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Hallgrímskirkja

One of the world’s oddest and most architecturally interesting churches, the Hallgrímskirkja is a working Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland, that is the city’s tallest structure at 74.5 metres. Named after the author of the Passion Hymns, Hallgrímur Pétursson, the church, which took 38 years to build, was completed in 1974. Located in the city centre, Hallgrímskirkja is visible throughout the beautiful Scandinavian city. The church’s architecture is supposed to represent the volcanic basalt rock formations that make up much of Iceland’s rare and peculiar terrain.

  • Walk up or take a lift to the church’s observation tower to see a spectacular view of Reykjavík and the surrounding mountainous area.
  • Don’t miss Hallgrímskirkja’s massive pipe organ that is 15 metres tall, weighs 25 tons, and has four manuals, 102 ranks, 72 stops, and no less than 5275 pipes.
  • Commemorate explorer Leif Erickson, who discovered Iceland and North America 500 years before Columbus set foot in the New World, with a visit to his statue directly in front of the church in Reykjavík.

Reykjavík has a minimal bus system and no light rail or subway system. However, public bus transportation is available to Hallgrímskirkja through the Landspítal inn stop near the Landspítali Hospital and the University of Iceland. Buses are operated by Strætóbs and run at approximate 30-minute intervals. International visitors can reach Hallgrímskirkja through Keflavík International Airport, located 50 km to the southwest of the capital along the coast, with flights to seven destinations in the United States, two in Canada, and 30 cities throughout Europe. Transportation between the airport and the city is best via car or through Iceland Excursions' Airport Express or Reykjavik Excursions Kynnisferðir's Flybus services.

Hotels near Hallgrimskirkja

53 hotels near Hallgrimskirkja

1 Hotel Odinsve

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

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Featuring elegant accommodations and sleek interiors situated in a peaceful district in the city centre, Hotel Odinsve makes for a tranquil base for discerning travellers visiting the bustling... More

2 CenterHotel Plaza Reykjavik

3 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

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Hotel Plaza Reykjavik provides an ideal comfort and the location as well as welcomes you to enjoy the city to the fullest. GeneralThe ideal location for conducting your business, Hotel Plaza... More

3 CenterHotel Skjaldbreid Reykjavik

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

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The quality accommodation, attentive service and friendly atmosphere offered by this hotel makes it an ideal place to reside whether you are visiting Reykjavik for business or pleasure. ... More

4 Hotel Fron

3 stars
3.8 / 5 5 reviews

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Fron Hotel Reykjavik provides travellers contemporary living positioned in the major shopping, art and culture district in this part of Iceland. From the chic Reykjavik hotel, tourists can venture... More

5 CenterHotel Arnarhvoll Reykjavik

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

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Hotel Arnarhvoll Reykjavik offers fine location, friendly service and view overlooking the Reykjavik Bay and the mountain ridges. It is also accessible for exploring the historic centre, shops,... More

6 CenterHotel Thingholt Reykjavik

4 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews

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Renovated from a 1943 printing factory, CenterHotel Thingholt Reykjavik welcomes business and leisure travellers to its luxurious boutique-style accommodations that combine modern design and... More

7 Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

4 stars
4.7 / 5 10 reviews

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Offering an utmost comfort, convenience and quality service, this property makes you to feel at home. GeneralTOP CityLine Hotel Reykjavik Centrum offers well-equipped meeting rooms that can... More

8 Welcome Apartments Reykjavik

3 stars
3.0 / 5 5 reviews

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Whether in Reykjavik for business or leisure, travellers find an ideal base at Welcome Apartments Reykjavik with minimalist modern accommodations and easy access to cultural attractions and... More

9 Home Luxury Apartments

4 stars
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Explore the Ireland capital with ease by setting base at the tastefully designed spaces of Home Luxury Apartments strategically set in a central location. This Reykjavik hotel places discerning... More

10 Hotel Holt

4 stars
3.8 / 5

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Offering a refined combination of comfortable elegance and efficiency, the Hotel Holt is an ideal place for business and leisure patrons alike. GeneralThe Hotel Holt is an excellent choice for... More