Scandinavian Houses With Green Roofs Look Straight Out Of A Fairytale

Grafarkirkja, the oldest turf church in Iceland

Grafarkirkja turf church – the Chapel at Gröf in Höfðaströnd in North-Iceland, is Iceland’s oldest turf church. Parts of the current turf church date back to the 17th century.

Early documentation dates it back to 1240, but the church that stands today was constructed during the 17th century. It’s believed to have been rebuilt by Guðmundur Guðmundsson, a renowned wood carver whose work can still be found on site—namely, its weathervane, featuring the numbers 167. While turf churches (and residences) were common for Icelanders at the time, Guðmundsson’s intricate carvings lend Grafarkirkja its unique, sustained beauty.

Grafarkirkja, the oldest turf church in Iceland

Hofskirkja, Iceland

Hofskirkja Iceland by Menno Schaefer on

Vatnajökull Nationalpark, Iceland

Take a rest by Tanja Le on

Renndølsetra, Norway


Thjorsardalur, Iceland

Turf House by Dominik Frings on

Skalholt, Iceland

Turf House by Lindsay Snow on


Robert Snow

Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Red & Green by Andrea Izzotti on

Saksun Village, Streymoy, Faroe Islands

Saksun by Nick Fox on

Church Of Funningur, Faroe Islands

The Church by António Gil on

Mikladalur, Faroe Islands

Mikladalur by Nick Fox on

Island Of Streymoy, Saksun, Faroe Islands

Stone house in Faroe Islands by Nick Fox on