Hallgrimskirkja Church 101 Reykjavik. Daily 9am-5pm, to 9pm in summer. Free; admission fee for tower. The tallest building in town, this architecturally interesting Lutheran church (more than 95% of Icelanders are Lutheran) can be seen from almost everywhere in town. Its interior is stark and filled with light. It features a sweeping two-sided staircase to heaven, or you can take an elevator.
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre Resembling an enormous honeycomb, sun shimmers through the unusual geometric windows. This state-of-the-art building was completed in 2011 and is home to the Icelandic symphony and opera. It also hosts art exhibitions, musical performances, and international conferences. A good restaurant offers a view of the harbor’s icy blue waters.
Höfði House This famous 1909 house is where presidents Mikhail Gorbachov and Ronald Reagan met for the Reykjavik summit in 1986.
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