Raufarhöfn Things to Do
On our visit to both Raufarhöfn and Kópasker villages on Melrakkaslétta peninsula we came across some fun characters made by the artist Sigurlína J. Jóhannesdóttir. This artist lives at a farm just outside of Kópasker village.
These characters sure add life to the environment. I saw two of them in Raufarhöfn village, one woman by a stove and one man sitting by a miniature of the Arctic Henge.
Then when we were driving to Hraunhafnartangi spit we saw at least 2 such characters by the road, one was having fun and the other one looked like he had had too much fun (see my photo).
After having visited Hraunhafnartangi spit by the Arctic Circle at 66° 32′ 9.6″ N, 16° 1′ 31.08″ W one can get a certificate of the achievement of having crossed this geologically important spot.
The certificate is issued at Hotel Norðuljós in Raufarhöfn. Jonni and I went there for fun, it is always fun to have a certificate. I had heard of certificates like this one being issued at Grímsey island, where there are scheduled trips to cross the Arctic Circle and I remember my grandmother getting such a certificate decades ago.
But these certificates are also issued at Raufarhöfn and one doesn´t have to go by plane or ship to get to Hraunhafnartangi spit to cross the Arctic Circle, as is needed when visiting Grímsey island.
Bring a photo of yourself at Hraunhafnartangi spit to the hotel manager at Hotel Norðurljós and he will give you a certificated free of charge with your name on it :)
The hotel manager also knows a lot about the Arctic Henge as he is one of the instigators of that Henge.
There is a beautiful church in Raufarhöfn, Raufarhafnarkirkja church in Raufarhafnarprestakalli rectorate. It was built in 1928 and consecrated on the 1st of January 1929.
The church was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, who was the State Architect of Iceland.
The vicarage in this area had been at Ásmundarstaðir since 1853, but it was moved to Raufarhöfn when the church was built here. The reason for the vicarage being moved to Raufarhöfn was that there was population growth in the village at that time. The vicarage, which was built by the church, is called Kirkjuból.
The altar-piece and the pulpit, among other artefacts, were moved from Ásmundarstaðakirkja to Raufarhafnarkirkja church.
The church was renovated in 1978-1979.
Unfortunately the church was closed and although we stayed for 3 days in Raufarhöfn we always arrived late at night after a full day of exploration and couldn´t find anybody to open the church for us. Next time for sure as I want to see what it looks like on the inside.
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