Visiting Hallgrimskirkja Church – Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland seems to be the place to go at the moment, but it has been on my list of places to visit for the longest time. The magical landscapes and the short flight seriously grabbed my attention for a long weekend.

Grabbing an early flight leaving Manchester at 07.20 meant we landed at Keflavik airport at 10.30, it’s only a 45min drive to Reykjavik. We arrived at our hotel by lunch, decided to drop our cases and head straight out into Reykjavik. It was around a 30min walk into town, which was easy to navigate even if a little slippy underfoot.

Hallgrimskirkja Church Golden Hour Light

Hallgrimskirkja Church

Visiting the Hallgrimskirkja Church to see the iconic views over Reykjavik with the colourful houses in neat rows, was high on my list to visit and it’s easy to see why. It is the largest church in Iceland and when you reach the top of the Tower the views are spectacular. The tower can be seen from almost everywhere in Reykjavik, serving as a landmark for the town but also for the 1000’s of tourists that visit every year.

The church is a relatively new building with construction completed in 1986, it is home to the largest concert organ in the country which is pretty impressive by its self.

There is a small lift that fits 6 people and this takes you up to the top of the tower, there are then a flight of stairs to take you to the view platforms. There can sometimes be a queue to reach the top of the tower depending on how busy it is.

View From Hallgrimskirkja Church Golden Hour Light

It is chilly at the top so make sure to wrap up warm to stay and enjoy the views.


Entry to the Hallgrimskirkja Church is Free
Entry to the Tower is currently 1000isk for Adults (approx.. £7, $10)
Entry to the Tower is currently 100isk for 7-14 year olds (Approx. 70p, $1)

Hallgrimskirkja Church Golden Hour Light

Is it worth visiting?

For the relatively low admission fee to the tower, most definitely yes. We spent a good ½ hour at the top of the tower watching the world go by below our feet. To my knowledge there is nowhere in the city that you can get views like this for free. Even the Purlan observation deck isn’t free anymore.