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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Beautiful architecture, unlike anything I’ve seen before. If you don’t have much time in Reykjavik, this is at least the one site you must go to. Went on a late Sunday afternoon and parked adjacent to... more »
Unfortunately, there is limited access due to construction and replacing the elevator in the bell tower. 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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