Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Harpa 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. Harpa is also the home of several regular shows: - How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes - Pearls of Icelandic Songs - Icelandic Sagas: The Greatest Hits - Reykjavík Classics - Mulinn Jazz Club - The Tin Drum Series - Bowie: The Session - The Icelandic Emigration Center's Exhibit
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Trisha V
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous
    This waterfront concert hall is spectacular. It also holds a great gift shop and restaurant. We relaxed there over wine and hors d'oeuvres after a day of walking around Reykjavik. Wonderful atmosphere.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Heli K
    Lappeenranta, Finland1,526 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mies van der Rohe -European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Award -winner
    What a beauty. Reykjavik's concert hall Harpa is situated in the old harbour. Do not just go by - visit it. Absolutely amazing architecture both outside and inside. Building has won Mies van der Rohe -European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Award in 2013. I just hope that we would have had time to go to concert also since Harpa was been chosen as one of the best concert houses of the new millennium. There is also quite nice lunch restaurant or you can just have a cup of coffee too. Some shops also.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Gareth P
    222 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Translucent transcendence
    A geometric dance of glass and steel in the harbour. A marvel of architecture makes this the most visually engaging structure in Reykjavik. Take the chance also to pop onto the stone beach to the side and build your own little pebble pile!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • gringottsgoblin
    369 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visually stunning. Inside a masterpiece of light and space
    What an amazing building for such a small city. It is magnificent from the outside and it sits in a commanding but harmonious way against the backdrops of the harbour the sea and the mountains in the distance. The windows are so unusual and the effect of them is extraordinary. The building is no normal glass box and then you go inside and the space is astounding. It is so atmospheric cool spacious and slightly subdued but in a very calm way. Then you come to the lobby and it is an extraordinary interior, lofty angular and the interplay of light and shape is something I have never seen before almost kaleidoscopic. A masterpiece. My mouth literally fell open when I went into this space. I defy anyone not to say WOW when they see this. You should absolutely include getting to Harpa (inside and outside)
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 7, 2023
  • RedheadedWanderer
    Brooklyn, New York168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful concert venue!
    We attended the Elvis Costello concert and had a marvelous time. If only the Iceland Symphony Orchestra had been playing while we were in town, we absolutely would have attended. The building is beautiful, with the colorful glass like fish scales reflecting off the sky and the water. Absolutely worth attending a show here if you're able to do so.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 7, 2023
  • VinnieLondon
    Doha, Qatar11,796 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive architecture and facility
    Located right on the seafront in Reykjavík you cannot miss this stunning structure. The building was free to enter (although clearly not all the time when events and shows are running). Lots of access around the building with an excellent shop and restaurant. Well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Kate J
    Missoula, Montana352 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding
    This building is amazing. The design is unique and seems to capture the movement of ice. The glass is a mix of color and clear and stunning from both interior and exterior. It is open to visitors even early in the morning. The tWC in the basement equire payment.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • traveltheworld012
    Rochester, Minnesota13,838 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Intriguing building to visit.
    This modern building really stands out against the landscape of the harbor and the city. Modern architecture for sure and so much glass! Though I really enjoy old buildings much more there is a certain attractiveness to this place. Plenty of cantilevered areas and the glass in places looks like fish scales with clear and color panes to give it a celebratory appearance. Walk around the outside, but see the inside as well. We did not attend any events here, but would have loved to see a symphony concert here. Below ground thee is a huge parking area for cars.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • lithlith
    885 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reykjavik Concert Hall
    While in Reykjavik, wander over to the unique looking concert hall building and take a few photos inside and out. The building is free to visit. There is a shop inside as well as bathrooms, but you do have to pay for the bathroom. Everything downtown Reykjavik is easily walkable, and this building is so shiny, you can't miss it. It's also right on the waterfront, so you'll be able to take some nice photos there as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Russ855
    Palm Springs, California461 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see building, but hard to miss
    This is a fascinating building to go inside down in the harbor. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to attend any events there. There is a twice a day tour of the building which may be worth it. The gift shop with regional crafts is excellent. Even if your stay is brief, do make a point of seeing and going inside this building.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
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richard w
Llandysul, UK13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It is a remarkable piece of architecture but the charge for the tour is prohibitive. We went to the 360 degrees cinema and that was truly daft. 4 projectors shining at each other made for very dim images and you can't look 4 ways at once .The focus was not sharp either so definitely a waste of money.
Written January 24, 2020
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Taylor W
Davisburg, MI683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
The Harpa is a gorgeous building right on the water in Reykjavik.

Primarily a concert hall and conference center - it also has a restaurant, shops, etc inside.

And also a public bathroom if you need a quick break!

The building itself is pretty amazing, the way the light glows off the windows is fantastic to watch.
During the evening hours the Harpa is lit up with lights glowing in the windows projecting different colors and patterns, and even the Icelandic flag.

Even if you don’t venture inside I definitely recommend stopping by to check out the outside of the building.
Written January 1, 2020
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HelenRotast
South Yarmouth, MA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I toured on a day the Icelandic Symphony orchestra was rehersing for that night's performance. That sound was amazing. The Harpa is immense, overlooks the harbor, and the views are spectacular. the tour guide was knowledgeable and even gave an a capella performance to demonstrate the acoustics. She had a lovely voice.
Written April 13, 2020
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Christine S
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Because of bad weather we went here to see the advertised film on the delights of Iceland but it was a lot of money for a very short, boring film. There were only two other people watching with us and only about 12 chairs in the room so it is obviously not popular. The building has a gift shop as does everywhere you go but not a lot going for it during the day!
Written January 23, 2020
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NWtraveler969
Seattle, WA342 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Unfortunately due to Covid or remodeling, the hours to visit inside are severely restricted (for example 12 PM - 4 PM) compared to what is written in current guidebooks. Check their website for updated opening hours. We were disappointed that we could not go inside during our short stay in Reykjavik.
On a gray evening in mid June, with very long daylight, it didn't look as magical as it does in photos online.
Written July 3, 2021
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Laughingbear
Wigan, UK824 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Located within minutes walk of the city centre, the Harpa is well worth a visit, even if its not to see a specific event that may be taking place. It's free to wander around the ground floor and onto a few elevators. The structure is very impressive with the large glass cubes forming the exterior walls. The place is spotlessly clean and there are 2-3 little shops where one can buy souveniers or practical goods with an Icelandic theme. Happy to return or to recommend to others.
Next time we visit we will pre-book tickets for a show.
Written January 22, 2020
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carrie w
Ipswich, UK1,231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
The architecture inside and outside this building is stunning.
Travel up all the floors to get a view over the city.
You can get the the Harpa centre easily on many buses and is the first and last stop for the hop on and hop off city sightseeing bus
There is a cute little cafe.
Written January 1, 2020
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Brian T
London, UK6,782 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This angular, geometric, box-like piece of modernism dominates the foreshore of Reykjavik.

Opened in 2011, its design was a collaboration between Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson, and the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects.

The structure consists of a steel framework clad with geometric shaped glass panels of different colours, particularly shades of green, grey and blue. The design apparently was influenced by Iceland‘s exceptional and dramatic nature, particularly the greens and greys of the moss covered lava that covers a lot of the country. Situated on the boundary between land and sea, the building is a gleaming sculpture reflecting both sky and harbor, as well as the vibrant life of the city.

Inspired by basalt crystals, the faceted glass scatters reflections of the surrounding harbour and sky, and presents a glittering wall of light after dark.

I didn’t find the structure particularly beautiful, nor do I think it’s going to occupy a place in the world’s list of iconic cultural buildings in the same way that the likes of the Sydney Opera House does. But it is worth a peek inside. Whilst we didn’t visit the concert theatre, the vast foyer with light streaming in was quite lovely to see; the light streaming through the glass panels creates an interesting kaleidoscope of colour on the floor of this space. It’s even better from the balconies at higher levels. We didn’t take the cinema experience; it’s just too expensive for a short film about what’s on in Iceland, and seemed a bit gimmicky.
Written September 19, 2021
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KimN75
Forney, TX7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
What a neat building. We didn't attend a concert, but it was a neat building. On the plane flight home, I saw they have a show where 2 actors portray all the characters in all the sagas in a brief amount of time. I would have enjoyed that had I known beforehand.
Written March 11, 2020
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Jun David
Toronto, Canada841 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I've been to many buildings in the world, but this is one of the most impressive design.

This is an iconic landmark which is located near the harbor. This is a concert hall but the facade and sides of the building makes it very unique. You have to go inside to see the awesome interior of the building.

At night, the building is beautifully lighted with different colors.

This is a must see building when in Reykjavik, one of its kind.
Written February 3, 2020
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