A trip to Reykjavik isn’t complete without a visit to the beautiful Hallgrímskirkja Church. At almost 75 metres tall you can see the church, named after the poet Hallgrímur Pétursson, right across the city, making it one of Reykjavik’s most important monuments.
When you first set eyes on the white concrete of Hallgrimskirkja, designed by architect Guðjónn Samúelsson in 1937 and completed in 1986, you’ll be wowed by its size and unique features. Inspired by the volcanic formations found in Icelandic lava fields, the church is unlike any other on earth, so don’t forget your camera.
Before going inside, spend some time taking photos of the dramatic exterior. Don’t miss the statue of the Viking Leifur Eiriksson, the first European to land on American shores some 500 years before Columbus, which stands in front of the building.
As you step inside, you’ll notice the plain yet striking interior with its high ceilings and simple windows. Your eye will be drawn to the huge 15 metre tall organ, built with an amazing 5,275 pipes and installed in 1992.
For an amazing view of the city, don’t miss a trip up the tower elevators. With just eight people fitting into the lift you may need to queue, but once you’re up there the panorama looking out across the old harbour is well worth the wait.
Choir concerts, organ recitals and services keep Hallgrimskirkja busy all year round. The church also hosts the annual International Organ Summer event, and the Festival of Sacred Arts every other year.