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 2 June 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Gary W
    Richmond, Australia870 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 7 June 2023
  • VinnieLondon
    Doha, Qatar12,712 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 June 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 June 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 3 July 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 5 July 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 6 July 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
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ThreeStarDave
72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A striking modern church, poised on a hill where it serves as a reference point across the city, with lovely views in all directions.

The architecture of the church -- built between 1945 and 1986 -- is quite distinctive and stark, cast in concrete rather than stone or other materials. The inside of the church is just as remarkable -- almost painfully naked concrete and lack of decor or color, feeling like a black and white sketch of a cathedral, save for the few intermittent points of color and furniture.

Of note are the statue of Jesus by the entrance doors, the altar and pulpit, the lovely baptismal font, the lady chapel to the left of the altar, and the different organs and pipework for same.

The other half of the visit is to the bell tower, which provides great views of Reykjavik in all directions, for a small charge.

All in all, a great place to visit when coming to the city.
Written 20 May 2024
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Trail37012926755
March, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A very interesting church. We took the lift to the top of the tower. Views were amazing, the weather helped as it was a beautiful day. We then came down and went into the church itself.
Written 2 May 2024
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joumina17
206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
a well known big church which tower can be seen from everywhere in Reykjavik. It is not historic, rather a new church. We visited the tower: elevator then 32 stairs. Nice views of all Reykjavik. In front of the church there is a statue of Leifur Eiricson. He discovered Vinland (in north America)
Written 28 April 2024
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Piotr M
Warsaw, Poland1,097 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This is a very impressive and modern church in the centre of Reykjavik, visible from a distance, the interior is modern and modest
Written 24 April 2024
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K Pastore
Hinsdale, IL680 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Since this is the number one site to see while in the city we had to take a look. It is definitely a concrete jungle all around. It is a site to be seen and the rainbow road leading to it is a highlight if you take that route. We did not feel the need to go to the top. This history and representation is interesting.
Written 23 April 2024
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CaroM&@
Sao Paulo, SP22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Astonishing view!! You can see the whole city from the top!! Just be careful with your phone/ camera due to the wind gusts ;)
Written 21 April 2024
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Jai G
Hadleigh, UK283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is an amazing part of architecture, we didn’t get to go inside because there was things going on, but it is still nice to walk around. One thing that I found amazing was how much of a focal point it is, even coming back for whale watching we could see it.
Written 21 April 2024
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA1,475 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Hallgrímskirkja is the largest Church in Iceland. It is the Lutheran Church of Iceland. Many tourists come to visit the church because of its uniqueness and the amazing organ which has 5,275 pipes. It is the tallest building in Reykjavik. History states that it took 41 years to build this church whose names came from a pastor and poet of Iceland. Many Icelandic people believed it was not aesthetically pleasing however, I believe that the Icelandic people have come to appreciate this vast structure known as Hallgrímskirkja.
Initially, I did not plan on visiting however, as we were looking for a restaurant we decided to enter. The church’s organ was very impressive and we were happy that we decided to venture inside. My son was so impressed with Hallgrímskirkja that he completed a school project on the church in February.
Written 20 April 2024
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Miki P
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Stunning sight of new arches, easy accessible and surrounded by great food options. I recommend seeing at night time and day time.
Written 18 April 2024
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Megan F
McKinney, TX84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The church is pleasing to the eye but the true beauty is seen from the bell tower. So, pay for a ticket and head up! You get to see all of downtown Reykjavik, the bay, and the surrounding mountains from this spot.

Be cautious of the time: the bells are loud when they ring!
Written 12 April 2024
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