Hallgrimskirkja

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik

Hallgrimskirkja
4.5
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Hallgrimskirkja is the largest church in the country, and towers over the centre of Reykjavik. Its 73-metre-high tower provides a wonderful 360° view over all Reykjavik, the mountains around and the ocean streaching west to Greenland and the Americas. Because of this, the tower is among the most visited tourist destinations in Reykjavik. Tower admission Adults: ISK 1000 Children: ISK 100 (ages 7-16) Tickets are sold in the church shop. Access to the tower is only by lift. At the top there are a few steps to the open-air viewing platform. Winter (October – April): 09:00 – 17:00. Tower closes 16:30. Summer (May – September): 09:00 – 21:00. Tower closes 20:30. The tower is closed on Sundays from 10:30 – 12:15 during mass at 11:00. Hallgrimskirkja is an active, working church and sometimes we may close the church without notice, especially due to weddings or funerals. Everyone is welcome to join services and concerts, but we ask visitors to stay the whole time to avoid disturbance.
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JimnHilary
Warrington, UK365 contributions
May 2022
Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran church, a very modern concrete structure, built 1945 to 1986. It is a prominent landmark in Reykjavik. It's well worth paying the small charge to go to the top of the 73m tower (lift provided) if the weather is at all decent, as you get a superb 360 degree vista over the whole of the city. Unfortunately, one of the main features, a beautiful stained glass window by the Icelandic artist, Leifur Breiðfjörð, looks grey and drab from the outside in the daylight, as it's meant to be illuminated from inside and viewed at night. So if you're there in the summer you probably won't get a proper appreciation of it. The access to view it from inside is closed to the public. However, we asked a delightful lady member of staff, and she took us up for a private viewing, and explained all about it. She was excited to tell us she'd been to Edinburgh and seen the stained glass window in St Giles by the same artist. So, to get the best of your visit, it pays to ask!
Written June 16, 2022
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Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
Bicester, UK3,180 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Visited this monumental church in Reykjavík yesterday and it was amazing. Although not comparable to churches in Rome, London etc in terms of architectural value, this has it's own personality which represents Iceland and local culture in its own right which I think is amazing! The views from the tower is a must see, it's worth buying the £7 ticket to go up to the tower.

I think its status as the main attraction in the city is well deserved and recommend anyone to visit if they're visiting Reykjavík.
Written January 27, 2022
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GBJ-Cookies
South Shields, UK1,359 contributions
Feb 2022
The tallest building in Iceland this stunning cathedral can be viewed from most places in Reykjavik.
The cathedral sits at the top of rainbow street which allows for some instagrammable photos. Once inside we were treated to a beautiful serenade by an organist playing on the fabulous pipe organ.
Admission to the Cathedral is free but a ride to the top of the bell tower will set you back 1000isk (£6). The bell strikes every 15 minutes and can be very alarming if your not expecting it.
The wind was howling whilst we were up there but it was well worth it for the stunning views of a snow topped Reykjavik.
Written February 20, 2022
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marts03
Poughkeepsie, NY87 contributions
Mar 2022
Hallgrimskirkja is impressive anyway you look at it. The outside construction is amazing on all sides of the building - and it is worth walking around it instead of just staying at the front. The church opens at 10 am (unless there are special events) and the inside is also nice to walk around. If you're lucky, the organist will be practicing and you can have a listen. For 1200 Kroners (~$10 USD or so), you can take the elevator up to the top of the tower for 360 degree panoramic views of the city. Warning signs remind you the church bells go off every 15 minutes and they are indeed very loud if you are in the tower at the time. The tower is open from 10 - 4:30, excepting special events. Highly recommend
Written March 11, 2022
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Scott H
2 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
Great to see the building inside and out.
Hearing the bells ring all over the city and up close at the top of the tower was pretty good.
Well worth paying for a ticket to climb the tower and be amazed by the spectacular and almost aerial views of Reykjavik and surrounding areas.
One thing to note is how windy and loud it can be up at the top of the tower when the weather is bad, but still worth it.
Written January 30, 2022
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JimRiesterer
Edina, MN4,583 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
You can’t miss this tall imposing landmark that dominates the city and will certainly find yourself taking photos of it as a way to remember your visit. While the inside isn’t anything to write home about-empty and austere-it’s definitely worth paying the small fee to go up into the bell tower. The fast elevator takes you up 8 stories for great views of the city-especially if you are lucky enough to catch a break in the un predictable weather. We were visiting in early June shortly after vaccinated travelers were once again able to visit Iceland and had the tower all to ourselves on a blustery Friday afternoon. The wind was something else up too so come prepared.
Written June 12, 2021
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Daniel Millward
Manchester, UK5 contributions
May 2022
We visited here on our family holiday to Iceland and were very pleased with the church overall. The look of the building is spectacular and can be seen from all over Reykjavik. The whole place is very clean and tidy and the organ pipes are especially impressive. The money you have to pay to get to the top is certainly worth it as you can get breathtaking views all over the city. A brilliant setup and would highly recommend.
Written June 2, 2022
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Kati R
Chicago, IL12 contributions
Mar 2022
Wonderful visit. The organist was playing when we arrived, and he was amazing. Tickets are purchased in the gift shop, then you can take the elevator to the clock level. The very top is reached by stairs, but it was worth every step. The city views were breathtaking. Be aware that the bells toll often, and it gets very loud.
Written March 22, 2022
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sarpuli
Espoo, Finland216 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
The exterior of the church was something we had never seen before and you can see its top from around the city. Inside you can light a candle (100kr) and buy elevator tickets to the top (1200kr). The view from the top (elevator + couple flights of stairs) was amazing. Even though you do not get a full panorama view (the ”windows” are pretty small) but still you see the city from many angles.
Written June 1, 2022
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Joao V
London, UK392 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Beautiful spot if you like modern architecture.
The church inside is very minimalist and you can pay to go to the top (not worth it in my opinion).
It is an emblematic point of the city and can be seen from the sea.
Facilities: lockers and shop
Written September 19, 2021
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  • Mon - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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