Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik

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  • Address: Skolavoroustigur 101, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 354-5101000
  • Ticket Price: 600 ISK
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
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About Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik

It took the architect Guojon Samuelsson over 34 years to build the 74 meters high church; unfortunately he could not live to see his marvelous design! Built in 1974 the aw-inspiring church is situated right in the center of Reykjavik, the columns are made out of volcanic basalt. It also features a gargantuan pipe organ designed by Johannes Klais – a German organ builder. This organ is 15 meters tall and is driven by manual pedals, an astounding creation used for a number of recordings after its construction.

The interiors on the other hand are rather simple; an elevator takes you at the top only to find a breathtaking view of Reykjavik! One can also witness a grand statue of Leifur Eriksson who was the first European to come to America.

Hallgrimskirkja is by far one of the most visited and loved place by tourists in Reykjavik, partly because of the stunning architecture which one can just not miss and partly because of the local concerts held here from June-August on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at around 5:00 pm – a great way to see the local side of Icelandic living.

Hallgrimskirkja Information

  • Tickets for the tower are sold in the church.
  • Access to the tower is by lift.

Hallgrimskirkja Ticket Prices

Entry to the church:

  • Free

Entry to the tower:

  • Adults: 900 ISK
  • Children: 100 ISK (age 7 -14)

Hallgrimskirkja Opening and Closing Hours

Winter (October to April):

  • The tower: 9am – 4:45pm

Summer (May to September):

  • The tower: 9am – 8:45pm

The tower is closed during service on Sundays: 11am 

How To reach Hallgrimskirkja by Public Transport

  • Nearby bus station: Landspitalinn 

Restaurants Near Hallgrimskirkja

  • Cafe Loki

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Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik Reviews

  • Although an impressive structure, this was not really to my liking. It was impressive to walk up to, and the scale is impressive, but cast concrete really doesn't do it for me - I am rather spoilt with the older and beautiful churches and cathedrals of England, so this as at odds in terms of architecture and spartan adornment. Although I do like minimalism in architecture, it did not strike me as particularly welcome as tend to find churches. However, it was replete with the appropriate peacefulness one would expect of a holy place, and there were some rather wonderful features such as the font and the ceiling is impressive. However, I didn't get the Palm tree lurking in the corner... The views from the tower are impressive, and I could not capture a good enough picture to fully embody the view - Iceland has a stark beauty that can be seen from every angle of the tower, but the pictures do not do it justice. The view is only really accessible if you can squeeze yourself in to the rather small "windows", so may not be suitable for some.

  • This is one beautiful church; simple, spacious and great reference point. Strongly recommend visiting and go up to view while in Reykjavik. This place is kept up nicely warm during the snowy December and the photos reflect the lucky view we experienced outside.

  • This one of the few places where parking is free. The largest church in Iceland. Stands at 74.5 m (244 ft). It is a Lutheran church. It is right in the centre of Reykjavik. Nice place to go to just before midnight on New year's eve to watch the fireworks. It is a very good reference point.

  • I'm not really sure what all the hubub is about. It's cool or whatever, but I've seen cooler. The St. Louis monument, the Statue of Liberty and other iconic structures sure beat this one. So if you are in Iceland and don't have a lot of time, spend your precious minutes doing something else.

  • Very pretty, but be prepared, like most popular tourist sites, it was VERY BUSY with large crowds of inconsiderate people. I chose to go to the top of the tower and observe the view. I paid 1000ISK, but once I got in line I realized there was no one checking tickets. I could have got in line and not paid. There was no one enforcing ticket proof. The elevator allows 6 people up at a time, for a small line it only took about 10 minutes each way. Great view from the top. Very windy!

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