Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik

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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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  • This church is simple and the pictures taken from the outside are nice. It is not grand in the inside though... A bit too gray for my taste.  more »
  • See when you are in Reykjavik, and especially climb to the point of view to have the view of the city and its surroundings.
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  • Architecturally a piece of art. Must see the beautiful organ inside the church. Free to enter and wander around.  more »
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  • A different church than you are used to. It is relatively young and is a piece of beautiful architecture. It was inspired on the basalt formations in Iceland such as the ones on Reynisfjara beach. The inside is plainly white, without too much overdone works of art which is nice and fits Scandinavian culture I think. The elevator brings you up into the tower. It gives you a nice overview of the colourful houses of Reykjavik. There is an airport very nearby so you can look at the planes landing from the top down which is quite fun.
  • 244 feet, the tallest building in Reykjavik is easy to spot especially with its unique architecture. The interior is relatively more humble in size and for 900isk (which is not cheap) at the gift shop, you can get a ticket to take the lift to its top floor where you can have a view of the city below on each side of the church. The lift only take 6 up or down at anyone time and you're not allowed to use the stairs so do expect to spend some time up there. Do spend time looking through each side of the church and spot the other outstanding buildings, on one side you can also catch planes taking off from the airport to the south east
  • Beautiful architecture that's makes for iconic pictures. Make sure to fit in your schedule going to the tip of the tower because the pictures up there are amazing. You can see the church from far away so it makes for great landmark when getting directionally oriented.
  • It is amazing. I love it. It makes me so happy. It is so beautiful. There is the church room inside because it is a church. Then there is a gift shop, and then is the place to buy your ticket in the gift shop. And then there is the elevator with a ton of floors to visit. I love it and hope that a lot of people put 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • This is arguably the most iconic building of Iceland. This was a really pretty and amazing to see. The inside is nice but to me its just like any other church. From the outside however, its a really great iconic building!

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