The Blue Church
The Blue Church in Seyðisfjörður is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Iceland. With its distinct colour and buildingstyle it has become a popular spot for tourists. The church used to stand at Dvergasteinn farm and in 1882 it was moved to Vestdalseyri. At first the church stood on a hill overlooking Vestdalseyri but in 1894 it was blown over and damaged by a huge storm. The church was rebuilt, this time down on the peninsula and stood there until 1920 when the decision was made to move to its present location in the heart of Seyðisfjörður. In 1989 the the Blue Church was damaged by fire when renovation work was being carried out on the building and a pipe organ that was installed in 1987 was ruined by the flames. Today the Blue Church has a pipe organ of the same type as the one that was lost to the fire.
The Blue Church is open to visitors in the summer.
Open through June – July – August 2017
Monday and Tuesday 13:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 13:00 – 19:00
Thursday 08:00 – 17:00
Friday 13:00 – 17:00
The church is always open during the stay of cruise ships
The Blue Church Summer Concert Series was founded in 1998 by Muff Worden, musician and Sigurður Jónsson engineer. The concerts are held in the church of Seyðisfjörður on Wednesday nights in July and early August. The aim is to offer a program consisting of different music styles, where classical music, jazz and blues, folk music and lighter music get to shine. The performers are usually highly qualified musicians.
The Seyðisfjörður church is a good concert house, praised by the performers. It houses a fairly new Steinway grand piano and a Frobenius organ with 14-15 stops. It has seats for 300 people. The concert guests are both locals and foreign travellers.
The program 2017
5. júlí Camerarctica – Playful – flashing summer trios.
At this concert, you will hear colourful trios for clarinet, violin and piano where different styles of music from the inter-war years will be at the forefront. Influences stem from French cafe music, jazz, Armenian folk music, Argentinian tango and Klezmer. Trio Camerarctica consists of Ármann Helgason clarinet, Hildigunnur Halldórsdóttir violin og Ingunn Hildur Hauksdóttir piano.
12. júlí Icewegian – Hot Icelandic – Norwegian jazz.
Icewegian is an Icelandic-Norwegian band that has been active for the past five years. The members are Icelanders Sigurður Flosason on saxophone and Andrés Þór Gunnlaugsson on guitar together with Norwegians Per Mathisen on bass and Rolv-Olav Eide on drums. The band plays original music by all its members.
19. júlí Sigrún Magna Þorsteinsdóttir – Women and the organ.
Organ music by female composers from the last few hundred years, different styles, large compositions and smaller ones, touching and poetic but also playful and dramatic.
26. júlí Þóra Einarsdóttir, Björn Ingibergsson and Svanur Vilbergsson – Ode to the Music. Well known Lieders and Songs accompanied by a classical guitar.
Classical song concert accompanied with a classical guitar. The program consists of compositions by Schubert, Händel and Sor. The performers are Þóra Einarsdóttir soprano, Björn Ingibergsson tenor and Svanur Vilbergsson guitar.
2. ágúst Duo Atlantica – Mine is Yours.
A celebration of the timeless jewels that have been passed on from generation to generation, this recital offers beloved folk songs from three countries that are all connected by the Atlantic Ocean: Iceland, Ireland and Spain.
9. ágúst Einar Bragi og Jón Hilmar and band – Homemade.
The guitarist Jón Hilmar and saxophone player Einar Bragi with their band will play their own music as well as some of their favourite numbers. A diverse and interesting concert where East Iceland’s music will be honoured.