Hallgrimskirkja 3.5 rating


The iconic Hallgrímskirkja is the largest church in Iceland and one of the tallest structures in the country, soaring 73 metres high. Named after Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson who authored Hymns of the Passion, the Evangelical-Lutheran parish church was built in 1945-'86 to designs by Guðjón Samúelsson.

The Expressionist "cliff style" church in the heart of Reykjavik has a tall concrete tower flanked by basalt pilasters of decreasing height, inspired by the shapes formed when lava cools into basalt rock. The bronze portal has a relief of 'four leaves' with an image of Christ on the right and man on the left on a red mosaic background. A crown of thorns is braided around the figures. The interiors feature stained glass panels on the nave doors, pulpit, and baptismal font by Leifur Breiðfjörð. The pulpit panels have verses of Hymns of the Passion and traditional symbols for the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The church houses a gargantuan 15 metre tall pipe organ by the Johannes Klais of Bonn, which weighs 25 tons. In front of the church is a statue of Icelandic explorer Leifur Eiriksson who was the first European to discover America in 1000 AD.

Entry to the church is free. For breathtaking panoramic views over Reykjavik, make you way to the top of the tower, admission for which is ISK 900 for adults, and ISK 100 for children aged 7-14 years. While the tower closes 16:45 in winter, during the summer months of May to September, it is open till 20:45. If you are visiting between June and mid-August, you can also attend organ concerts on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

About Hallgrimskirkja

 Hallgrímstorg 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

 +354 510 1000


Hallgrimskirkja and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile

Harpa(1 km)
Designed by visual artist Olafur Eliasson and Henning Larsen Architects, the Harpa is a breathtaking concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík that is home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera.

Cemetery Holavallagardur

Cemetery Holavallagardur(1.1 km)
Spread over 3 hectares, the Hólavallagarður Cemetery dates back to the 19th century, and has a number of interesting old tombstones, including those of Jón Sigurðssonand Guðrún Oddsdóttir.

Einar Jonsson Museum

Einar Jonsson Museum(0.1 km)
Located atop the Skolavorduhaed hill in Reykjavik, the Einar Jonsson Museum showcases the complete collection of works by the eponymous Icelandic sculptor.

The Sun Voyager

The Sun Voyager(0.7 km)
The Sun Voyager or Sólfar is an iconic sculpture facing Mount Esja on the North Atlantic shore in Reykjavik.

Hofdi House

Hofdi House(1.1 km)
Originally built for French consul Jean-Paul Brillouin in 1909, the Höfði House is now the official reception venue of the City Council.


Domkirkjan(0.8 km)
The Domkirkjan or Reykjavík Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Iceland.

National Museum of Iceland

National Museum of Iceland(1 km)
The National Museum of Iceland explores the history and cultural heritage of Iceland from the Viking settlements of the Middle Ages to the present day.

Aurora Reykjavik

Aurora Reykjavik(1.6 km)
The Aurora Reykjavik is a centre dedicated to Northern Lights, and has an exhibition exploring the history of the phenomenon as well as the myths and legends associated with it.

9 Hallgrimskirkja Tickets and Tours in Reykjavik

Showing 1-9 of 9 Offers