This unusual church is situated in Hvalfjörður. It is properly called Hallgrímskirkja, after the Icelandic poet and hymn writer Hallgrímur Pétursson who served as a minister there between 1651 and 1669. However, it is usually referred to as Saurbæjarkirkja á Hvalfjarðarströnd (the church of Saurbær on the coast of Hvalfjörður), to distinguish it from three other Saurbær churches, as well as from the other, more famous, Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík.

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