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Hallgrímskirkja Church

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by Thomas Sylva (subscribe)
International travel enthusiast and expat from New Zealand, currently living in Germany.
Published March 29th 2017
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No visit to Reykjavik is complete without a visit to the iconic Hallgrímskirkja Church. This famous piece of expressionist architecture stands 73m above central Reykjavik and is among the tallest structures in Iceland.

Despite being the largest church in Iceland and one of the highest buildings, as Iceland has such a small population the building is actually quite small. This doesn't subtract from the experience as the curious architecture and amazing views from the top will leave you in awe.

Entrance to the tower is a small fee of ISK 900 and ISK 100 for children. As Reykjavik is quite a small city and there are very few buildings standing above two or three stories, from the top you have an extensive and uninterrupted view of the city and beyond. As you are only 73m in the air, you can still see very clearly everything that is happening on the ground, and it is very easy to lose twenty minutes to people watching as the locals meander through the streets and the tourists stand below you, taking photos. The houses in Reykjavik stand out against the often grey sky as little bright bursts of iridescent colour and the ocean stretches far beyond the horizon.

The church is within walking distance of almost all of the city and is easy to find as it stands above the rest. Be sure to include this on you itinerary of Iceland as for such a small price, even just twenty minutes will leave you with an unforgettable view.
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Why? Expressionist architecture and fantastic views
When: Summer 9.00 - 21.00, Winter 9.00 - 17.00
Where: Reykjavik
Cost: ISK 900 adults, ISK 100 children
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