

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