Hallgrímskirkja (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈhatl̥ˌkrimsˌcʰɪr̥ca], Church of Hallgrímur) is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. At 74.5 metres (244 ft) tall, it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in the country. Known for its distinctively curved spire and side wings, it has been described as having become an important symbol for Iceland's national identity since its completion in the 1980s. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and cleric Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614–1674), author of the Passion Hymns.
Situated on the hilltop Skólavörðuholt near the centre of Reykjavík, the church is one of the city's best-known landmarks and is visible throughout the city. State Architect Guðjón Samúelsson's design of the church was commissioned in 1937. He is said to have designed it to resemble the trap rocks, mountains and glaciers of Iceland's landscape, in particular its columnar basalt "organ pipe" formations (such as those at Svartifoss). The design is similar in style to the expressionist architecture of Grundtvig's Church of Copenhagen, Denmark, completed in 1940, which has been described as a likely influence, alongside the expressionist Kirche am Hohenzollernplatz in Berlin, Germany (completed in 1933).
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Alex Dyne | Jan 26, 2018
Although an impressive structure, this was not really to my liking. It was impressive to walk up to, and the scale is impressive, but cast concrete really doesn't do it for me - I am rather spoilt with the older and beautiful churches and cathedrals of England, so this as at odds in terms of architecture and spartan adornment. Although I do like minimalism in architecture, it did not strike me as particularly welcome as tend to find churches. However, it was replete with the appropriate peacefulness one would expect of a holy place, and there were some rather wonderful features such as the font and the ceiling is impressive. However, I didn't get the Palm tree lurking in the corner... The views from the tower are impressive, and I could not capture a good enough picture to fully embody the view - Iceland has a stark beauty that can be seen from every angle of the tower, but the pictures do not do it justice. The view is only really accessible if you can squeeze yourself in to the rather small "windows", so may not be suitable for some.
Sam Soh | Feb 21, 2018
This is one beautiful church; simple, spacious and great reference point. Strongly recommend visiting and go up to view while in Reykjavik. This place is kept up nicely warm during the snowy December and the photos reflect the lucky view we experienced outside.
sandro da silva | Feb 8, 2018
This one of the few places where parking is free. The largest church in Iceland. Stands at 74.5 m (244 ft). It is a Lutheran church. It is right in the centre of Reykjavik. Nice place to go to just before midnight on New year's eve to watch the fireworks. It is a very good reference point.
Dan Minster | Mar 5, 2018
Such a beautiful building made out of concrete. the inside is also spectacular. Unfortunately we did not have time to go to the top of the tour, but would recommend. Keep in mind this costs extra (to walk in and look at the inside of the church is free); and reminder that on Sundays, around midday, the elevator to the top is closed during mass.
Gilles Fines | Feb 25, 2018
I'm not really sure what all the hubub is about. It's cool or whatever, but I've seen cooler. The St. Louis monument, the Statue of Liberty and other iconic structures sure beat this one. So if you are in Iceland and don't have a lot of time, spend your precious minutes doing something else.
Alex Petty | Mar 19, 2018
A stunning church that feels like it should be a cathedral. Positioned near to the centre of town, this is well worth a visit. The facade is very impressive and the overall simple design makes for a photogenic building. The inside structure has clear lines and is also worth seeing. Entrance to the church is free - worth checking online if there is a service. We took the lift and the few flights of stairs to the top of the tower. The observation room gives stunning views over Reykjavik and beyond - well worth the 1000isk per person.
Kevin Grimshaw | Mar 9, 2018
Huge church in Reykjavik. Took over 40 years to finish building it and it is well worth it. Really beautiful inside. We were lucky enough to have someone playing the organ while we were there and it sounded magnificent. You can pay to go up to the top of the tower for excellent views over the city and I would say it was money well spent.
Lizzie McLean | Apr 2, 2018
Beautifully designed church, it's huge so you can spot it from nearly anywhere in the city. The Leif Erikson statue out front adds an extra bit of awesome to this church. It's located in the center of Reykjavik so it's not too far a walk from anywhere and is surrounded with cool shops and restaurants. Definitely worth the short walk to view.
Nit Jay | Mar 31, 2018
A stunning church. The location of this church is great as it is a great midpoint and walk able from most of the air bnbs and hotels. If you do any tours in Iceland this is usually the pick up and drop off point which is nice as it easily found. You can also go into the church for a small fee and the views from above are absolutely breathtaking.
張智堯 | Apr 8, 2018
One of the must-visit site in Reykjavik. Simple but stunning design makes it a good place for photography. I was so lucky to witness northern lights above the church. That view will never be forgotten during my life. It is certainly worth a visit. Also, its location is quite convenient, easy to access and find.
Mike Cossette | May 5, 2018
Just rating the building here... This Church is on top of one of the higher hills in Reykjavik, and it's incredible spire must be 25 stories tall. A terrific landmark that can be spotted from anywhere in the city. The spartan concrete design reflects Iceland well!
Ashley Peterson | Jun 3, 2018
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
Hillary Murphy | Jun 11, 2018
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.
Neil Macleod | May 10, 2018
This church can be seen from miles around as it is by far the tallest structure in the city and on the top of a small hill in the city centre. Entry to the church is free, but to gain access to the bell tower, you have to pay for a ticket. A lift will take you to the lower bell tower floor, but access to the higher level is by stair case only and this upper area is where you can enjoy the spectacular views over the city and surrounding countryside. The bells ring every 15 minutes and are quite loud! At weekends, queues can be very long and the tower crowded. If you can visit midweek, it is very quiet and you can spend longer admiring the views.
Róbert Fenyvesi | May 16, 2018
One must see the city from the church tower it only took 1000 ISK. It has an outstanding view point for the whole city. When I was there a young guy played the organ. It gave a huge plus for the feeling. The inside of the church is very simple but elegant and one can really focus on his/her thoughts. It is a very good place to rest a little and then continue the city tour with new energy.
Duncan Phin | May 30, 2018
Very distinctive architecture on the outside of the church. For a fee you can take a lift to the top of the tower form where you get a panoramic view of Reykjavik. A good starting place for a visit to the capital to get your bearings or simply to admire the views.
Anandhi Chandran | Jul 10, 2018
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.
Fabricio Marquez | Jul 2, 2018
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.
Heather Gandre | Jun 18, 2018
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!
Cynthia P | Aug 9, 2018
The church has a large pipe organ. The main attraction is the tower with a great view of the city. While you can visit the church for free, you pay a fee (about $10 US) to go into the tower. An elevator takes you up several floors and then you take a couple of easily navigable flights to the top. The view is great (weather permitting)
Josh Hellewell | Aug 14, 2018
A unique setting in Iceland. The experience was all the better as we sat and listened to the organist play a variety of hymnal songs. Any cathedral of this size has an elegance and beauty no matter the manner of architecture or decor within. Highly recommend checking it off your list when you visit.
Myu Lisbeth | Aug 1, 2018
Very beautiful church. One of the most stunning buildings I've seen in the world. Sounds wonderful when it chimes. Close to everything in Reykjavik, lots of local places to eat / drink and beautiful views. You can go inside the church for free and the gift shop. Has an organ (musical instrument) inside, stained glass windows, pews to sit and pray or to take in the atmosphere / relax . 1000 króna to climb the tower, you go up in a lift, and there are also stairs. At the top of the tower you can view from all angles and there are windows with bars (a bit like a prison) and you can view and take photos, if you put your phone / camera lens through the bars you can take photographs without the bars in the way of the photo. You can take photos anywhere you like in the church and in the tower. Recommended place to visit
Nicollo Abe | Aug 7, 2018
The white symmetrical interiors of this church invites all visitors into the nave. Looking behind sits a massive organ that hangs on top of the main entry. The simple and clean look of this church enchants visitors with calm emotions. Bonus points to the clever church pew designs, the backrest can be switched so that attendees can view the organ/main entrance instead of the front.
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