Hearing the Organ in Hallgrímskirkja

Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik, Iceland

On Dec 30, my brother and I wandered into Hallgrímskirkja to see the view from the bell tower (which is the first thing any visitor to Reykjavik should do). As luck would have it, we came just in time to listen the rehearsal for the big New Year’s Eve concert featuring 3 trumpets , the timpani and the magnificent organ. The tickets to the event were a bit out of our budget, but thanks to great timing, we were able to catch half an hour of Purcell, Bach, and Vivaldi for free. Purcell is one of my favorite classical composers, and I had never heard the Hallgrímskirkja before, so it was a delightful experience.

The organ was completed in 1992 by German organ builders Johannes Klais. It has 5275 pipes, is 15 meters tall (49ft), and weighs 25 tons! Here’s a little video I made while we were watching:


[This photo is a scan of an unedited film shot taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]

5 thoughts on “Hearing the Organ in Hallgrímskirkja

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  4. Thanks for this! It’s easy to find photos of great organs, not so easy to find audio. Hearing this organ played at a Festal Choral Eucharist is definitely now on my bucket list.

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