Information, events and services

More information at our english webpage:

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

Meditation with organ music on Thursdays from 12 – 12:30 pm.

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

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.


Opening hours in Hallgrimskirkja during Lent and and Easter 2019

Palm Sunday 14th April: Open from 9am – 5pm, tower open 9am – 4:30pm.
Mass at 11 am: Pastors: Irma Sjöfn Óskarsdóttir and Sigurdur Arni Thordarson. The Motet-Choir of Hallgrimskirkja sings. Guest-choir Alumni from Clare College, Cambridge, England. Conductor Graham Ross. Organist Björn Steinar Sólbergsson. Sunday-school: Inga Harðardóttir, youth coordinator.
Tower is closed between 10:30 – 12:15.

Monday 15th April: Open from 9am – 5pm, tower open 9am – 4:30pm.

Tuesday 16th April: Open from 9am – 5pm, tower open 9am – 4:30pm.

Wednesday 17th April: Open from 9am – 5pm, tower open 9am – 4:30pm.

Maundy Thursday 18th April: Open from 9am – 5pm, tower open 9am – 4:30pm.
20 pm: Mass and Gethsemane-meditation. Pastor Sigurdur Arni Thordarson. Schola cantorum sings. Conductor and organist Hörður Áskelsson.

Good Friday 19th April: Open from 9am – 6pm, tower open 9am – 5.30pm
11 am: Good Friday service. Pastor Irma Sjöfn Óskarsdóttir. Organist Björn Steinar Sólbergsson. Hallgrimskirkja Motet-Choir sings. Heiðdís Hanna Sigurðardóttir, soprano sings.

Tower is closed between 10:30 – 12:15.

Reading of the Hymns of the Passion from 1pm – 6:30pm: Hymns of the Passion by Hallgrímur Péturson will be read and inbetween readings will music be played.

Saturday 20th April: Open from 9am – 5pm, tower open 9am – 4:30pm.

Easter Sunday 21st April: Open from 7,30am – 1pm. Tower closed
8am: Mass. Pastors: Sigurdur Arni Thordarson and Irma Sjöfn Óskarsdóttir. Hallgrimskirkja Motet-Choir sings. Conductor Hörður Áskelsson. Organist Björn Steinar Sólbergsson.

11am: Mass. Pastors Irma Sjöfn Óskarsdóttir and Sigurdur Arni Thordarson. Hallgrimskirkja’s Motet-Choir sings. Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson. Organist: Björn Steinar Sólbergsson.
Sunday school: Inga Harðardóttir, youth co-ordinator.

Easter Monday April 22nd: Open from 9am – 5pm, tower open 9am – 4:30pm.
Mass 11am. Pastor Irma Sjöfn Óskarsdóttir. Hallgrímskirkja Motet-Choir sings.
Organist: Guðmundur Sigurðsson. Coffee after service.                          Tower is closed between 10:30 – 12:15.

Thursday 23rd April: Tower closed to 1th of June due to installation of a new elavator. Tower will then be closed from 23th April to 1th of June.

The tower is closed when there is a service/mass and the church is then only open for service guests.

Address: Hallgrímstorg, 101, Reykjavík
Phone: 510-1000
Email to the pastors: and

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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.