Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre

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Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Theaters
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 4:00 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
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1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Miðborg
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FraBo59
Bad Harzburg, Germany257 contributions
Impressing building close to the ocean
Oct 2021
Very intersting building just at the waterfront. Impressive as well from out- as from inside. Nice view from inside over the harbour. Especially when the weather is not the best, you will enjoy.
Written October 19, 2021
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Jon4fun
London, UK86 contributions
Book a concert to get the best from here
Sep 2021
Very helpful English speaking staff got me into a concert by the youth orchestra which happened to be on, great venue all round
Written October 15, 2021
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danny00772017
Leamington Spa, UK19 contributions
A marvel of engineering.
Oct 2021
Have a look,marvel at the engineering ,great views.Great parking,we had no problem in parking and its dry.
Written October 8, 2021
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markitiki
Orlando, FL557 contributions
Absolutely worth a walk past, if not more!
Sep 2021
Beautiful architecture and very picturesque building. Looks amazing at sunset! We did not go in as we were pressed for time, but I was happy we at least walked by to take a look!
Written October 3, 2021
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Raymond
135 contributions
Good place to visit or meet people or see a concert
Sep 2021
Newer building for a concert hall near the shoreline of downtown Reykjavik. There is a shallow reflection pool and a statue of a violin player in front of the building. This buildings biggest claim to fame is the glass boxed walls with lighting that changes colors and puts on a colorful show at night.
Written September 29, 2021
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Shelimashrafahmed
183 contributions
Stunning
Sep 2021
What a stunning look! amazingly built, beautiful .
I spent my time there and enjoyed a lot.
This was a gorgeous moment for me
Written September 27, 2021
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David Hennessey
4 contributions
Beethoven's Ninth at Harpa
Sep 2021
The concert was wonderful! We were glad for the rare chance to hear this great work in person. The program also included an interesting new work for small orchestra and accordion.

Our concerns were with safety and convenience. Masking was required, though a number of patrons didn't wear them, and we saw no signs in the public areas to remind them. Also, attendance was not limited to the 500 people that their email the day before said would be the maximum because of Covid. We estimated at least 700 in the orchestra section alone, and many were in the balconies.

In addition, we were mystified that no coat check was visible. We only found one very small rolling coat rack in the lobby areas.

Written September 20, 2021
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Brian T
London, UK4,530 contributions
An interesting piece of architecture
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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Blacksmithery
Fort Lauderdale, FL10 contributions
Cool
Feb 2021 • Friends
An interesting building that showcases local design and materials. Shows are impressive and the staff are pleasant and helpful.
Written September 8, 2021
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Melissa H
Madison, WI203 contributions
Very interesting inside
Aug 2021
While the outside of Harpa is interesting with the lights playing on the angles of the building, the inside is just as interesting. Well worth stopping inside and walking around, be sure to go up to the second floor.
Written September 4, 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Sun - Sat 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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