Hallgrímskirkja Reykjavik Reviews
Beautiful view of a beautiful city Jan 11, 2012
I don't get very excited about views, so I was not very driven to look out from the top of this church. The architecture is also not what I typically consider "pretty" or eye-catching. I waited until the end of my trip to visit Hallgrímskirkja, and I'm actually very glad I did.
During my day, the weather was unpredictable and my first attempt to visit Hallgrímskirkja ended in failure! There is a wide open square in front of the church, and the first time I tried to visit was during a blizzard. The wind was so intense that I was almost blown away! I had to turn around and find shelter on a side street before I was able to reach the door.
If at first you don't succeed, try again! I went back to Hallgrímskirkja on the following day, which was clear and beautiful. I paid the small fee of 500kr (approx $4 USD) to go up to the top, then glanced into the sanctuary of the church. The inside was very simple, with white, soaring pillars along the aisles. I could instantly feel the peace inside the sanctuary. I would have walked through, but an individual was praying alone and I chose to head into the tower instead.
The elevator takes you to the 8th level, then you climb a short flight of stairs to the viewing area. There are open spaces on each side of the tower for viewing and taking photos. Because I had waited until the end of my visit, I could recognize many of the buildings, streets and landmarks from the tower. I spent quite awhile just drinking in Reykjavik on my last day there. I also got fantastic pictures!
All in all, visiting Hallgrímskirkja was a great experience. I highly recommend it!
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