If you’re travelling to Iceland during Easter, you might want to know where you can attend a church service. We have put together some helpful tips to help you find church services in Iceland throughout the holy week.


Visit Hallgrímskirkja Church on a Reykjavík Tour.


Iceland first adopted Christianity around the year 1000 AD, although the history of Christianity here goes back much further. Irish settlers who came here at least 100 years before the Norse were practising Christians.

In modern-day Iceland, the country has over 250 churches. Iceland’s national church is The Evangelical Lutheran church, although there are places of worship for several other denominations.

Currently, there are places of worship for Lutherans, Evangelical Christians, Muslims, Jewish people, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehova’s Witnesses, Pentecostals, Baptists, Buddhists and Iceland’s Pagan Church, Ásatrú.


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There are also some religious organisations that provide services in languages other than Icelandic. There are large groups of Polish, Russian and Spanish people living in Iceland and many of them attend church services offered in their respective languages.

Below are some of the religious organisations in Reykjavík holding services in English and some other languages if you are looking for a place to worship and pay respects over the week of Easter.

International Congregation of the National Church of Iceland

Háteigskirkja Church in Reykjavík

Háteigskirkja Church in Reykjavík

This church isn’t solely housed in one location. It was developed to service the needs of immigrants and refugees in Iceland. Services are held within this organisation on behalf of the National Church of Iceland, and the program is headed by Toshiki Toma, Minister for immigrants in Iceland. For more information on the international congregation, you can contact the organisation here

Hallgrímskirkja (Lutheran Church)

Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík

Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík

Most of the services in this church are in Icelandic. However, the church is open to the public throughout the day if they wish to pay respects outside of service.

All mass services in Hallgrímskirkja are followed by musical services which are inspiring and entertaining even if the language sung in is not your own. The tower is also an excellent spot to get a view over the city of Reykjavík.

Palm Sunday 14th April

Open 9am – 5pm

Tower open 9am – 4:30pm

Mass: 11 am

The tower is closed between 10:30am – 12:15pm

Monday 15th April

Open: 9 am – 5 pm

Tower open: 9 am – 4:30 pm

Tuesday 16th April

Open: 9am – 5pm

Tower open: 9 am – 4:30 pm

Wednesday 17th April

Open: 9 am – 5 pm

Tower open: 9 am – 4:30 pm

Maundy Thursday 18th April

Open: 9 am – 5 pm

Tower open: 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Mass and Gethsemane-meditation: 8 pm

Good Friday 19th April

Open: 9 am – 6 pm

Tower open: 9 am – 5.30 pm

Good Friday service: 11 am

The tower is closed between: 10:30 am – 12:15 pm

Reading of the Hymns of the Passion from 1 pm – 6:30 pm: Hymns of the Passion by Hallgrímur Péturson will be recited and in between readings music will be played.

Saturday 20th April

Open: 9 am – 5 pm

Tower open: 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Easter Sunday 21st April

Open: 7:30 am – 1 pm

Tower closed: 10:30 am – 12:15 pm

Mass: 8 am & 11 am

Easter Monday 22nd April

Open: 9 am – 5 pm

Tower open: 9 am – 4:30 pm

Mass: 11 am                            

The tower is closed between 10:30 am – 12:15 pm

Halgrímskirkja will be holding an Easter service entirely in English on April 28 at 2 pm.


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Christ the King Cathedral (Catholic Church)

Christ the King Cathedral in Reykjavík. Credit: The Catholic Church in Iceland Facebook

Christ the King Cathedral in Reykjavík. Credit: The Catholic Church in Iceland Facebook

Palm Sunday 14th April

Mass in Polish: 8:30 am

Mass in Polish: 1.00 pm

Mass in English: 6:00 pm

Tuesday 16th April

Chrism Mass: 6 pm

Holy Thursday April 18

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:00 pm

Good Friday 19th April

Stations of the Cross in Icelandic: 11:00 am

Commemoration of the Lord´s Passion: 3:00 pm

Commemoration of the Lord´s Passion, in Polish: 6:00 pm

Saturday 20th April

Food Blessing in the morning: 10:00, 10:30, and 11:00 and 11:30

Easter Vigil: 10:00 pm

Easter Sunday 21st April

Mass in Polish: 6:00 am

Solemn Mass: 10:30 am

Mass in Polish: 1:00 pm

Mass in English: 6:00 pm

Easter Monday 22nd April

Mass: 10:30 am

Mass in Polish: 1:00 pm

Mass in Icelandic: 6:00 pm


See also: What to do with kids in Reykjavík 


Filadelfia (Evangelical Church)

Fíladelfía Evangelical Church in Reykjavík. Credit: Hvítasunnukirkjan Fíladelfía Facebook

Fíladelfía Evangelical Church in Reykjavík. Credit: Hvítasunnukirkjan Fíladelfía Facebook

Although most services are in Icelandic, some are performed in Spanish. The church also offers translations of services into English through headsets.

Sunday 14th April

Service: 11 am

Spanish Service: 1 pm – 2 pm

English service: 2 pm – 3 pm

Good Friday 19th April

Friday prayer meeting: 1 pm – 2pm

Youth Group: 8pm – 9pm

Easter Sunday 21st April

Service: 11 am

Spanish Service: 1 pm – 2 pm

English service: 2 pm – 3 pm

The Jewish Centre of Iceland

Credit: The Jewish Centre of Iceland Facebook.

Credit: The Jewish Centre of Iceland Facebook.

Passover this year begins on April 19 and lasts till April 27. Those wishing to take part in Passover services are encouraged to contact the Jewish Centre of Iceland, which is headed by Rabbi Avi Feldman. Travellers interested in Passover can email rabbi@jewishcentreiceland.com or visit the Jewish Centre of Iceland official website.

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