Information, events and services

More information at our english webpage: en.hallgrimskirkja.is

Mass with Eucharist every Sunday at 11 am and Wednesdays at 8 am. 

Meditation with organ music on Thursdays from 12 – 12:30 pm (off for the summer, begins again in September).

English service with holy communion is held every last sunday in the month at 2 pm. Rev. Bjarni Þór Bjarnason is celebrant and preacher. 

Opening hours & admission charge for church tower

Opening hours: Winter (October – April): 9 am – 5 pm, tower open 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Summer (May – September): 9 am – 9 pm, tower open 9 am – 8:30 pm.

Admission to the tower: Adults ISK 1000
Children 7-16 years old ISK 100


Opening hours in Hallgrimskirkja over Christmas and new year 2018 – 2019

23. december, Mass of st. Thorlac: Open from 9 am – 6 pm, tower open 9 – 4:30 but the church itself is closed from 9 am -1 pm due to christmas cleaning.
Meditation service at 5 pm.

24. december, Christmas Eve: Evensong 6 pm.
Midnight service on Christmas Eve 11.30 pm.
Church is only open for mass. Tower closed.

25. december, Christmas day: Christmas service at 2 pm.
Church is only open for mass. Tower closed.

26. december, second in Christmas: Lessons and Nine Carols at 2 pm.
Church is only open for mass. Tower closed.

27. december: Open from 9 am – 5 pm, tower open 9 – 4:30 pm.

28. december: Open from 9 am – 5 pm, tower open 9 am – 4:30 pm.

29. december: Open from 9 am – 5 pm, tower open 9 am – 4:30 pm.

30. december: Open from 9 am – 4 pm, tower open 9 am – 3:30 pm except closed between 10:30 – 12:15 due to service.
Sunday service and Sunday school in Icelandic at 11 am.
English service with holy communion at 2 pm.
Concert 5 pm – Festival sounds at New Years Eve.

31. december, New Years Eve: Open from 10 am – 3 pm, tower open 9 am – 2:30pm
Concert at 4 pm – Festival sounds at New Years Eve.
Evensong at 6 pm.

1. january 2016, New Years day: Festive service at 2 pm.
Church is only open for mass. Tower closed.

2. january: Open from 9 am – 5 pm, tower open 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Everyone is welcome to join services and concerts, but we ask visitors to stay the whole time to avoid disturbance.

Further information is on our dagatal (calendar) about events and closing of the church due ceremonys and on The Friends of Arts society webpage for concerts.


Address: Hallgrímstorg, 101, Reykjavík
Phone: 510-1000
Email: hallgrimskirkja@hallgrimskirkja.is
Email to the pastors: s@hallgrimskirkja.is and irma@hallgrimskirkja.is

Email to the manager: jonanna@hallgrimskirkja.is

Hallgrimskirkja, the Church of Hallgrimur, is a national monument, dedicated to the most renowned religious poet of Iceland, Hallgrímur Pétursson. The parish is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iceland. Hallgrimskirkja towers over the center of Reykjavik, and its 73-meter high tower provides a wonderful view over the entire city. Building work started in 1945, and the church was finally consecrated on October 26, 1986. The state architect, Guðjónn Samúelsson (1887-1950) designed the church. He drew richly on Icelandic traditions and materials. The concert organ was inaugurated in 1992. It was constructed by Johannes Klais Orgelbau in Bonn, Germany. Friends of the Arts of Hallgrimskirkja was founded in 1982 and is the organizer of artistic events in the church. A festival of sacred art is held every second year and the International Organ Summer takes place every year.

Wikipedia on Hallgrimskirkja see this link.