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Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre

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Address: Austurbakki 2, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Phone Number: +354 528 5000
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Harpa, the concert hall and conference centre at the heart of Reykjavik is...
Harpa, the concert hall and conference centre at the heart of Reykjavik is an award-winning building situated at the old harbour. Harpa opened its doors in 2011 and boasts a wide variety of hosted events where all musical genres play a part. Harpa won the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2013 for architecture. Harpa was designed by Olafur Eliasson, Henning Larssen architects and Batteri architects.Harpa is the residency of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Icelandic Opera and the Reykjavik Big Band. Harpa is a state of the art conference centre. Harpa was awarded the prestigious MICE Report award for best conference centre in Northern Europe.
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Only opened on 2013 and right on the water front.Stunning award winning building both inside and out . Art and information centre but mostly for music concerts of all types and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Only opened on 2013 and right on the water front.Stunning award winning building both inside and out . Art and information centre but mostly for music concerts of all types and great drop in place for tourists.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Inside it is very modern and has a coffee place. Outside it is stunning. It may not be to everyone's' taste, but for me, it seems to work. Very modern it could seem incongruous. It is lit up at night with a "light-show" effect. (We visited at night). Worth going into to satisfy curiosity. Don't bother if your time is... More 

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Witterswil, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Just a glass building, unusual construction. But not that impressive. Great for meeting place because it can't be missed and very central. It is the favorite pick up and drop off points of tour groups. The building inside is very quiet, shops seem not to be thriving only the ticket booth for concerts has customers but no line ups. Kind... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I stopped here after a long stroll around the city and harbour. It reminded me very much of the Lowry in Manchester, but it looks much more moden and beautiful! You cant miss this building with its honeycomb like glass exterior, there is a harbour besides this where the coastguard is anchored and there are beautiful views of the mountains.... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Harpa is architecturally astonishing. From every different angle inside the building, you get a different perspective as the glass shapes shift and reveal others. We were lucky enough to stumble upon a DesignMarch furniture exhibit and also to attend one of the nights of the Iceland Music Experiments band competition.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This is one of the great concert halls of the world. Do a tour and see a performance. You won't be disappointed.

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Hoylake, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Great views to be had in a nice park area. The building is very interesting in design and free to go in so well worth a visit and have a coffee in the café with the best view in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The locals love to tell you how much Harpa cost and how, as a concert hall, it only seats 300. I certainly understand what they are saying. On the other hand, this place is gorgeous! From the windows, to the clean and modern interiors, Harpa is a hip place. We ventured through the building shortly after they opened at 1000... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Unique place, good programation and good restaurant with astonishing view. I went for the Sonar Festival, two others concerts, one opera, and a conference. Always loved the place

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It is definitely worth standing and watching the outside of Harpa light up at night. The colours and patterns of lights look like waves and are mesmerising with the wonderful mountains behind. Inside is a great cafe and gift shop together with a second 12 Tonar Music shop. Harpa hosts some good music events too and buying tickets is easy... More 

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