HallgrimskirkjaCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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
Hallgrimskirkja - Review
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.
- Tickets for the tower are sold in the church.
- Access to the tower is by lift.
Hallgrimskirkja Ticket Prices
Entry to the church:
Entry to the tower:
- Adults: 900 ISK
- Children: 100 ISK (age 7 -14)
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Hallgrimskirkja
95% of people who visit Reykjavik include Hallgrimskirkja in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
54.68% of people start their Hallgrimskirkja visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Hallgrimskirkja
83.17% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hallgrimskirkja
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Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik Reviews
Beautiful and striking church. You can see the steeple from most places in Reykjavik. Inside is quite unique, not seen a church like this in terms of architecture style. We were fortunate to have visited on a rainy day spending more time in the church and decided not to do the tower until a sunny day. A few days after the church part was closed but we could still go up the tower (for a cost) to the view point. The view was beautiful, we had a clear day and could see the airfield, mountains and lighthouse. Great place to capture panoramic shots of the city
Terrific stop along any walking tour. Though not ornate, the sanctuary has its own character and appeal. Make sure you pay the extra to ascend up the elevator (honor system), and then a few stairs up to the top of the tower. The best views in Reykjavik!! A great stop
Although an impressive structure, this was not really to my liking. It was imposing 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 I 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 amazing, 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.
It was a beauty inside. Simple but elegant. If I had a choice, I would get married in a church like this. There were no stained glass, which was different to see and it made the whole church even more pleasing to the eye. There is the option to go out on its balcony if you would like for a small fee. It's good for sightseeing.
Amazing views of an amazing looking structure, with the ability to take photos from multiple angles and get some stunning shots. It’s a little tricky to get the entire building in from certain positions as where you would ideally take a front shot of the building is a road, so you have to get your timing and positioning right. There’s a lovely selection of flowers as well that you can take shots of separately or include as part of the shot with the church. Don’t forget to walk around the back of the church to shift your angles, something I forgot to do - possibly because of the constant rain on the two occasions visiting! To enter into the church will cost an entry fee, but you can be sure of a striking interior and the opportunity to go to the top of the building and get some great shots. The road leading up to the church has many restaurants and shops, so you aren’t far away from a snack, food or drink if needed.