Four tours daily.
09:00, 11:00, 13:30, 15:30.
Four tours daily.
09:00, 11:00, 13:30, 15:30.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 here. Ticket sales for various ISO concerts start 19th August.
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.
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!
The Nordic Chef's Association congress in Stavanger, Taste Norway introduces a joint dinner. Courses from every Nordic country will be presented by 1000 Chefs. More about WACS 2014 here.
It will be lively in Harpa on the National Day, 17th June. Family entertainment. Singalong, choirs, fanfare, troubadours, circus acts, dance lessons, dance acts, musical geniuses, sailing, Maximus Musicus and lots more. Programme here
The Orchestra will be playing in Reykjavík Midsummer Music Festival in Harpa this Sunday evening at 20:00. The word on the street is that they will be appearing along with their star violinist Pekka Kuusisto in places such as Kex Hostel, Slippbarinn and Kaffibarinn late this evening.
There will be a guided tour on Viðey Island for English speaking guests on Friday 13th at 12:30 p.m. The tour guide is Heiðar Kári Rannversson, B.A. in art history and theory and M.A. in art research.The ferry leaves from Harpa at 12.00 at noon. More details here.
"The Shed reflects the life of a musician, that rehearses for weeks in all sorts of conditions and practices on pianos of various sort." Víkingur Heiðar will be practicing in The Shed in the afternoons in the coming week in the run up to the opening of the festival Reykjavík Midsummer Music. Here you can see pictures of The Shed.
Tomorrow 6th of June at 19:30 the musicians of Podium Festival lead their audience into the darkness in K2, Harpa's lower level basement. Audience and performers get a chance to explore their senses in a totally new way.
Kristján Jóhannsson, Garðar Thór Cortes and Gissur Páll Gissurarson offer a unique feast of food and music in Björtuloft this summer. More details here.
Due to massive demand, another show has been added on 27th June at 20:00. Ticket sales start on 5th June at 12 noon. Press here for further details.
Fisherman's Day will be eventful in Harpa. Maximus Musicus, Skoppa and Skrítla, a parade, live music and a Fisherman's Ball in Flói. More detailed programme here.
The largest language technology conference in the world, LREC - Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, will be held at Harpa 26th to May 31st. The conference is expected to give Icelandic companies inspiration and ideas regarding Icelandic in digital information.
The Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel lost his voice during a recital in Eldborg at Reykjavik Arts Festival. He decided not to finish the concert and announced to the audience that he would return at the earliest opportunity. A new date has already been set and Bryn will be returning to repeat the recital on 10th July.
The 23-year-old singer-songwriter, whose 2013 record Long Way Down topped the UK chart in July, will be playing at Harpa on June 26th. Only few tickets left. Buy now.
Different musical currents at the Undercurrent. Oyama is a young Reykjavik band that plays marginal rock in the spirit of the tenth decade. American musician Jordan Dykstra opens the concert at 17:30.
Tonight's concert will premiere music by three members of the band, Kjartan Valdemarsson, Snorra Sigurðarson and Hauk Gröndal. Music by Haukur Gröndal is inspired by Icelandic folk music which makes it slightly untraditional for a big band but yet not too unconventional.
EVE Fanfest takes place on May 1st- May 3rd in Harpa. The festival and conference celebrates the tenth anniversary of the game and over 1500 international attendees are expected. Over 80 international journalists are in Harpa documenting the fanfest.
Elvis Presley will be performing in Eldborg stage via state-of-the art video screens singing lead vocals backed by a live band, singers and an orchestra. Few tickets available for the extra show on April 23rd at 21:00
Icelandic band Hjaltalín who have enjoyed enormous success in recent years will be performing in Eldborg on April 16th. This is the first band of the younger Icelandic generation to host such a large concert in Harpa. Only very few seats are still available.
Reykjavík Fashion Festival took place in Harpa on Saturday where several Icelandic designers showed their fall/winter collections for 2014. Here you can see some photographs from the shows.
Hönnunarmars hefst í dag og DesignTalks, fyrirlestradagur HönnunarMars í Hörpu markar upphaf hátíðarinnar. Einvala lið alþjóðlegra hönnuða og arkitekta flytja erindi á fyrirlestradeginum. Þar verða ný hlutverk hönnuða og arkitekta í brennidepli og hönnun skoðuð sem leiðandi afl á tímum breytinga, í óvæntu samhengi og samstarfi. Reykjavik Fashion Festival er hafinn en í kvöld verður sýning 2.árs fatahönnunarnema við Listaháskóla Íslands í Norðurljósum. Á laugardaginn verða svo aðalsýningarnar á RFF sem standa yfir allan daginn.
DesignMarch opens in Harpa today with DesignTalks, a day of talks by leading international design thinkers.Dealing with Reality brings together international designers, architects and leaders from the creative industries to explore designers and architects as visionaries, strategists and future thinkers when addressing real world challenges in different contexts. Calvin Klein is one of the speakers. Reykjavík Fashion Festival takes place in Harpa on Saturday with various fashion shows throughout the day.
The concert Stopp - protect the park which took place in Eldborg main hall on Tuesday was extremely successful. The concert, which sold out, raised 35 million ISK altogether for Icelandic nature including a donation from the Pálmi Jónsson nature protection fund for 24 million ISK. The event was held in collaboration with Darren Aronofsky who premiered his film Noah that same night. Amongst the artists performing were Björk, Patti Smith and Lycke Li.
Harpa has been selected one of 15 most beautiful concert halls in the world by building data company Emporis.The Hamburg-based company has put together a list of what it's calling the world's most spectacular concert halls.Sidney Opera house does not make it to the list. More on the story HERE.
On Tuesday, March 18, the film Noah will have a premier in Egilsbio Cinema and later in the evening there will be a charity concert in Harpa's Eldborg hall, where musicians will perform in support for conservation of Icelandic nature. Performing are Björk, Patti Smith, Of Monsters and Men, Retro Stefson, Mammút, Samaris and Lycke Li.The film Noah was shot in Iceland in the summer of 2012 and the producers took great care not to cause any damage to the nature of Iceland. All artists will donate their work and the net income will be donated to INCA and Landvernd. Tickets go on sale on March 4th.
A brand new Icelandic Opera, Ragnheiður, by the composer Gunnar Þórðarson and librettist Friðrik Erlingsson, will have its world premiere on the 1st of March.The opera is based on true historical events that took place in Iceland in the mid 16th century. Due to great demand for tickets, an additional date has been added. Tickets available HERE.
Food and Fun is held for the thirteenth time this year between February 26th - March 2nd. The core element of the festival involves world-acclaimed chefs collaborating with Reykjavik's finest restaurants. Each chef is assigned to one of the participating restaurants, where they prepare a special menu crafted from Icelandic ingredients only, commonly held to be the best in the world by Icelanders. The menus are presented at all the restaurants for an entire week. The festival's grand finale takes place with a contest in Harpa on Saturday March 1st. Guest chef at Harpa's Kolabrautin restaurant during the festival is Allessandro Gavagna from La Subida in Italy.
The next concert in the Múlinn Jazz Club concert series will take place on Wednesday evening, February 26th in Björtuloft reception hall. Appearing are the ASA trio which is comprised of organist Agnar Már Magnússon, guitarist Andrés Thor Gunnlaugsson and Scott McLemore on drums. Tickets available at the Harpa box office.
The Northern Lights have been especially vivid in the last few weeks. North Sailing will be offering magical Northern Lights sailing trips departing from Harpa this week. A guide will tell you about this natural phenomenon and the surrounding landscape and hot chocolate and cinnamon buns will warm you up on the trip. North Sailing also offer warm overalls for all passengers. Children are welcome. For more details click HERE.
The Reykjavik Wind Quintet (Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir, flute; Daði Kolbeinsson, oboe; Einar Jóhannesson, clarinet; Jósef Ognibene, horn; Darri Mikaelsson, bassoon) and Peter Maté, piano, premiere a new piece by Icelandic musician Högni Egilsson on Sunday. Egilsson is one of Iceland's brightest musical stars and is a member of the band Hjaltalín. Högni's piece is called "Tetiana Chornovol's moment" and is inspired by Ukranian journalist and activist Tetiana Chornovol. Tickets available here.
Múlinn jazz club hosts its first concert of the spring concert series on Wednesday February 19th. All Múlinn concerts will take place on Wednesdays in Björtuloft reception hal on the 6th and 7th floor of Harpa which offers stunning views.
ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice . Harpa is such a place on Friday 14th of February when UN women organise a lunchtime dance in Harpa in collaboration with Sónar Reykjavík and Lunchbeat. Last year over two thousand men, women and children danced for the rights of women in Harpa and UN Women hope that this year even more people will join the event. The music will be in the hands of DJ Margeir and the event takes place on the ground floor at noon.
Sónar Reykjavík starts this Thursday and is held in Harpa for the second time.
Artists performing include Major Lazer, Paul Kalbrenner,Trentemøller, GusGus, Bonobo, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree, James Holden, Diplo, Jon Hopkins, FM Belfast, Hjaltalín,Daphni, Evian Christ, Kölsch, Sísý Ey, Ojba Rasta, Kiasmos, When Saints Go Machine, Gluteus Maximus, Vök, Eloq, Moses Hightowerand many, many more. Festival passes are still available HERE.
Olafur Eliasson has created a new light concept for the glass facade of Harpa, titled Holding hands with Reykjavik, 2014. The ligth concept is developed on the occasion of the Reykjavík Winter Lights Festival 2014. This new light sequence will be premired at the inauguration of The Reykjavík Winter Festival on February 6th and is included in an event titled „Architectural lighting- an art walk through Reykjavík“ which the general public can attend free of charge.
A feast of pure Colour, Motion and Sound. Non-representational Art takes the lead at Reykavík Visual Music – Punto y Raya Festival, which will take place from January 30th to February 2nd 2014 at HARPA Concert Hall and Conference Centre. The programme features live performances by major artists like Ryoji Ikeda and Ryoichi Kurokawa; specially commissioned opening concerts by Sigurður Guðjónsson + Anna Þorvaldsdóttir & Bret Battey + Hugi Guðmundsson; guest Austrian and Polish Film panoramas, and the selected works in the international live set & short-film Competitions, which brought together nearly 500 artists from 46 countries. Watch a trailer HERE.
Icelandic pianist Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson is interviewed by Fréttabladid today where he talks about the forthcoming concert on Tuesday night where Philip Glass premieres his work The Etudes in Harpa on January 28th with Ólafsson and Maki Namekawa from Japan. Ólafsson says that he is extremely honoured to be performing with Philip Glass who he finds a remarkable composer. "I have never performed minimalism before so Glass is a good start."
Harpa proudly present Wynton Marsalis who will be performing in Eldborg main hall on July 4th accompanied by the Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Orchestra. The concert is organised by Harpa in conjunction with the Reykjavík Jazz Festival . Ticket sales begin on February 15th.
Christmas Eve December 24th - closed from noon (12:00) , box office open 10:00- 12:00
Christmas Day December 25th - closed
Boxing Day December 26th - open, box office open
December 31st - closed from 14:00 box office closed all day
New Years Eve- closed
Philip Glass will premiere his work The Etudes in Harpa on January 28th with Icelandic pianist Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson and Maki Namekawa from Japan. He conceived the work as a set of twenty works for solo piano in order to expand his piano technique. In the 1990’s Glass composed sixteen of the etudes with each taking a unique approach to the instrument. After a decade, the final four piano etudes have been commissioned in celebration of Glass’ 75th birthday year, premiering in Perth, Australia on February 16, 2013. The complete set of The Piano Etudes will be performed in this concert by Philip Glass and the guest pianists in an evening of master piano works for the 21st century.
The annual designer's Pop-Up market will be held in cooperation with Epal in Harpa on November 30th - December 1st and December 7th and 8th. The market is situated on the ground floor and is open from noon until 6 pm both weekends.
A feast of pure Colour, Motion and Sound. Non-representational Art takes the lead at the first edition of Reykavík Visual Music – Punto y Raya Festival, which will take place from January 30 to February 2nd 2014. More on the festival here www.puntoyrayafestival.com
Paul Lewis is internationally recognised as one of the leading pianists of his generation. He will be performing in Norðurljós recital hall on November 26th as part of Harpa's Masterpianist series.
This exhibition shows both the results of the 2013 Prize as well as works that have been selected by the juries over the years, composing a timeline of the development of European architecture during the last quarter of a century.More here
The second and third (last) performance of Swan Lake is today, Wednesday at 5 pm and at 8 pm. Here is an image of the dancers of the St.Petersburg Festival Ballet rehearsing in Eldborg main hall.
Harpa, in association with Nordursigling will be offering sailing trips and parties aboard the scooner "Opal" this winter. Please contact our conference department for further details.
Crowds attended Harpa's off-venue programme at Iceland Airwaves, Undercurrent. Amongst the bands playing were Apparat Organ Quartet, Ghostigital and Singpore Sling. Here you can see further images.
"The big news here is Reykjavik’s dazzling new Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center." Rick Steves writes about Harpa in an article on Iceland. Read the whole article here:
Iceland Airwaves takes place on October 30th - Nov.2nd. The festival is sold out. Undercurrent, the Harpa concert series in collaboration with 12tonar music store hosts an ambitious off-venue programme on two stages within Harpa, as well as a special Undercurrent boat by the harbour on Friday and Saturday. Amongst the bands playing at our off-venue are Apparat Organ Quartet, Singapore Sling, Ghostigital and Dream Central Station. Find the schedule here