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Hallgrimskirkja

This landmark church, the tallest building in Iceland, dominates the city from its highest point and is visible on a sunny day from up to 10 miles (16km) away. Named after the 17th-century Icelandic poet, hymn composer and clergyman, Hallrimur Petursson, the church's unusual design represents volcanic basalt columns flanking its towering steeple. It took nearly 40 years to build the edifice, which was finally completed in 1986. In front of the church stands a statue of Leif Eriksson, donated to Iceland by the United States.

Address: At the end of the Skólavörðustígur

Website: www.hallgrimskirkja.is

Telephone: 510 1000

Opening times: Open daily from 9am to 5pm

Admission: Kr500 (adults); Kr100 (children) to access the tower viewing level