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Reykjavik is a destination for nature lovers, a family-friendly location that offers some of nature’s most spectacular views: the northern lights, beautiful blue lagoons, whale watching, horseback riding, air tours, boat trips and kayaking on the coast of the fjords. Every district of the city hosts a number of thermal pools, filled with geothermal heated water, and spas offering the renowned all-Icelandic volcanic treatments. Reykjavik boasts an enchanting blend of old timber houses and contemporary architecture, with a cozy atmosphere, vibrant street life, and the best shopping experience in Iceland.

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Hallgrímskirkja

Hallgrímskirkja

Famous The stunning Lutheran church at the heart of the city

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Another top spot to visit by bike is the landmark memorial church Hallgrimskirkja which towers over the city and shows new visitors directions.

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The stunning Lutheran church at the heart of the city

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Hallgrímskirkja is without a doubt Iceland’s most impressive Lutheran Church, both for its spectacular size and its awesome location that means it can be seen from almost anywhere within Reykjavik.

The church is named after the famous poet and Lutheran minister Hallgrímur Pétursson, who is perhaps the most well-known religious figure in Iceland’s history. Hallgrímskirkja stands at a height of some 75 meters, making it not just the tallest church in the country, but the sixth tallest building in all of Iceland. It’s well worth climbing up to the top, for it affords a truly spectacular panoramic view of the city.

As you might imagine, the church took years to build, beginning in 1945 and not ending until 1986. As such, it strikes many people as being somewhat modern in design, although it contains a rich selection of older religious treasures inside. Among these is the beautiful statue of Jesus Christ, which was created for the church by Einar Jónsson, one of Iceland’s most famous sculptors.

Hallgrímskirkja
Skólavörðuholt, Reykjavík, Iceland 121, Reykjavik
Phone
+354 5 10 1000
Website
hallgrimskirkja.is/