At the top of the hill up Skólavörðuholti Street, which intersects Laugavegur, you call see the Hallgríms Church with its 244 feet tall steeple, making it the largest church and 6th tallest structure in Iceland. Completed in 1986, this Lutheran church is named after Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614-1674), a famous Icelandic poet and author of a set of religious poems called "The Passion Hymns", as well as being one of the most influential pastors of his time. Standing boldly with an axe in his hand is a sculpture of the famous Viking Leif Erickson (970-1020), the first known European to discover North America. The sculpture is created by Alexander Stirling Calder, the father of the Alexander Calder that we know for his mobiles and wire sculptures. We arrived prior to opening hours so that we could get some photos of the outside of the church and were able to see the impressive pattern formed by the closed front doors.
The Harpa is home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and provides offices for the Icelandic Opera. There are four concert and convention halls, with the largest holding 1800 people in the audience. As a conference centre, it also offers smaller meeting rooms and state-of-the-art equipment as well as catering services for corporate meetings and functions. The glass design of the Harpa is as spectacular when viewed from the inside as from the outside, and provide stunning views of the surrounding harbor when you stand up close. There are two restaurants on the first and fourth floors as well as gift shops.