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.
Tours To Hallgrimskirkja
Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $50
Duration: 3 hours
Mountain Helicopter Tour with Summit Landing from Reykjavik BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $267
Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
A beautiful icon of the city! A must-see when touring the city of Reykjavik! Don't go on a Sunday as the elevator will be closed due to mass in session. We took photos on the outside when we arrived..... more »
Stunning from the outside. Simply beautiful inside. Go up the tower for the most amazing views of Reykjavik. Loved it. Just check out quickly the sculpture park to the east. 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.
Places to stay near Hallgrimskirkja
Plan your trip to Reykjavik
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from Reykjavik
Hidden gems in Reykjavik
See all ›
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Reykjavik
Duration:1 h 30 min
Duration:2 h 30 min
Plans to Hallgrimskirkja by other users
16 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Reykjavik BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, romantic, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium