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Hallgrímskirkja was built in 1937 and is a Reykjavík landmark. Architect Guðjón Samúelsson patterned its façade after the basaltic lava columns that are common in Iceland.

In the church compound ahead of the entrance, a statue of the legendary Icelandic explorer Leifur Eiríksson greets all visitors (the shadow it casts is seen in the first image). It was a gift by the USA to the people of Iceland. Leifur is today regarded as the first European discoverer of North America, long before Columbus.

The first two photographs were taken close to midnight in the beautiful light of the low summer sun. Maintaining the verticals of such a tall structure is made possible by the use of the Canon Tilt-Shift 17mm lens.

Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland, Midnight Sun

Hallgrímskirkja – light of the midnight sun
5D Mark II, TS-E 17L

Hallgrimskirkja, Summer. Midnight, Iceland

Light on Hallgrímskirkja
5D Mark II, TS-E 17L

View from the top of the church tower

Looking down from the church tower towards Leifur Eiríksson
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

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