Part One: Outside Hallgrimskirkja Church
A trip to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik. The landmark church is Reykjavik’s most popular attraction and is a national symbol of Iceland. Centrally located in Reykjavik, the 244ft high church is visible throughout the city. Out front is a statue of the famous Viking explorer Leif Ericson, a gift from the United States that actually predates the church.
Designed by state architect Guðjón Samúelsson, the building melds the best of Iceland’s natural assets into a cathedral design that soars over the city. The design particularly mimics basalt columns found famously around the island. Commissioned in 1937, construction of the church actually lasted 41 years, from 1945 to 1986.
The church is affiliated with the Church of Iceland (Lutheran).
Though the church is beautiful to look at and photograph from the outside, you will also want to visit the church’s observation deck inside where you will find dramatic views of colorful Reykjavik and the surrounding elements.
Hallgrimskirkja Church is open seven days a week though it is closed during services on Sunday. Admission to the observation tower is approximately $10 for adults and $1 for children ages 7-14.
Hallgrimskirkja Church Photos
The statue of explorer Leif Erikson by Alexander Stirling Calder was a gift from the United States in 1930 commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Iceland’s parliament at Þingvellir in 930 AD.
Hallgrimskirkja Church can be seen from many parts of Reykjavik.