I woke up today still buzzing from seeing the Northern Lights the previous night. It was sadly our last day in Iceland and we only had a few hours before we had to head off to the airport. As we were unable to ascend Hallgrímskirkja’s tower the previous day, this was our first stop. Hallgrímskirkja is very unusual looking for a church but I think this is what makes it so spectacular. Though I have to say, given how it looked on the outside, I was disappointed by the interior architecture which was quite bland. Hallgrímskirkja is the tallest church in Iceland, at 73m, and the 6th tallest architectural structure in the country. In front of the church is a statue of Leif Ericson, an explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America. The stature is thought to have been a gift from the USA.
We purchased our tickets to ascend the tower, which is mostly by lift with a couple of flights of stairs at the top. Being up here gave 360° views across Reykjavik. It was amazing to be able to see a bird’s eye view of the whole city. It was bitterly cold up there though!
After visiting Hallgrímskirkja we headed into town to do some shopping. The only thing I bought myself was a t-shirt that had a T-Rex on it with the caption, “If you’re happy and you know it clap your…. oh!” It made me laugh. It was then time to head back to the hostel and await our bus to take us to the airport. I couldn’t help but feel sad that our trip was over but to me, that’s a sign of a good holiday! I already want to go back and visit again, perhaps in the Spring or Autumn as I think it would be a completely different country at those times of the year.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts on Iceland and if you have missed any you can catch up with them here.