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Sauðaneshús - The Old Vicarage Langanes

Sauðanes is an old church estate on Langanes peninsula, 7 kilometres north of the village of Þórshöfn. It is believed that there has been a church in Sauðanes since the 12th century. The church that now stands was built in 1889 and is currently being renovated. The vicarage in Sauðanes, called Sauðaneshús, was built in 1879 from dolerite and is the oldest house made of stone in the north-east of Iceland. The dolerite was moved to Sauðanes from afar and cut on site. Rev. Vigfús Sigurðsson (1811-1889) oversaw the building of the house. The builders were two brothers from Vopnafjörður; Sveinn Brynjólfsson and Björgólfur Brynjólfsson. A large piece of driftwood, that washed ashore on Langanes, was used to make the doors in the house. After Rev. Vigfús died, Arnljótur Ólafsson (1823-1904) became the vicar of Sauðanes. He was a well-known politician and writer.

Sauðaneshús was inhabited until 1955 when a new vicarage was built near the old one. Sauðaneshús was under reconstruction from 1991 to 2003. Today, it houses a folk museum, tourist information and a cafe. The artefacts in the house provide insight into how locals lived a hundred years ago. Sauðaneshús is owned by the Icelandic National Museum and run by the local cultural centre. The house is open to tourists during summer.

Sauðaneshús - The Old Vicarage Langanes

Sauðanes

GPS Points N66° 14' 41.692" W15° 16' 12.094"
Telephone

+354 464-1860

Website www.husmus.is
Opening period 15/06 - 31/08

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Langanes

Langanes is a narrow peninsula between Þistilfjordur and Bakkafloi shaped like a goose with a very large head. This area is about as wild as coastal Iceland gets, perfect for exploring off the beaten track. A rough road goes to the tip named Fontur. On the north and south of the tip there are steep sea cliffs, Skoruvikurbjarg and Skalavikurbjarg. The Langanes peninsula is know for its rich birdlife, and a very good birdwatching spots where it is possible to watch the Gannet and Brünnichs Guillermot from land.

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