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Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

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Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center
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Masterpiece of architecture and design at the old harbor of Reykjavik

Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland

Since Reykjavik has developed to be an economical and social hub of Iceland and it happens to also be one of the most exciting and diverse destinations in Europe, organizing cultural activities of all kinds also have become crucial in keeping up with the needs of both locals and foreigners that seek for more diverse opportunities and lifestyles while living in the city or visiting it just for a short while. If you are up to going to some concerts, particularly academic or symphonic, while visiting Reykjavik, certainly check out what’s happening at Harpa Conference and Concert Center – a resplendent, contemporary hall built in 2011 for the purposes of housing Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera. Besides that it is also the place where majority of the greatest and most prominent of concerts held in Iceland are taking place.


A better location could not have been picked for this fascinating modern glass structure as it stands at the old harbor in such way with its size yet modesty and minimalism standing out in the overall surroundings. The views that can be seen on any of the floors of the hall are really nice for taking some good shots of the city and the interior of the building itself which actually cannot be so easily described. Some say it resembles huge bee hives whereas for others it makes think of Icelandic nature  – its rough features, toughness and solidness. The crystal clear windows and view of the bay and mountains creates very tranquil atmosphere which is especially  nice if you are looking for some respite from walking around outdoors (and as we know – weather in Iceland mostly is quite cold and unpleasant thus a calm break and stopping-by in a gorgeous building like Harpa becomes even better suggestion).

So surely, even if you are not attending any event and are just stopping by to have a look at the hall, spare some time to wander around in all the floors of the building as you will discover different parts and facets of it. During the night-time it is being illuminated in amazing colors and creating a whole other face of the hall. There is also a gift shop and small cafe open within the premises of Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center.


Opening hours

8:00 – 24:00