HallgrimskirkjaCurrently Open [Closes at 09:00 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)
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Hallgrimskirkja
95% of people who visit Reykjavik include Hallgrimskirkja in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
26.61% of people start their Hallgrimskirkja visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Hallgrimskirkja
75.74% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hallgrimskirkja
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Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik Reviews
A unique setting in Iceland. The experience was all the better as we sat and listened to the organist play a variety of hymnal songs. Any cathedral of this size has an elegance and beauty no matter the manner of architecture or decor within. Highly recommend checking it off your list when you visit.
It's worth a visit, but not a long one. There are plenty of other fun things to see and do nearby. The architecture outside is of course wonderful, but inside just wasn't all that...special. It wasn't bad, and I'm glad I went inside, but you don't need to stay long.
The church has a large pipe organ. The main attraction is the tower with a great view of the city. While you can visit the church for free, you pay a fee (about $10 US) to go into the tower. An elevator takes you up several floors and then you take a couple of easily navigable flights to the top. The view is great (weather permitting)
Hallgrimskirkja is a beautiful church, designed to depict the geology of Iceland with its columnar basalt. Church itself is very simple inside and out, clean lines, beautiful architecture. Parking might be tough but there are several street parking nearby. We went on a Sunday after mass and there was a lot of parking available. The pipe organ inside is massive, and they have concerts over the weekend that is very affordable for Iceland standards. 10ikr to take the elevator to the tower viewing deck which has two levels from which you get great views of the city. Really worth visiting.
Very beautiful church. One of the most stunning buildings I've seen in the world. Sounds wonderful when it chimes. Close to everything in Reykjavik, lots of local places to eat / drink and beautiful views. You can go inside the church for free and the gift shop. Has an organ (musical instrument) inside, stained glass windows, pews to sit and pray or to take in the atmosphere / relax . 1000 króna to climb the tower, you go up in a lift, and there are also stairs. At the top of the tower you can view from all angles and there are windows with bars (a bit like a prison) and you can view and take photos, if you put your phone / camera lens through the bars you can take photographs without the bars in the way of the photo. You can take photos anywhere you like in the church and in the tower. Recommended place to visit