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Hallgrimur's Church (Hallgrimskirkja)

Skolavorduholti | Reykjavik 121
Hallgrimur's Church (Hallgrimskirkja) Photo info
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  • Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Iceland's tallest and largest church is also its most photographed site. Named after the 17th-century hymn writer/church scholar, Reverend Hallgrímur Pétursson, this church took nearly 50 years to complete, beginning in 1945. Frommer's describes its design, as both "primordial and futuristic," and its shape is almost a cross between a glacier and a rocket ship.

One TripAdvisor user highly recommends a visit to Hallgrímur's Church and to one of the free concerts, saying, "The organ is beautiful and the sound is incredible." Others say the only reason to visit is for the awesome view. One such TripAdvisor user says, "I recommend paying the ~$5 fee to go to the tower, even for ten minutes. The view of Reykjavik is gorgeous and much better than at the Perlan."

It is a working church, so you can attend services here; See the website for worship details. But you can also tour the building -- for about $6 USD, you can take an elevator to the top for an amazing view of Reykjavik (from about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily). And from June to August, you can feast your ears on the acclaimed choral and organ concerts.

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