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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  • A magnificent building. Beautiful architecture, stands out from miles around and only a 7 minute walk from the Main Street of Reykjavík.  more »
  • Would recommend walking here and having a walk around the whole building. Also worth venturing inside but most importantly pay a small price to get a lift to the top. This gives you a fantastic view o...  more »
  • A really interesting site, and a great starting point for your visit. Viewing platform with a modest charge. Outside is bus stop 8 which is very useful for many of the different tour companies.  more »
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  • Hallgrimskirkja is a beautiful church, designed to depict the geology of Iceland with its columnar basalt. Church itself is very simple inside and out, clean lines, beautiful architecture. Parking might be tough but there are several street parking nearby. We went on a Sunday after mass and there was a lot of parking available. The pipe organ inside is massive, and they have concerts over the weekend that is very affordable for Iceland standards. 10ikr to take the elevator to the tower viewing deck which has two levels from which you get great views of the city. Really worth visiting.
  • 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
  • If you are driving than good luck finding parking. Maybe you'll find street parking. Once you get there and walk in go straight to your left (If you walk in through the front) so you can buy your ticket. The later you arrive to this location the longer the line will be and trust me it does get long because the elevator is a bit slow. The view is breath taking so its definitely worth the hassle. Especially if you see a storm starting to roll in. How it engulfs the city is beautiful.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful church that you can enter and look around. Has a tower with an amazing overlook over Reykjavik! Has an elevator that goes up 8 floors but you do have to climb about 3 short flights to get to the very top. Totally worth it!
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