June 13, 2016

Opening hours and the tower

Hallgrímskirkja is the largest church in the country, and towers over the centre of Reykjavík. Its 73-metre-high tower provides a wonderful 360° view over all Reykjavík, the mountains around and the ocean streaching west to Greenland and the Americas. Because of this, the tower is among the most visited tourist destinations in Reykjavík.

Tower admission

Adults: ISK 1000
Children: ISK 100 (ages 7-16)

Tickets are sold in the church-shop. 

Access to the tower is only by elevator. At the top there are a few steps to the open-air viewing platform.

Opening hours

Winter (October – April): 09:00 – 17:00, tower closes 16:30.
Summer (May – September): 09:00 – 21:00, tower closes 20:30.

Because of the 11am mass on Sundays the tower is closed from 10:30 – 12:15.

Hallgrímskirkja is an active, working church and sometimes we close the church without notice, due to weddings, funerals or other church-events.

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 calendar about events and closing of the church due ceremonys and on The Friends of Arts society webpage for concerts.


Opening hours in Hallgrimskirkja over Christmas
and new year 2019-2020

23rd December, Mass of st. Thorlac: Open from 9am – 1pm, tower open 9am – 12:30pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

30th December: Open from 9 am – 5 pm, tower open 9 am – 4:30 pm.
Concert 8 pm – Festival sounds at New Years Eve.

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

1st January 2020, New Years day: Festive service at 2 pm.
Church is only open for mass. Tower closed.

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