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Hallgrímur's Church (Hallgrímskirkja)

#6 in Best Things To Do in Reykjavik

Hallgrímur's Church (Hallgrímskirkja) picture in Reykjavik
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  • Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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Iceland's tallest and largest church is also its most photographed site. Named after 17th-century hymn writer and church scholar Reverend Hallgrímur Pétursson, this church took nearly 50 years to complete, with construction on it starting in 1945. The shape of the futuristic structure is a cross between a glacier and a rocket ship.

Recent travelers recommended visiting Hallgrímur's Church to snap photos of the gorgeous structure and listen to the organ playing during free lunchtime concerts on Thursdays and Saturdays. Many also suggest paying 900 Icelandic króna ($9) to ride an elevator up to the top of the church. There, you'll find 360-degree views of Reykjavik.

Hallgrímur's Church is a working church, so you can attend free services on Sundays. If you'd rather skip sitting in on a worship service, you can visit daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (or until 9 p.m. from May to September) when mass is not in session. There are no entrance fees for this attraction. Complimentary choir and organ performances are also occasionally hosted here, and restrooms and a gift shop are available inside. Free parking is provided on-site, but you can also walk to the church from central Reykjavik and Laugavegur. More information about Hallgrímur's Church is provided on the attraction's website.

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