64.9079° N, 23.8523° W
Ingjaldshóll is a little hill close to the villages Ólafsvík, Hellissandur and Rif located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The church that stands there in red and white was built in 1903 but before that there was a church, built in 1317, that is said to be one of three most important churches in Iceland until the 19th century. For centuries the church’s income came mainly from the rich fishing grounds from nearby villages. Ólafsvík had one of the largest trading ports in Iceland where commercial vessels sailed between Ólafsvík and Denmark collecting fish. Ólafsvík became a certified trading place, authorized by the Danish King and Danish authorities, in 1687. The church we see today was the first church in the world to be built entirely out of concrete. An old legend has it that Christopher Columbus sailed to Rif and wintered at Ingjaldshóll in the summer of 1477, and learned about the sailings of Vikings to lands west of Iceland.