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Practice for Peter Grimes

Last days, Eldborg has been full with performers, practicing for Peter Grimes. The opera will be premiered on Friday. Read more here. 

Guided Tours at Harpa

Experience the magnificent Harpa from behind the scenes. Four scheduled tours every day at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 and 15:30. 

Shuttle bus from Harpa to Kringlan

The Kringlan shuttle is a free ride from Harpa to Kringlan Shopping Mall every hour this summer. The bus will return to Harpa every half hour. 

Borealis Band at Harpa

Borealis Band will perform in Norðurljós hall next Friday at 21:00. The band is collaboration between Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland. More info here

International Jazz Day at Harpa

The International Jazz Day will be celebrated in Harpa Thursday April 30th. Several events will go on through the day and the admission is free. Click here for full schedule.

Eyþór Árnason new book

Eyþór Árnason is not only one of the best Stage Managers in Iceland but also a brilliant poet. Norður or North is Harpa´s stage managers new book and is now available in Iceland

Lunch concert with Dísella Lárusdóttir

Metropolitan Opera star, soprano Dísella Lárusdóttir, performs arias and songs next Thuesday the 28th of April at 12:15. Free admission. 

Drullumall (Play with Clay) in Kaldalón

Drullumall´s objective is to encourage young people to familiarize themselves with Icelandic music. The concert will be tonight with bands like Úlfur Úlfur and Reykjavíkurdætur. More info

Brunaliðið in Eldborg

Brunaliðið (The Fire Brigade) reunites on Saturday after 35 year break. Two shows are scheduled, the first is sold out but few tickets left for the 22:30 show. Tickets available here

Tectonics Reykjavík

Fourth Tectonics Festival will be held at Harpa on the 16th and 17th of April. Featured artists this year include Robyn Schulkowsky, Alvin Curran, Stephen O'Malley, Jon Rose and Joel Stern, as well as performances by experimental duos Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides and Usurper. More info here 

Luxury hotel at Harpa

The city of Reykjavík announced today that it has been concluded that US-based Carpenter & Company will buy the building rights for a hotel at the Harpa site from the previous owners. Carpenter will construct a 250-room 5-star hotel on the site and subsequently put its operations in the hands of a leading global hotel operator. It is expected that construction can begin in the late 2015 and that the hotel will open in early 2018. Full press release 

Harpa annual celebration

Harpa staff are having their annual celebration. The box office will be closed from 13:30 Sunday April 12th and reopens at 13:00 Monday April 13th. Tickets can be bought on www.harpa.is. Harpa opening hours remain the same both days. Thanks for your understanding. 

Iceland Writers Retreat

Iceland Writers Retreat launched a competition to win a spot at its annual Retreat. A selection of the stories that entered the competition will be displayed on Harpa's homepage. Read the first story and more about the Retreat here.  

Meeting about tourism in Reykjavík

An open meeting will be held tomorrow at Harpa about the future of tourism in Reykjavik. The meeting is for everyone in the tourism industry in Reykjavík. Registration is here.

Jesus Christ Superstar tomorrow

Multi-talented cast of Iceland's best known singers, actors and musicians will perform a concert rendition of Jesus Christ Superstar tomorrow night. Tickets available here. 

Guided tours this Easter

Harpa offers guided tours daily this Easter apart from Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Two trips will be offered on other days. See here for a detailed schedule

Björk with two shows at Harpa

Björk in cooperation with Iceland Airwaves will have two concerts in Harpa in November this year. She is following her new album Vulnicura and is today touring around the world. Tickets go on sale today at noon here. 

Live TV broadcast with the Symphony

Tonight for the first time there will be live TV broadcast with the Icelandic Symphony. It‘s an experimental broadcast and therefor will only be available in Iceland.  

Extra show for Of Monsters and Men

First show with Of Monsters and Men is sold out at Harpa so we have added another show on August 20th. Click here for tickets.  

The Icelandic Music Experiments at Harpa

Last Sunday was the first semi-finals of the Icelandic Music Experiments 2015. This year there will be 39 bands that will compete for the title. The competition will be held in Norðurljós next three nights. More info here. 

Björk at Airwaves 2015

Björk will be performing songs from her most recent release, Vulnicura and other great pieces from the past. Ticket sales start at noon GMT, Friday March 27th, however Iceland Airwaves ticket holders will have a chance to buy presale tickets from noon GMT, Thursday March 26th. More about the Björk concert here.

FANFEST 2015 at Harpa

Harpa welcomes today payers and other EVE Online fans to the annual FANFEST 2015. Harpa will be full of computers and spaceships until next Saturday.

Guided Tours cancelled 19 - 21 March!

Eve Online Fanfest takes place in Harpa 19 - 21 March. Guided Tours are therefore cancelled during the period. Next tours are on Sunday at 11:00 and 15:30.  

Harpa opening hours Easter 2015

Today the sun shines after a tough storm. Here are Harpa opening hours this Easter. Tonight Denison Chamber Singers and Hljómeyki offer a free concert in Kaldalón at 20:00. Múlinn Jazzclub plays in Björtuloft tomorrow night at 21:00 and Eve Online starts this Thursday.   

Design Talks 2015 at Harpa

The opening seminar of DesignMarch features talks by leading local and international designers and design thinkers on Play. DesignTalks is an inspiring day of talks for anyone interested in design and architecture, and a must for all creative professionals.

The Reykjavík Open started yesterday

The tournament will be until March 18th in the open areas at Harpa. Many participants have arrived to Reykjavík from all over the world. In the photo is Mr. Friðrik Ólafsson honorary citizen of Reykjavík and Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov president of FIDE. Read the schedule here.

Master Pianist in Norðurljós tonight

One of the most favoured Beethoven interpreter and Grammy Award winning pianist, Richard Goode plays Beethoven at Harpa tonight at 20:00. Tickets available here.  

UNICEF Chess Marathon at Harpa

Chess marathon for UNICEF Emergency Fund started this morning at Harpa. Iceland´s Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson played the first game but unfortunately lost. The marathon is open to everyone. 

Ticketsales for The King´s Singers start tomorrow!

One of the most celebrated vocal groups in the world, The King´s Singers will perform at Harpa on September 16th 2015. Ticketsales start Friday at noon. Read more

Food and Fun 2015 kicked off today!

Harpa Restaurants, Kolabrautin and Smurstöðin present their guest chefs with great pride. Check out the menus for this year's Food and Fun Festival at Smurstöðin and Kolabrautin. After a good meal a concert with Eivør and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra will perfect your evening.  

Added concert with Eivør 26 February

Eivør, her band and Iceland Symphony Orchestra join forces in Norðurljós, Harpa next week. The first two concerts sold out. Buy tickets to Eivør here. Tomorrow the Iceland Symphony Orchestra gives a free lunchtime concert in Flói at 12:10. 

Nearly 50 thousand visited Harpa

Nearly 50 thousand guests visited Harpa last week. Very few of us missed that Sónar Music was held in Reykjavik this past weekend. Iceland Symphony Orchestra gave a regular family concert, children's hour and school concerts and many danced in Silfurberg for gender equality.

Play Pong on the Harpa façade!

During Sónar Reykjavík 2015 you will be able to play the classic arcade game ‘Pong’ on the south façade of Harpa concert hall using your smartphone. Find out more about Sónar and Pong on Harpa here

Tickets for Britten's Peter Grimes on sale

A grand concert performance of the opera Peter Grimes will receive an Iceland premiere on 22 May in the association of Reykjavik Arts Festival, The Icelandic Opera, Harpa Concert Hall and The Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Buy tickets to Peter Grimes.  

Winter Festival 2015

During Reykjavik Winter Festival 2015 guests can enjoy this special festival lightshow by Olafur Elisasson. Originally it was premiered in Reykjavik Winter Festival 2014 and is called Holding hands with Reykjavik. Learn more about Winter Festival here. 

A must see in Iceland this summer!

Nearly 50 concerts scheduled in June, July and August. A perfect opportunity to get familiar with Icelandic culture with English annotation. Click here for dates and online box office

Dark Music Days starting this Thursday

Dark Music Days is one of the country's oldest music festival. Women are prominent in the festival but the percentage of women in the Society for Icelandic Composers is very high when compared to similar associations worldwide. Buy a festival pass here.  

Múlinn-Jazzclub in February

Múlinn-Jazzclub is scheduled weekly in February. In the opening concert, music by Lennie Tristano will be played. Later in the month Trio Kjarr, Snorri Sigurðarson Quartet and ANNES will fill the stage. 

Sibelius celebration

Due to Sibelius 150th birth anniversary, Iceland Symphony Orchestra will perform a trilogy of his works. A special 20% discount is offered in the ticket office for all three concerts: 22nd January 2015: Macbeth and Kullervo, 5th February 2015: Vänskä and Third Symphonies, 12th March 2015: Helsing conducts Sibelius.

Young soloists

The soloists Baldvin Oddsson, Erna Vala Arnardóttir, Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir and Steiney Sigurðardóttir will appear in concert tomorrow with Iceland Symphony Orchestra with Torodd Wigum conducting. Buy tickets to hear the futures professionals

Jorge Luis Prats plays in Harpa

Prats will visit Iceland for the second time and perform in Harpa on 7 February as a part of the Master Pianist Series in Harpa. He will perform a sizzling hot program by Spanish and Cuban composers. Buy tickets to Prats here

Pearls of Icelandic Songs. New Year's concerts.

Enjoy Icelandic traditional songs about elves, trolls and outlaws tomorrow at 17:00 in Kaldalón. The programme is moderated in English. Click here for bookings and more dates. 

Holiday opening hours in Harpa

Harpa will be open during the holidays and the Expo Pavilion and Guided Tours will run according to schedule apart from the most sacred days. More details about Harpa opening hours

Tranquil Christmas 2014

The Icelandic Opera presents a few of Iceland's best opera singers that will get you in the right mood for Christmas. Antonía Hevesi plays the piano. Concert starts at 17:00 in the foyer of Harpa. Free entrance. 

Ticket office closed Friday noon

The ticket office will be closed from 12:00-14:00, Friday 19th December, due to a staff Christmas party. The Harpa team appreciates your consideration.  

Icelandic design exhibited in Harpa

In collaboration with Epal design, Icelandic designers will be exhibiting the most recent design that was launched this year. The exhibition takes place on the ground floor in Harpa and opening hours are: 18-19th Dec: 10:00-18:00, 20-21st Dec: 11:00-20:00 and 22-23rd Dec: 10:00-20:00.

Leif Ove Andsnes signs Cd's

Leif Ove Andsnes will be signing his release of The Beethoven Journey after the concert with London Philharmonic Orchestra tonight and tomorrow. 

London Philharmonic Orchestra arriving in Iceland today

London Philharmonic Orchestra will play in Eldborg for the first time tomorrow. The soloist is the world known Norwegian, Leif Ove Andsnes. All about the LPO concert here.

Live music and Maximus Musicus

Live music will fill the Harpa foyer all Saturdays till Christmas between 11 am - 1 pm. Maximus Musicus comes out of his mousehole and greets the children. Detailed programme here.  

The Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra

gives its annual Christmas concert featuring festive baroque music by Wassanaer, Wagenseil and Vivaldi on 7th December at 5 pm. Tickets still available here

What's on this weekend

Icelandic folk stars Ylja host a concert to celebrate their release of Commotion in Kaldalón tonight. On Saturday, Harpa guests can watch the Icelandic play, How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes, in English. On Sunday Reykjavik Big Band will swing in true Christmas spirit.  

Five performances of The Nutcracker sold out at Harpa this past weekend

Judging from these photos Harpa's guests looked pleased with the performance of The Nutcracker this weekend. Here you can see photos of St. Petersburg Festival Ballet's colourful production, accompanied by Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Eldborg premiere of the Nutcracker

The bal­let, which sets the tone for the Christ­mas sea­son, will be per­formed by the St.Pe­ters­burg Fes­ti­val Bal­let with mu­sic per­formed by the Ice­land Sym­phony Or­ches­tra. Read the story here. Buy ticket to the Nutcracker here.

Undercurrent - Ambátt

Off Venue in Harpa. Do not miss Ambátt, a new collaboration between artists Pan Thorarensen and Þorkell Atlason. Today at 17.30 at Kolabrautin bar. Admission free.

Iceland Airwaves starts at 19:10 in Harpa

Ambátt is the first band on stage in Kaldalón tonight. The entire schedule can be found here.

Russian.girls off-venue today

Russian Girls is a band hard to google. Meet them in Kolabrautin bar on fourth floor in Harpa today at 17:30. All about the brain­child of Guðlau­gur Halldór Einars­son here.

Announcement: Guided Tours

Arctic Circle Assembly will take place this coming weekend from 30 October - 2 November. Guided Tours will therefore be cancelled during those days. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Open ISO lunchtime concert on Friday

Iceland Symphony Orchestra gives a free lunchtime concert this Friday at 12:10 in Flói. The programme consists of music by Shostakovich conducted by Pascal Rophé. More about the lunchtime concert here.

Reykjavik Big Band plays Bob Mintzer

Reykjavik Big Band gives its yearly club-style album concert tonight at 21:00 in Björtuloft. More about the big band and Bob Mintzer.

Nelson Goerner is the next World Pianist in Harpa

Nelson is a world known Chopin interpreter but Chopin will be a part of the concert programme in Norðurljós, 2 November at 20:00. Ticketsales have begun here.  

Tickets sales for The Nutcracker start at noon today

St. Petersburg Festival Ballet will be showing The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, played by Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Performances will be 21 - 23 November in Eldborg. Buy your ticket to The Nutcracker.

Countdown for Arctic Circle 2014

The second annual Arctic Circle Assembly will be held in Harpa 31 October - 2 November. For programme news and registration visit www.arcticcircle.org

The Iceland Expo Pavilion

The pavilion runs daily at Harpa in Reykjavik on weekdays from 10-18 and 11-18 on weekends. The pavilion has travelled from Shanghai to Frankfurt to Iceland. Tickets and more info about Expo

Múlinn - Reykjavík Jazz Club in Björtuloft Wednesday, 24 September

Get familiar with the view from Harpa at night and enjoy jazz, performed by some of Iceland's greatest. Special guest is the acclaimed singer Sigríður Thorlacius. Buy tickets here.

International conference on plastics in the marine environment

held in Silfurberg, Harpa in Reykjavík, Iceland on the 24th of September 2014. More about the conference.


Icelandic Opera lunchtime concert in Norðurljós, Tuesday 9th September at 12:15. Performers are Jóhann Smári Sævarsson bass og Jóhanna Héðinsdóttir mezzosoprano presenting pieces by Verdi, Offenbach and Rossini. Free entrance.

A new restaurant in Harpa

The restaurant on the ground floor in Harpa is being refurbished. A new restaurant, Smurstöðin, will open on 3rd September. Meanwhile, light refreshments can be bought at Kolabrautin on 4th floor from 4 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Announcement: Guided Tours

Wednesday 27th August and Thursday 28th August there will be guided tours leaving at 11:00 am. Other tours are canceled these two days. Friday 29th August, guided tours will leave at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. Other tours are canceled that day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Don Carlo performed for the first time in Iceland

This year's autumn production will be very ambitious at the Icelandic Opera - with the staging of one of Verdi's greatest operas, Don Carlo, which has never been staged in Iceland before. Ticketsales start 18th August.

Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen with Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David in Harpa this week

Admiring the harbour view from Björtuloft, the Secretary General of NATO, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen with Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David in Harpa this week. Photo taken from Mr. Rasmussen Facebook page.

Open house ISO concert in Eldborg

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has been invited to perform at the world-renowned Proms festival in London at the Royal Albert Hall. The ISO is holding an open house concert in Eldborg hall on Monday 18 August where guests will have the opportunity to hear the programme the orchestra will perform at the Proms. More about the programme hereTicket sales for various ISO concerts start 19th August. 

Reindeers in Harpa

The Reindeer exhibition features the beautiful reindeer and is the perfect mix between nature, culture and latest technology. Inspirational and interactive edhibition for all to enjoy. Tickets to be found here.

Pearls of Icelandic Songs

Pearls of Icelandic Songs concert series will be on in Harpa this summer. Guests interested in Guided Tours in Harpa along with a concert get a 20% discount off the concert price at the ticket office. 

Maxine Hagan gives Hatha Yoga classes in Harpa this summer

The yoga classes are open for everyone, beginners alike. Lessons will be held Tuesday mornings at 08:00. Bring along comfortable clothing, a water bottle and your yoga mat. More about free Hatha Yoga. See you there!

Shakespeare's Globe in Harpa

Shakespeare's Globe presents Hamlet in Harpa on 23rd July at 19:30. This will be the first theatre production in Eldborg- Main Hall. Globe is now on a world tour to every country in the world. Tickets for Hamlet. About Globe on tour