Krýsuvíkurkirkja

Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland
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Krýsuvíkurkirkja is a small, picturesque church located right on the outskirts of Krýsuvík. Ever since a church was built here in 1857 it has become a significant landmark in the area, nestled between the big lava field and mountains of Krýsuvík. The church architecture is simple and works in harmony with the surrounding landscape, creating a serene and peaceful atmosphere. This small church is literally the only structure you can see for miles from almost every viewpoint, making this location feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Arnarfell mountain stands alone in the background, a big tuff dune in the middle of a waste lava field and then the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Truly a mesmerising place.

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Accessibility

The church location has a small parking lot for offloading, but further up the church road is another parking lot of medium size, suitable for bigger basecamps. There are no facilities at this location so everything needs to be brought in: toilets, holding area and general basecamps. Phone coverage is good but average in few spots near the road.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Good phone coverage
Generally good phone coverage without any major interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Close to Grindavík, so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are in abundance. Nearest hospital is in Reykjavík.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 50 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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The area is owned by the government, so a government permit is needed.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government
Reykjanes Peninsula is on UNESCO Global Geopark list
Property owner unknown

Basecamp and facilities

The church location has a small parking lot for offloading, but further up the church road is another parking lot of medium size, suitable for bigger basecamps. There are no facilities at this location so everything needs to be brought in: toilets, holding area and general basecamps. Phone coverage is good but average in few spots near the road.

Risk factors

The area around the church is a rugged and rough meadow, making it easy to twist your ankle or fall, especially in wet weather. The area is also very muddy with marshes that are hard to see because of the grass.

Visitors

The area is popular with tourists and locals but can be managed with PAs and park rangers. With the right permit you could close this location off.

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