My last stop the day we left Iceland was the Hallgrímskirkja Church in downtown Reykjavik. It took 41 years to build the church, starting in 1945 and finally ending in 1986. I don’t know what I was expecting inside the church, but honestly it blew me away. So many churches now are so cheesy and have tons of banners and stuff everywhere. I love it when a church lets the structure and the beauty of the architecture speak for itself. The inside of the church is STUNNING.
The view from the top is also beautiful. There are windows on each side so you can get a 360-degree view of Reykjavik.
A few tips if you are planning to visit this church when in Iceland:
You do have to buy a ticket to go up to the top. I think it was around $8. There is only one small, slow elevator. I was there pretty early on a Monday morning and there was a line for the elevator because only a certain number of people can fit on it. So you’ll have to wait in line to go up to the top. Then once you get to the top, you have to wait in line again to get back down. So what I thought would take me 10 minutes to go up and down, took 30.
Also once you get up to the top, it is very windy. It was also very cold. I was there in September, so maybe in July it wouldn’t be as bad, but it was freezing. Much colder than just walking around downtown. The wind is pretty fierce so my eyes were watering. But it’s definitely worth the time and cold, I would just be sure to wear a coat, scarf, gloves, and sunglasses.
See a quick video of the view from the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church here:
Photos and video by Meg Biram. Do not use without written permission.