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
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.
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
- Nearby bus station: Landspitalinn
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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
Despite appearances, this is only a church not a cathedral. Because of its height, architecture and position on a hill, it is probably the most famous landmark in Reykjavik. As this is a modern church, the architecture is plainer than a medieval church. You can pay to go up the tower and you get fantastic views all over the capital. One think I liked is the differences the light made on its stonework from various distances and times of day.
A real must if you want to get some great photos of the main downtown Reykjavik. There is always a queue for the lift and tickets. Going early can be helpful but as winter sunrise can be around 11am plan accordingly for the best photos.
This Lutheran church in Reykjavik, Iceland is one of the tallest structures in Iceland and is responsible for providing the heights for many of the most iconic photographs of the city. Situated in the heart of the city centre, the church is said to be designed as a replica of a flow of lava which results from a volcanic eruption. A steady flow of tourists frequent the church and climb to the top daily to see the famous landscape of the city from up high.
great view at night, the church is beautiful. We spent two days in the capital and it was pretty fun. There were nice bars around and also a good amount of shops to visit.
Beautiful Lutheran Church in the middle of Iceland. It stands tall above the rest of the buildings with a very interesting design. The inside is very plain but with a beautiful organ.