Hallgrimskirkja
Hallgrimskirkja
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • Julie G
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing City Views
    If you have clear weather, take the elevator to the top for some amazing views of the city. The inside of the church is beautiful. There's also a small gift shop inside. Make sure you pick up a cinnamon roll just down the street at Braud & Co.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 2, 2023
  • julie w
    62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hallsgrim Church is definitely worth a visit
    You cannot miss Hallgrims Church standing tall over the city of Reykjavik! It is an amazing structure inside and out! It is free to enter the church itself where several times a day the incredible organ pipes come to life as do the church bells! If you want to catch a lift to the top for incredible views if Reykjavik and it’s surrounds there is a small fee and there are discounts for children and pensioners! It’s well worth the ride to the top as it gives you a Birds Eye view of the city!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Gary W
    Richmond, Australia871 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top of the World
    Wonderful church in the centre of Reykjavik. Easy to drive or walk. Free to enter. The organ was being played when we were there. To go to the top of the tower was 1300kr (seniors >67 1000kr). A lift takes you to the 8th floor where there are windows on all four sides. There are several flights of stairs (easily negotiable) to get a higher view of the city and its surrounds. The tickets can be purchased at the small gift shop inside the entrance. Well worth the effort.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 7, 2023
  • VinnieLondon
    Doha, Qatar12,723 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning church and views
    Church located in centre of Reykjavik..you can see it from everywhere it is so prominently located!. Beautiful Lutheran church/architecture with simple and almost austere Lutheran style. No entrance fee and you can access nearly all parts of the church, with the usual courtesy to those worshipping. You can also pay a small fee to go to the top of the bell tower…must do this with absolutely stunning 360 views of Reykjavík and out to sea. Elevator to top but there is an extra 4 sets of steep stairs to the top closed in viewing area. Beware the bells chime every 15 minutes and they are seriously loud!. Must see site in Reykjavík.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2023
  • SmileJoyF
    Seattle, Washington86 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful bell tower views
    This is a gorgeous church to visit. My family enjoyed it immensely and the tickets to the top were worth the city view. The only reason I have it a 4/5 is just that it doesn't take long to see everything. It was interesting to learn about the Lutheran heritage and connection to Denmark.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Christina M
    Camarillo, California23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent and unusual house of worship
    We saw the mention of this Famous church on trip advisor and wanted to visit . It’s easy to get too , admission is free and it feels almost alien . Very unusual and interesting architecture . We didn’t take the elevator to the top but it seemed quite easy if you wanted to wait in line . The tickets are available in the church gift shop
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 21, 2023
  • aeg
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go in the Afternoon when the organist is playing
    We went one afternoon the organist was playing. It was beautful! I could just close my eyes and listen. Many people paid to take the elevator to the top. When it is clear - they said the view was spectacular. It was pouring rain the day we went - so not much view but stunning music.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Mike B
    Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The biggest, and best, church in Iceland
    Don't miss a visit to the church or to the tower. The interior of the church is simple, yet spectacular in its simplicity, with 2 organs, one with 4 manuals and 5275 pipes, the other (added in 1985) a simpler 2 manual one. Don't miss the icons and sculptures, or a visit to the tower (accessible by lift). Just be careful on the quarter- and half- hours, when the bells chime.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Lois Lane
    County Dublin, Ireland58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning architecture
    Fabulous to see this amazing piece of architecture. Walking through the streets of Rekijavik, you can't fail to see the church. We ventured in and it was so serene and peaceful. We didn't make it to a service, but so glad we took the time to go inside and see the building from inside too.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Sarah M
    Bahrain54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit!
    Honestly I found the church very very beautiful. It might seem like simple architecture but you would definitely appreciate the interior + architecture. Don’t miss out on going to the top of the church to see a panoramic view of Reykjavik! You even might get to hear the bell ring infront of you!
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
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susaq12
Pencoed, UK907 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Due to storms we only managed to get a quick visit as they were closing early.
The organist was playing in the most beautiful church where we sat and listened for a while.
We then paid 1,000ISK to go up in the lift each to look at the views from the four sides of the building. The views were spectacular and each one showed a different part of the area.
We then climbed the few stairs to the highest viewpoint which was so windy I only spent a couple of minutes there (I’m not good with heights!)
It’s so pretty here and well worth a visit.
Written January 7, 2020
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Simon H
Salisbury, UK454 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Architecturally designed with Icelands nature in mind, lava pillars and when viewed from the street an outline of a geysir. The organ needs to be seen over 5000 pipes! 1000 per person to go up the tower, it was very windy and very very cold, but it was winter. Great views and photo ops when up there!
Written March 12, 2020
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11Alicat
Sheffield, UK266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Entrance is free. Beautiful modern church not sure if it was built to look like organ pipes, but that's what it looked like to me, very clever if so.
Talking of which there was someone beautifully playing the organ as we arrived and so it gave me an emotional entrance to a stunning building.
The organ pipes inside were incredible.
For £6 you can go up the clock tower and see amazing 360 views of Reykjavik. It was a lovely clear day and we took some fab photos of the city. The clock struck 11:45 while we were up there, we all jumped out of our skin, then burst out laughing at ourselves for being so daft. Queue of about 25 people in front of us, but as the lift takes 6 at a time it was only a few minutes wait and worth it.
I'm not religious but I would recommend a visit.
Written March 6, 2020
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eifioncymru
Caernarfon, United Kingdom333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Lovely looking church which is a must do photo opportunity. Relatively plain inside but with a magnificent organ and as free to enter worth the walk up the hill. You can pay about £5 to go up to the top of the tower in the lift for great view of the city and beyond but due to the weather we didn’t go up the tower.
Written January 9, 2020
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Simon
Romiley, UK227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The church is fairly central in Reykjavik, up a gentle hill through some colourful streets. It is very imposing and I'm fairly certain like no other church you'll have seen before! It is really appropriate to it's place... very Icelandic! The strong rock feel continues inside, where everything is beautifully modern and minimalistic, but still very impressive and free to enter.

There's a large organ, a nice simple altar with sweeping views out to snow capped mountains, and a tower with stunning panoramas in every direction. It was only 1000isk per adult when we visited in February 2020 which is about £6, so don't be tempted to pay in GBP because then it's £7! The only way up is by lift to floor 8 (via floor 20!) from where you get decent views from glazed windows, but for the best views carry on up the stairs from there and you can see out of tall thin slits with no glass so uninterrupted. There are boxes to stand on up there for shorter people!

There are no toilets in the church so go before or after.

Highly recommended.
Written February 18, 2020
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Michael B
61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We arrived into Reykjavík on a red eye out of Toronto. Left the airport and headed straight here. We ate bfast at Cafe’ Loki across the street and had a beautiful view of the church with the lights still on inside. Got into it early and hardly no wait to go upstairs to the top. Was about $8usd. Great views of the city scape. Could get pics of each side of city. Would recommend getting here early as more and more people showed up the later it got. Church has free parking all the time. Park there if you can and won’t have to pay to park on streets in area. Enjoy
Written March 14, 2020
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Bjohnson3730
Olathe, KS4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I recently visited Reykjavík and Hallgrimskirkja was on my must-do list. I actually walked here from my hotel, which was on the outskirts of the touristy part of the city. Because the street directions change in this area, it took me longer than I thought it would, given the sheer size of the building, to actually find this place.
Be aware this is an actual, functioning church, so please respect people who are worshiping. Also, the lift to the viewing area does cost a little, but it is well worth the price.
Written February 15, 2020
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JillG411
London, UK84 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a beautiful minimalist church and well worth a visit as its shape is so dramatic. The charge to get to the top is quite expensive, which came as a shock. There are no toilets and when we asked, we were directed to the town hall- which is a long way off- not helpful. It is quite good to get an overview of the city from the top but if you are short on funds( and everything is expensive in Iceland) then you could skip the trip to the top and it wouldn't matter.
Written February 6, 2020
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Cindai75
Halle, Belgium25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Beautiful church inside and out, you can buy tickets to go to the tower and enjoy the beautiful view. Tickets cost up to 8 € per person. Inside, there was a lady who played the organ with beautiful music. Fun included. Sometimes there are light shows at night when it is dark, should be very beautiful!
Written February 10, 2020
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neatpete
Newbury, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Having taken around 40 years to build due to using a local firm consisting of the builder and his son, it was definitely worth the wait for the completion of this unique landmark building. Very striking with its famous winged frontage, inside the church is a model of minimalism making it a very peaceful place to reflect and contemplate. The only exception to the beautiful simplicity inside is the enormous pipe organ.

I recommend going up to the tower for some fabulous 360 degree views across the whole of Reykjavik, the sea and the snow capped mountains beyond.
Written January 30, 2020
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