Churches Walking Tour of Reykjavik, Reykjavik (Self Guided)

Icelandic churches are unique, and much of the best architecture of Reykjavik can be found at its religious sites. Most churches in Reykjavik do not intrude on the picturesque and dramatic scenery surrounding them. The exception to this rule is Hallgrímskirkja, the most impressive church of the city. This self-guided tour will lead you to the religious sites of Reykjavik:
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Churches Walking Tour of Reykjavik Map

Guide Name: Churches Walking Tour of Reykjavik
Guide Location: Iceland » Reykjavik (See other walking tours in Reykjavik)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: vickyc
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Landakotskirkja

1) Landakotskirkja

Landakotskirkja ("Landakot's Church") is the cathedral of the Catholic Church in Iceland. It is located in the western part of Reykjavík, on the Landakot property. It has a distinctively flat top, as opposed to the standard spire. Its architect is Guðjón Samúelsson, who also built the famous Hallgrímskirkja and the Akureyrarkirkja in Akureyri.

The first Catholic priests to arrive in Iceland after the Reformation were the Frenchmen Bernard Bernard and Jean-Baptiste Baudoin. They bought the Landakot farmstead in Reykjavík and settled there in the early 19th century. They built a small chapel in 1864. A few years later, a small wooden church was erected by Túngata, close to Landakot. After the First World War, Icelandic Catholics saw the need to build a bigger church for the growing number of Catholics. They decided to build a Neo-Gothic church and entrusted the task to the architect Guðjón Samúelsson. After years of construction, Landakotskirkja was finally sanctified on the 23rd of July 1929. It was the largest church in Iceland at the time. Today, Landakotskirkja is a distinct landmark in western Reykjavík. The only Catholic school in Iceland, Landakotsskóli, is located nearby on the same land.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Dómkirkjan (Reykjavík Cathedral)

2) Dómkirkjan (Reykjavík Cathedral) (must see)

The Reykjavík Cathedral (Icelandic: Dómkirkjan í Reykjavík) is the seat of the Bishop of Iceland and mother church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, as well as the parish church of the old city centre and environs.

It was in this Cathedral that Icelandic independence was first officially endorsed by the Lutheran Church of Iceland. Since 1845, members and cabinet ministers of every Alþing parliament (right next door) have gathered here for a service before the annual session. It was also in this church that Iceland's national anthem (also a hymn) was first sung in 1874.

Why You Should Visit:
The nice thing about this church is that there aren't too many buildings close to it thereby allowing you a really good view and opportunity to appreciate it.

Tip:
If you are interested in going in, don't hesitate to try the door!
Open weekdays from 10am to 4pm and for ceremonies during weekends.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fríkirkjan Church

3) Fríkirkjan Church

Fríkirkjan Church is a Free Lutheran church located in the center of Reykjavik on the shore of the picturesque Tjörnin Lake. There are always many seagulls and ducks on the water near the church. The church is characterized by a green roof. In general, the buildings in Reykjavik are of different, rather bright colors. The church was built in 1902 and is constructed of wood covered with metal, a prime example of the Icelandic vernacular tradition.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Church of Hallgrímur

4) Church of Hallgrímur (must see)

Hallgrímskirkja is often considered the most beautiful church in Reykjavik. Its architecture is amazing and is known around the world. It is a very tall structure set on a hill, and it is therefore seen from the far ends of Reykjavik. You can walk around the church to admire its sophisticated architecture. There are also an elevator or a set of stairs that you can take to the top to view the city and its magical skyline.

Tip:
Best to go in the morning if you're short on time, as there are often funerals in the afternoon and both the church & the tower close.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am–9pm, tower closes 8:30pm (May-Sep); 9am–5pm, tower closes 4:30pm (Oct-Apr)
The tower is closed on Sundays from 10:30am–12:15pm during mass at 11am
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Háteigskirkja Church

5) Háteigskirkja Church

Hateigskirkja is a local Reykjavik church, which is part of the state church. It has a very beautiful white color that makes it especially solemn during winter, when there is white snow around. It has two tall spires and two shorter spires. You can see beautiful religious pictures inside the church.
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Laugarneskirkja Church

6) Laugarneskirkja Church

Laugarneskirkja Church is a small, but picturesque church in Reykjavik. It was designed by the architect Gudjon Samuelsson, who helped create many splendid buildings in Reykjavik. The church dates back to 1949. It is especially beautiful at night, when it is illuminated.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Reykjavik for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Reykjavik has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Reykjavik, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.