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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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  • It is a very attractive church. Very stylish and cool. Unfortunately there was a service on when we got there so we couldn't go inside. So bear that in mind when visiting.  more »
  • The largest church in Reykjavik worth experiencing it inside. To take the elevator up to the tower to see the whole of Reykjavik from the top costs around 90kr and besides, it was a long queue, so we did not have.
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  • Walking distance from Hotel Fron. We came during a sudden onset snowfall, so it was difficult to really enjoy it. It is a very modern church. Entering the church was free. We did not go up the tower. ...  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.