Iceland: Famous Hallgrimskirkja Church

Entrance to Hallgrimskirkja Church

Entrance to Hallgrimskirkja Church

Statue of Leif Eriksson in Front of Hallgrimskirkja Tower

Statue of Leif Eriksson in Front of Hallgrimskirkja Tower

Pipe Organ with 5,275 Pipes

Pipe Organ with 5,275 Pipes

Candelabra Inside Church

Candelabra Inside Church

Icelandic Pancakes Nearby

Icelandic Pancakes Nearby

A prominent feature of Reykjavik’s skyline is Hallgrimskirkja Church.  It is the largest church in Iceland and contains a pipe organ with 5,275 pipes.  The outside of the building is fortified with cement to withstand the fierce storms of winter.  Its design reflects the volcanic basalt columns found in nature.  In front of the church stands a statue of Leif Eriksson – Viking hero and first European to visit America.  The statue was a gift from the United States in 1930 to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of the Icelandic Parliament (Althing).  The inside of the church has soaring columns that beautifully enhance the sound of a choir singing.  More info about Hallgrimskirkja is at:  en.hallgrimskirkja.is

Before an afternoon concert there we enjoyed fluffy Icelandic pancakes at Café Loki across the street.  The pancakes are similar to a crepe filled with light-as-air whipped cream.  The hot chocolate has whipped cream so buttery thick that it barely melts!  Mmmmmm. 

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