Hallgrimskirkja

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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

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.

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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TripHobo Highlights for Hallgrimskirkja

  • Hallgrimskirkja Address: Skolavoroustigur 101, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Hallgrimskirkja Contact Number: 354-5101000
  • Hallgrimskirkja Timing: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Hallgrimskirkja Price: 600 ISK
  • Best time to visit Hallgrimskirkja(preferred time): 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Hallgrimskirkja: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Hallgrimskirkja

  • 95% of people who visit Reykjavik include Hallgrimskirkja in their plan

  • 26.68% of people start their Hallgrimskirkja visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Hallgrimskirkja

Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

75.68% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hallgrimskirkja

People normally club together The Culture House and Sun Voyager Sculpture while planning their visit to Hallgrimskirkja.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • Hallgrimskirkja is a beautiful site to see and taller than it looks. It’s a big expensive to visit and you might have to wait a while to use the elevator, visit early if possible. The views at the top are panoramic and stunning. You can really appreciate all the different colored roofs from up there

  • Lovely church just a couple of minutes walk from the main shopping street. The church can be seen from all around the city so is a great navigation tool and meeting spot. One of the bus stops is located outside the church so many tour will stop and start from this point daily. You can visit the tour for a fee and get great views from above the city.

  • Just one of the best and harder to miss sights in Reykjavik. The church sits at the top of one of the city’s tallest hills, a short walk out from the centre of the town. It’s a Lutheran denomination and took 41 years to build, with its completion in 1986. It has a fantastic view of downtown Reykjavik.

  • This church can be seen from miles around as it is by far the tallest structure in the city and on the top of a small hill in the city centre. Entry to the church is free, but to gain access to the bell tower, you have to pay for a ticket. A lift will take you to the lower bell tower floor, but access to the higher level is by stair case only and this upper area is where you can enjoy the spectacular views over the city and surrounding countryside. The bells ring every 15 minutes and are quite loud! At weekends, queues can be very long and the tower crowded. If you can visit midweek, it is very quiet and you can spend longer admiring the views.

  • One must see the city from the church tower it only took 1000 ISK. It has an outstanding view point for the whole city. When I was there a young guy played the organ. It gave a huge plus for the feeling. The inside of the church is very simple but elegant and one can really focus on his/her thoughts. It is a very good place to rest a little and then continue the city tour with new energy.

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