Hallgrimskirkja Memories

Main alter in Hallgrimskirkja.

Main alter in Hallgrimskirkja.

What a stunning building. It took my breath away many times.

Hallgrimskirkja is the parish church and national sanctuary of Iceland. The church is named after the 17th-century clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson, author of Hymns of the Passion. I recall snapping a photo of one of his poems on display inside the parish church. Here is the photo of the poem:


Passion Verse

It is the most prominent building in Reykjavík. You can’t miss glimpses of this church while exploring Reykjavík and it calls to you from every street corner. I visited the church twice, once as the sun was setting and again the following day. If there is a garden, I will find it and Hallgrimskirkja did not disappoint me with a charming garden tucked away in a small corner of the church. The design is absolutely mesmerizing, I spent a lot of time trying different angles to photograph and tripping over a memorial or two. This is a place where you can easily spend time exploring the fascinating layers of this parish church.  Quick tip – The view from the top of the spire is worth a look. One of my favorite photos from this trip was taken from this vantage point.

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After touring Hallgrimskirkja, walk over to Cafe Loki  and enjoy a cup of coffee with an outstanding view.



View from Cafe Loki

View from Cafe Loki



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  • Beautiful photos of one of the most unique church I’ve ever seen! State Architect Guðjón Samúelsson’s designed the Hallgrimskirkja to resemble the basalt lava flows that are a part of Iceland’s landscape. It took from 1945 to 1986 to complete the construction of the church. Cool gift from the people of the United States of that statue of Leif Eriksson to the people of Iceland! He was one of my childhood heroes.