Skálholt CathedralDomkirken

The modern cathedral was inaugurated in 1963. It is well known for its works of modern art, as well as for artefacts from previous churches on the site. In the crypt is an exhibition from the National Museum, including the sarcophagus of bishop Páll Jónsson (bishop 1195-1211), unearthed in 1954. Since then archaeological excavations at Skálholt have revealed many interesting finds that can be seen and studied there.

With its cathedral Skálholt of our time is more than history. It is the site of a deputy bishop and a local parish priest. Besides holy services every Sunday and morning (laudes) and evening prayers (vesper) on weekdays the cathedral has become renowned for its summer concerts attracting many skilled musicians and lots of music lovers.

Skálholt, land, buildings and institutions, is owned by the national church of Iceland. With the school of Skálholt at the heart of it, Skálholt is an ideal and popular place for different courses, seminaries and conferences.

The school — Skálholtsskóli — is a cultural and educational center used and run by the national church but offering facilities for other parties as well. In the last years more and more people have attended „silent retreats“ held there during the peaceful winter time.Med sin moderne domkirke er Skálholt i vores dage ikke kun historie. Det er bopæl for en af landets to vicebiskopper og har desuden sin sognepræst. Foruden gudstjenesten hver søndag synger man laudes og vesper hver morgen og aften om hverdagen. Domkirken er desuden blevet berømt for sine eftersøgte sommerkoncerter som tiltrækker mange musikere og musikvenner.

Gården Skálholt med sine bygninger og institutioner ejes af den islandske folkekirke. Med skolen – Skálholtsskóli – midt på gårdspladsen er det et ideelt sted for kurser, seminarer og konferencer.

Skálholtsskóli er et kultur- og udannelsescenter som bruges af folkekirken og drives for dens regning, men ved sine faciliteter står den også til disposition for andre interesserede. I de sidste år har stadig flere deltaget i de såkaldte „stille dage“ om vinteren.