The smallest church?

Núpsstaðakirkja, the church at Núpsstaðir, South Iceland

Churches come in all shapes and sizes. This is the church at Núpsstaður, one of the smallest churches in Iceland and perhaps in the world. It is a turf church made like the old Icelandic traditional farmhouses. A little less spectacular than the Sagrada Família in Barcelona.


This tiny chapel is a valuable heritage and became Iceland’s first building to be protected by law in 1930.


The old buildings of Núpsstaður are listed tentative – UNESCO World Heritage Site, see: The Turf House Tradition