Leif, actual discoverer of Vinland, or the United States.
Check out how weird it is to have clear windows in here! Rob's theory is that they need every bit of light inside they can get.
So my maternal grandmother's great grandparents came from Iceland. This trip was good for me to tease out the Icelandic strands of my personality. The first thing that struck me was that one reason they built this church was because they needed a radio antenna for the national radio service they were building (this is why the tower in front was finished long before the rest). Second, back in 1000AD at the Icelandic parliament (really, a big legislative campout), the speaker, named Thorgeir of Ljosavatn who was a heathen, convinced the entire parliament that they needed to convert to Christianity. His soundbite was "If the law is torn asunder, so shall the peace be". The Icelandic people followed his lead and they claim that it is the only peaceful adoption of Christianity of its kind.
Both of these tidbits seem so familiar, so reasonable, so pragmatic, so Icelandic to me.
It was really a piece of fine workmanship. Something to aspire to, boys!
Here is a teeny bit of the window. I included this because I've also seen pictures like this of books -- eyes peeking out of clouds and grass and hills. The Icelanders have long believed in The Hidden People who inhabit certain rocks and places. Rob and I were going to stay in an apartment near a known hidden-person-inhabited rock; when they built the road down the hill, they were unable to build close to the rock and had to resurvey the road further away from it because the hidden person kept wreaking havoc on the construction. Perhaps my father can confirm these sorts of construction occurences in Iceland. Perhaps they have a Hidden Person Change Order clause in the contracts.
The more conventional and religious part of the window.
And an indigenous demon of some sort.
We went up to the bell tower to see what we could see. There are three bells, named for Hallgrim, his wife and their daughter. I guess I knew that we were in the bell tower, but when the clock struck one right above my head, I thought my eardrums were going to burst! This shows some of the colorful houses I was talking about before.