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Take me to church: Mass in Icelandic or English? Your choice

By Staff

  • Hallgrímskirkja church Built on Skólavörðuholt hill the church towers 75 meters (244 feet) over Reykjavík's downtown. On top, you have an observation tower, with probably the best view of the capital and surrounding mountains. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Thinking about going to church during the Holy Week? To experience a church service or a mass in a language that you don’t understand can be a soulful experience, but some churches in Reykjavík also offer services in English and other languages.

If you are staying in central Reykjavík here are four downtown churches.

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Iceland’s only Catholic church, Christ the King Cathedral, is located in a beautiful building at Hávallagata street 14-16. Lutherans can choose between three churches: Hallgrímskirkja, the capital’s most prominent landmark (see above) and the small Reykjavík Cathedral (Dómkirkjan) at Austurvöllur square are owned by the National Evangelical Lutheran Church (to which 80% of Iceland’s population belong), and the Free Church (Fríkirkjan) in Reykjavík, an independent congregation stationed in a lovely old wood and corrugated iron church by Lake Tjörnin (the Pond).

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