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. A visit to Hallgrimskirkja represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Reykjavik online travel route planner to plot your vacation.
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Very relaxing place to chill at, the views are so stunning, car park just on the side of the building, it lovely to see the building with snow on it, it so stunning inside also lovely history to look.... more »
Stuning inside and out , pay the money to take lift to the top enclosed viewing platform can see the whole city, worth every penny and in the actual church is beautiful👌🏻❤️ more »
A sight to see. This modern church built out of concrete really impressed me. Entering inside is a must to see the altar but also a visit to the top will give you a 360 view of the city, the airports, glaciers, ocean, and fjords. Beautiful.
Beautiful views over the whole city. Well recommended. It costs about £6 per adult. Didn't get to see the inside of the church as there was a private ceremony taking place.
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