Hallgrímskirkja Church

Hallgrímskirkja Church has gotten new lighting, but it has been replaced inside and outdoors.
Now the church will be lit with LED lights, saving energy. Additionally, choosing all the rainbow colours when lighting the church is now possible.

It was proposed that the new lighting would highlight and underline the elegant design of Hallgrímskirkja. The church is named after Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614-1674), Iceland’s greatest hymn poet. The church was designed by the state architect Guðjón Samúelsson (1887-1950) and was built between 1945 and 1986 and one of the capital’s best-known landmarks. It stands at the top of Skólavörðuholt Hill, in the centre of Reykjavík and is the second tallest building in Iceland, 74.5 meters high.

In front of Hallgrímskirkja stands a statue of Leif The Lucky Eiríksson, the first European to set foot on the North American continent in the year 1000.

Looking up Hallgrímskirkja

The south side of Hallgrímskirkja

Armour, artwork by Steinunna Þórarinsdóttir, stands in front of Hallgrímskirkja.

Hallgrímskirkja in all its colourful glory

Reykjavík 31/10/2022 : A7C – FE 1.8/14mm GM

Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson