I must add a tip on this - as it is breathtaking sitting in the church when the sun shines through the stained glass windows.
The cathedral gets filled with beautiful colours - and the altarpiece of Jesus changes colours by the reflection from the stained glass windows. To me Skálholt is a very special place of worship, I feel lifted up every time I visit it - but visiting it in the afternoon sun when the light shines through the windows is just out of this world.
The windows are a gift from Danish merchants and are made by one of our female artists, Gerður Helgadóttir. The mosaic altarpiece is made by another of our female artists, Nína Tryggvadóttir. The windows show the story of the salvation.
There is a new addition to the buildings and Cathedral at Skálholt, a hypothesis house called Þorláksbúð. It was built on the ruins of the old Þorláksbúð, which was a temporary chapel, built after Árnakirkja church burnt down in 1527. It was then used as a storehouse.
There have been talks about building a hypothesis cathedral there, in the liking of one of the massive timber churches in Skálholt in the middle ages. But seeing that Skálholt is a holy place I don´t think this idea will come into fruition.
There has been a lot of controversy regarding Þorláksbúð, as some people think it ruins the image of the holy place of Skálholt, especially as this is a preseved area. And that it should not be built right on top of the ruins, but in another place, like the hypothesis house Þjóðveldisbærinn in Þjórsárdalur walley. I think it looks quite interesting and am happy with this new addition.
There is excavation work in process beside the Cathedral and a lot of interesting old relics have been found there. Earlier a stone-coffin was discovered during the excavation for the foundations for the church, of our bishop, Páll Jónsson who died in 1211, and that coffin is now on display in the church cellar.
Artefacts which have been found during excavation are now on display at our National Museum in Reykjavík. There are also some artefacts on display in the building next to the Cathedral where the restaurant is located.
You can see on the drawing on my second photo what Skálholt used to look like in the early days there, a lot of turf-houses, and this is where the excavation work is being carried out.