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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  • veronica l
    Northumberland, United Kingdom93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views from the top of the tower on a clear day.
    I was visiting the church but as the weather was bright sunny and clear decided to take the lift to the top of the tower. You pay at the desk first then its six people at a time in the lift. You are very quickly there. There is then a staircase to the open viewing area. It is under the bell which is deafening when it rang - but all in all the views over the city and the bay are worth it.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Judy L
    14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A towering structure in Reykjavik
    When visiting Reykjavik, you won’t miss this church. It towers over the city with its distinct architecture and breathtaking exterior. Entrance into the church is free. At certain times throughout the day, you might hear the organ player practice. The interior, however, is rather minimalistic and for a fee you can take a trip up to the bell tower for better views of the city. Heads up - the bells go off every 15 minutes!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Michael H.
    Chester, United Kingdom53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking & stunning
    Wow wow wow. Instantly became one of my favourite buildings in the world. It is stunning from the outside, such a unique look, and then you go inside and take the lift to the top of the tower - breathtaking views for real.
    Visited May 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 April 2023
  • Nelson A
    Oceanside, California9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A magnificent Lutheran church, concert hall and a central landmark
    Beautiful architecture makes excellent use of the religious space with a pipe organ and coral concert hall. The organ is magnificent and well worth spending the time to go for a visit of the church during performances. I was lucky to be there on a Saturday afternoon when the resident organist performed for a couple of hours. Admission is free.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Hannelore H
    United Kingdom271 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning and iconic landmark - must see
    Really amazing and overwhelmingly grand architectural and cultural landmark, a true Icelandic icon reflecting the cold, crisp, laconic cultural style. Looks amazing in any weather, a definite must see. Also provides stunning views of Reykjavik from atop.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 28 April 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia1,689 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic church
    This church must be the most famous building in Iceland. The “curve” created by the basalt columns makes the structure both imposing and elegant. And there’s a view of the city from the bell tower. But there’s no information on site that I could find about the Church or it’s design and construction. And the interior is stark. No adornments at all. If you’ve seen the facade, you’ve seen the site.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 May 2023
  • thebestjourneyyet
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom112 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of Reykjavík!
    Inexpensive way to get great 360 degree views of Reykjavík! This modern Lutheran church is very pretty inside as well as outside. Lift all the way to top then few flights of stairs up to the Bell Tower - bells toll every 15 minutes.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 May 2023
  • Barbara B
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting the tower.
    The church is free to enter. It is plainly embellished with a magnificent organ and few statues giving a peaceful and calm atmosphere. You have to pay to go up the tower - it's by lift - as the views over the city are incredible. Watch out for the bells ringing though - they're VERY loud!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 May 2023
  • 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
    26 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
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Megan F
Saint Paul13 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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catp79
Winchester, UK898 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Beautiful church, inside and out. We didn’t go to the top as there was quite a queue.

Easy to get to but go early to avoid the queues.
Written 11 April 2024
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Ramon G
Milwaukee, WI139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Magnificent! Photos don't do it justice. If I was younger I would've gone to the top, but I was pleased with what I saw from the ground. To see this unusual architecture in the middle of the otherwise humble surroundings in Reykjavik took my breath away. Don't miss it!
Written 10 April 2024
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Angeline
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A beautiful church with an even more beautiful interior. The church is very notable and definitely worth checking out! They also have a small gift shop with some amazing gifts including Christmas ornaments. 10/10 would recommend!
Written 4 April 2024
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Lainie L
New York City, NY225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
You can't miss the church. It towers over everything and everyone.

If you're on Rainbow Street, it's a straight shot to the church.

The building is an incredible, massive structure with no ornamentation, typical of a Lutheran church.

Inside, it's quiet and formal, nothing fancy, which is also expected. It's solemn, quiet, and peaceful despite the hordes of tourists in and outside the church.

For a small price, you can purchase tickets to the tower, take the elevator and climb a set of stairs take photos of the soaring views. I lucked out and had beautiful weather that day, cold but sunny and blue skies.

Be aware it's super duper windy at the top and the bell chimes every 15, 30 and 45 minutes but its brief. I was there for the 2:45 pm tolling.

A must-see for all visitors to Reykjavik!
Written 30 March 2024
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Paul J
Cardiff, UK12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Although this is a magnificent looking building with significant design based on the landscape, such as 75M tall (height of old geyser when erupted) colums (to represent the hexagonal formation of the lava when it comes in to contact with the sea) and the lava flow from the erupting volcano, it is fairly new.

It took 40 years to complete, but when we visited, it was having restoration works carried out to the exterior, which made it very loud inside.

It is extremely bland and grey inside, with only the floor to ceiling organ offering any caricature.

Some interesting facts:

Sadly, the architect that designed the church passed away before its completion, so did not see the final creation.

There is a law that buildings can not reach above the 75M (the height of the top of the cross). There are buildings that exceed this height, but as they have been built lower down, they technically do not exceed the height of the cross on top of the church.

In summary, it is a great focal point and worth ticking off the things to do in Reykjavik
Written 29 March 2024
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Worldexplorer022
Evanston, IL12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Took the elevator to the top the views really were incredible. The church is beautiful. We were lucky to be there while the organist was playing.
Written 27 March 2024
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Andrew M
Derbyshire, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
At the top of the slight hill from rainbow street, well worth the visit. The sun positions change the way the church looks. The massive organ is one to behold.
Written 27 March 2024
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CINDYROSE720
Denver, CO981 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
2024-03. You may park your vehicle on neighboring streets. No appointment is needed.

This is one of Iceland's landmarks so just spare less than an hour to visit this.

The Hallgrímskirkja is open every day of the week from 10 am to 5 pm. The tower is open every day of the week from 10 am to 4:30 pm. But check their website for special event hours that may affect their hours of operation.

Architecture is nice. The piano organ is amazing!

They have a tiny gift shop inside.

We spent about 30 minutes here and walked to the rainbow 🌈 street after.

Have a great visit 😀
Written 26 March 2024
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Janice
Glasgow475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Stunning church. Very unusual building and quite a feature in Reyjavik, make sure and go up top and you’ll get some beautiful views above the city.
Written 26 March 2024
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