Historic Buildings
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Church in Krýsuvík

The old church was lost in fire in 2010. A reconstructed church was consecrated in 2022.

The old church in Krýsuvík was destroyed by fire on the night of January 2, 2010. The church was reconstructed through the efforts of the Vocational School in Hafnarfjörður, providing an opportunity to teach traditional timber construction techniques. 

Krýsuvík was a former major settlement south of Kleifarvatn and originally stood much further to the west. The settlement was lost when lava flowed over a vast vegetated area, likely in the early part of the 11th century. There may have been a church in Krýsuvík in the 13th century. The settlement continued in Krýsuvík for centuries, and beneath it were numerous farmsteads.Krýsuvíkurkirkja

Krýsuvíkurkirkja served as a parish church until 1910. It was dismantled in 1917 and used as a residence from 1929. However, it was converted back into a church in 1963-64. Krýsuvíkurkirkja was transferred to the National Museum of Iceland for preservation in 1964.


Krýsuvíkurkirkja was made of timber and belonged to an older type of non-towered churches. It was erected in 1857. Extensive repairs began in 1986, during which it was restored to its original design. The exterior walls featured decorative paneling, and the roof had iron bars. No old church relics have been preserved, and thehurch pews, altar, and pulpit were of a more recent and simple style.

The new church

The reconstructed Krýsuvíkurkirkja was consecrated in 2022. The church is an exact replica of the one that burned down in 2010.
It can accommodate 40 people.