Hallgrimskirkja
Hallgrimskirkja
4.5
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
12:15 PM - 8:00 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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  • Alex W
    Richmond Hill, Canada98 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking around Reykjavik
    Very unique structure right in downtown Reykjavik. Easy to find during an afternoon walking around in Reykjavik after parking the car in a garage. It was closed when we arrived as it was used for a funeral so we just walk around the city before returning when it was reopened to the public after the funeral
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Thomas K
    Copenhagen, Denmark1,272 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoy the view of all of Reykjavik from the Church Tower
    Entry to the Church is free of charge. If you want to enjoy the view from the Church Tower, the fee is 1300 islandic kroner for an adult. Discounts given for kids and senior citizens. The Church is a landmark of the entire city. And the view from the top is worth the price. The Church has a gift shop on the Ground floor, where you also buy the ticket for the elevator to take you to the top. The area around the Church is interesting too, many galleries and restaurants and shopping just a few feet away.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Yinan W
    Oakland, California16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic
    If you are in Reykjavik you pretty much will walk by tis amazing church. it was amazing to see! I will say that the ride up to the top did not give the best view. If you want the best 360 view of the city, go to the Perlan. The view on the top of the church had small windows and it was so-so. Make sure to try to food trucks out in front. They have some delicious food :)
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Russ855
    Palm Springs, California474 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very plain Lutheran church but a city landmark
    Despite its prominence on the city hill, this is not what I would call a beautiful church or cathedral. It is odd and dramatic to say the least. The poured concrete structure is notable due to its design by the first national architect. Thus, it has significance to the nation's identity. The pipe organ inside is interesting for those musically inclined. It seems to be a meeting spot for many people and is set at the end of the main shopping street in town. You inevitably arrive at it. There is a tower elevator access for a fee. We did not do this, but I am told it gives a fantastic view of the city environs.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Bill C
    Vancouver, Canada4,605 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views from the Tower
    My visit to Hallgrimskirkja was definitely worth it. The large pipe organ inside the church was impressive and there are scenic views of Reykjavik from the church tower. I found the views from the tower were better than the views from Perlan observation deck. It was free entry to the interior of the church but you need to buy a ticket to ride the tower elevator. You buy the elevator ticket from the gift shop inside the church to the left of the entrance. After getting off the elevator at the top, you will still need to walk up a flight of stairs to the observation area. Be aware that the church bells ring every 15 minutes and they are quite loud.
    Visited September 2022
    Written August 6, 2023
  • lotsagoldens
    921 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    Don't miss this iconic church -- even if you only get to see the outside. It took over 40 years to complete. The inside is beautiful in its simplicity. Notice the organ, which has over 5,000 pipes! We took the elevator up to the tower, which gives a panoramic view of the city. (Note that there are still stairs to climb.)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Stacie P
    Windham, New Hampshire121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful unique church
    Beautiful church. This church is very pretty. We approached from the rainbow road making it an even better experience. We did not take the elevator to the top as the line was quite long but the interior is simple and spacious and the outside is so unique. They were working with one of the pipe organs when we were there so watching that was really interesting.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Tom J
    London, United Kingdom1,698 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tallest building in Reykjavik
    It has to be said, this church can be seen from just about anywhere in Reykjavik. As the tallest building it is a great way to get your bearings when walking about the city. The building itself is phenomenal, built with the basalt lava columns in mind, the architectural design is quite unique. There is the opportunity to go in and up to the tower but the queues appeared quite long and as this is the tallest building, everything around it looks tiny.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • irina j
    London, United Kingdom3,551 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting architecture
    We have visited this building on Reykjavik birthday when all museums were open and free for entry. There was a big service inside with organ playing and choir singing. It felt very special. If you’ve never been to Lutheran church before- you might be surprised by how simple and plain all interior is. This church is now the tallest building in town and there is a law that no construction in town should be made higher. It’s also a great landmark as you can see it from all different directions. We didn’t go to the top as run out of time but there is a lift to go to bell tower.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Donald J
    Bellingham, Washington882 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Holy moley
    Beautiful architecture in a concrete church. Huge organ dominates the inside wall, would have loved to hear it play. Elevator took us up eight floors and we got a great overall view of the city.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
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susaq12
Pencoed, UK897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Due to storms we only managed to get a quick visit as they were closing early.
The organist was playing in the most beautiful church where we sat and listened for a while.
We then paid 1,000ISK to go up in the lift each to look at the views from the four sides of the building. The views were spectacular and each one showed a different part of the area.
We then climbed the few stairs to the highest viewpoint which was so windy I only spent a couple of minutes there (I’m not good with heights!)
It’s so pretty here and well worth a visit.
Written January 7, 2020
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Simon H
Salisbury, UK454 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Architecturally designed with Icelands nature in mind, lava pillars and when viewed from the street an outline of a geysir. The organ needs to be seen over 5000 pipes! 1000 per person to go up the tower, it was very windy and very very cold, but it was winter. Great views and photo ops when up there!
Written March 12, 2020
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11Alicat
Sheffield, UK266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Entrance is free. Beautiful modern church not sure if it was built to look like organ pipes, but that's what it looked like to me, very clever if so.
Talking of which there was someone beautifully playing the organ as we arrived and so it gave me an emotional entrance to a stunning building.
The organ pipes inside were incredible.
For £6 you can go up the clock tower and see amazing 360 views of Reykjavik. It was a lovely clear day and we took some fab photos of the city. The clock struck 11:45 while we were up there, we all jumped out of our skin, then burst out laughing at ourselves for being so daft. Queue of about 25 people in front of us, but as the lift takes 6 at a time it was only a few minutes wait and worth it.
I'm not religious but I would recommend a visit.
Written March 6, 2020
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eifioncymru
Caernarfon, United Kingdom333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Lovely looking church which is a must do photo opportunity. Relatively plain inside but with a magnificent organ and as free to enter worth the walk up the hill. You can pay about £5 to go up to the top of the tower in the lift for great view of the city and beyond but due to the weather we didn’t go up the tower.
Written January 9, 2020
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Simon
Romiley, UK226 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The church is fairly central in Reykjavik, up a gentle hill through some colourful streets. It is very imposing and I'm fairly certain like no other church you'll have seen before! It is really appropriate to it's place... very Icelandic! The strong rock feel continues inside, where everything is beautifully modern and minimalistic, but still very impressive and free to enter.

There's a large organ, a nice simple altar with sweeping views out to snow capped mountains, and a tower with stunning panoramas in every direction. It was only 1000isk per adult when we visited in February 2020 which is about £6, so don't be tempted to pay in GBP because then it's £7! The only way up is by lift to floor 8 (via floor 20!) from where you get decent views from glazed windows, but for the best views carry on up the stairs from there and you can see out of tall thin slits with no glass so uninterrupted. There are boxes to stand on up there for shorter people!

There are no toilets in the church so go before or after.

Highly recommended.
Written February 18, 2020
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Michael B
61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We arrived into Reykjavík on a red eye out of Toronto. Left the airport and headed straight here. We ate bfast at Cafe’ Loki across the street and had a beautiful view of the church with the lights still on inside. Got into it early and hardly no wait to go upstairs to the top. Was about $8usd. Great views of the city scape. Could get pics of each side of city. Would recommend getting here early as more and more people showed up the later it got. Church has free parking all the time. Park there if you can and won’t have to pay to park on streets in area. Enjoy
Written March 14, 2020
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Bjohnson3730
Olathe, KS4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I recently visited Reykjavík and Hallgrimskirkja was on my must-do list. I actually walked here from my hotel, which was on the outskirts of the touristy part of the city. Because the street directions change in this area, it took me longer than I thought it would, given the sheer size of the building, to actually find this place.
Be aware this is an actual, functioning church, so please respect people who are worshiping. Also, the lift to the viewing area does cost a little, but it is well worth the price.
Written February 15, 2020
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JillG411
London, UK84 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a beautiful minimalist church and well worth a visit as its shape is so dramatic. The charge to get to the top is quite expensive, which came as a shock. There are no toilets and when we asked, we were directed to the town hall- which is a long way off- not helpful. It is quite good to get an overview of the city from the top but if you are short on funds( and everything is expensive in Iceland) then you could skip the trip to the top and it wouldn't matter.
Written February 6, 2020
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Cindai75
Halle, Belgium25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Beautiful church inside and out, you can buy tickets to go to the tower and enjoy the beautiful view. Tickets cost up to 8 € per person. Inside, there was a lady who played the organ with beautiful music. Fun included. Sometimes there are light shows at night when it is dark, should be very beautiful!
Written February 10, 2020
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neatpete
Newbury, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Having taken around 40 years to build due to using a local firm consisting of the builder and his son, it was definitely worth the wait for the completion of this unique landmark building. Very striking with its famous winged frontage, inside the church is a model of minimalism making it a very peaceful place to reflect and contemplate. The only exception to the beautiful simplicity inside is the enormous pipe organ.

I recommend going up to the tower for some fabulous 360 degree views across the whole of Reykjavik, the sea and the snow capped mountains beyond.
Written January 30, 2020
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