The Nordic House
The Nordic House
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Nordic House is an icon of aesthetics, a cultural institution and an architectural gem situated in a bird sanctuary, only a 10-minute walk from the Reykjavik city centre. The Nordic House has exhibition areas showcasing Nordic art, a beautiful Nordic library with a children's library and a playing area for families, an auditorium and a restaurant (29.08.2019 Sorry the restaurant is closed until further notice). Whether you fancy a nice lunch with a great view ore want to enjoy quality events, architecture or Nordic design, The Nordic House is definitely a place to visit. An informative and educating Audioguide is available for all guest, free of cost.
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maconMouse
Macon, GA596 contributions
Charming spot on the University of Iceland campus. Really enjoyed seeing the children's library and the campus architecture. People were very friendly, helpful. Fun little cafe to grab a coffee and peruse Icelandic books.
Written August 15, 2022
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nordictraveller95
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I loved the design, the library and the exhibition! I learned a lot about the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto who designed The Nordic House.
The entrance is free. I will come back later when the new cafe is open!
Written February 28, 2020
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Tristan Moon
Reykjavik, Iceland16 contributions
Wow but not wow enough. I think they have a bigger one in Faroe Island which is way more wow then this wow.
Written December 20, 2019
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saraheva92
Sunderland, UK9 contributions
Couples
Firstly, walking here from the centre of reykjavik is a must if you're able to do so. We walked past the pond then over the main road and through the fab geothermal nature reserve just in front of the house. It was awesome to see the rivers steaming on a cold winters day! The house was great with an interesting watercolor exhibition and we spent the morning there. Would highly recommend
Written December 13, 2017
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LouisaLin
Hong Kong, China17 contributions
Family
We walked along the pond at Reykjavik and found Nordic House displaying works of Alvar Aalto. We looked and looked and found it already 6pm. Temperature falling. We noticed a Bristo and had dinner there. The 3-course dinner was 8300 ISK. We did not have much expectation to start with but the food quality was so good !! It is good value for money compared to dinners in town,

We had a great time there for the evening, the environment was peaceful and quiet, and it offered a good chance to digest the good works of this Architect.

The lamb I took was really good, no dishes of lamb of other restaurants could even come close up !!
Written March 19, 2017
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Jenny A
Reykjavik, Iceland4 contributions
Family
Very good services at the library. Often exhibitions and interesting events, many family oriented. The house itself has a good vibe :)
Written July 6, 2016
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Marnicity
Marsing, ID71 contributions
Solo
First let me warn visitors that the view in the picture doesn't face the street and it is under construction outside where the water is located. Once I reached the front door I was 99% sure I was at the right place :)

I entered and found the gift shop first which had a nice selection of items. Next I checked out the menu for the bistro but that will be a separate review. I then walked around the main floor and especially enjoyed the various art exhibits and the library was very nice with all the natural light.

I then took the elevator by the entrance down to the basement and the attendant was very helpful and even provided a booklet in English to help navigate the main exhibit. I enjoyed the items on display and especially the narrated video highlighting his accomplishments

The restaurant Is definitely worth eating at before you head elsewhere
Written May 3, 2018
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Kristi J
Bethesda, MD15 contributions
Friends
Have visited the Nordic House. Few years ago. Could hardly wait to return! Many new parts to explore. For example, the Aalto Bistro - an extraordinary eating venue - delicious food presented so imaginatively. Friendly personnel - so accommodating to explain various parts of the menu. A children’s area with places to enjoy, create, moomin films.
Another area is the library. - extensive - including a newspaper area with news from all over the Nordic countries.
2 exceptional art exhibits - stimulating, enjoyable. - just a fun place to be - plus a shop which provided unusual gifts — The architecture of the NOrdic House is special also. This is the only work of Alvar Aalto in all of Iceland. Take a morning or afternoon - time for lunch snd enjoy this special place - across the way from the University!!!!
Written February 1, 2018
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Thomas F
2 contributions
Solo
I liked my visit at the Nordic House. Alvar Aalto's building and landscape is some of the most beautiful in Reykjavík and in my opinion it is an good example of Nordic functionalism and has a great view to the city. I would recommend you to stroll around the library to get the atmosphere of the house.

The exhibitions I visited were all very different, however all were linked in the Nordic culture.

Great restaurant serving well cooked fish of day for only 2600 isk.
Written September 19, 2017
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sandydev
Chicago, IL63 contributions
Friends
We wanted to explore the University of Iceland campus when we accidentally ran into this place. The interior is bright and pleasant, the kind of architecture one would associate with the Nordic region. It house is one of five or six similar cultural centers throughout the Nordic world. We spent some time in the library where the librarians were very helpful in explaining the concept of the center and pointing out book and art collections in the building. Our favorite place by far was the greenhouse in the back which is filled with fresh-scented wooden furniture and overlooking a pond with many ducks.
Written June 21, 2017
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