An unusual-looking church, the design of Hallgrimskirkja was inspired by the forms created when lava cools into basalt rock. The church was designed by Gudjon Samuel in 1937 and constructed between 1945 and 1986. The tower, at 73 m (239.5 ft) tall, dominates Reykjavik's skyline. The view from the top looks out over the entire city, plus the rocky, volcanic landscape and the sea beside the capital. Inside the church, listen to the melodies wafting from the enormous, 25-ton pipe organ. A statue of Leifur Ericsson, the first European to reach America, stands directly outside the strange edifice. A visit to Hallgrimskirkja represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Reykjavik online travel route planner to plot your vacation.
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Dynamic church! We took an elevator to go up to see the view City of Reykjavik! You should definitely go up there. The view from the top of the church was great! We had a really clear sunny day so we ... more »
This is a quick site to see unless you plan to ride the elevator to the top. There was a very long line, so we decided not to spend our time in line. The church is beautiful! I'd love for someone to h... more »
The most famous church of Iceland, it's more like a trademark of Reykjavik. The church is great both from inside and outside. Streets near the church are great to wander and shop. Parking space is there but not sufficient for the amount of people visiting the place. Nevertheless, it's a must visit on your trip to Iceland
Wow! This stop was amazing and completely worth every second! A little tricky finding parking but we found a spot and had a short walk in. The area is great there are restaurants and shopping nearby. The views from the top were breathtaking. Take a jacket because it’s super windy at the top!
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