Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik, Iceland

Click on title to view photo in large format: Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik is the sixth tallest and most impressive man-made structure in Iceland. The 244-foot tall tower took more than 40 years to complete and the design reflects the geologic formations that result when basalt lava cools slowly. Since it is visible from almost anywhere within the capital city, I used it as a landmark. My rental apartment was just down the street from the church, thus I could always find my way home without the aid of a map. On one of the few sunny days during my visit, I rode the elevator up to a viewing deck at the top of the steeple to get a bird’s eye view of Reykjavik.