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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. Use our Reykjavik travel itinerary maker to add Hallgrimskirkja and other attractions to your Reykjavik vacation plans.
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  • Great focal point as it is slap bang in the middle of the city. It's free to go in but you have to pay to go up to the top. Great views over the city. They light it up at night too.  more »
  • Lovely modern church in a commanding location. Could go up in the lift to a viewing platform, 8€ each!! As all things are in Iceland, very expensive!!  more »
  • Nice to have a lift up and then a few steps to get to the top. Great views. The Lutheran church itself was very modern but quite majestic. The organ looked fabulous it was a shame we were not there wh...  more »
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  • Nice architecture, quite a landmark that can be seen for miles around. A hint for anyone staying in a hotel outside of the main centre of Reykjavik, if the can see this, follow it to get towards the main shopping area. We didn't go inside as there were a few huge tour groups turn up before we went in.
  • Beautiful and unique neo-gothic style church. Warm inside with the option to ascend the tower via elevator. €7 for an adult. Great big organ.
  • Its a must see, it looks good from the outside and its size makes your neck hurt from looking up, we went up the tower, but it my opinion it wasn't worth it.
  • Typical northern european church, with minimalistic yet impressive architechtural lines, resembling the basal formations of the black sand beaches of iceland. Beautiful pipe organ, worth a quick visit to the inside.
  • Definitely one of the best churches I have been inside. The architecture inside and out is amazing, and the organ is intricate. It's outline is extremely prominent and representative of Reykjavik. The highest level offers great views and the sheer wind up there was great fun.