Harpa was selected as one of the greatest concert halls of the new millennium by Gramophone magazine and as Best Performance Venue 2011 by Travel & Leisure magazine.
Harpa’s facade is designed by renowned artist Ólafur Elíasson, Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects.
Since opening in May 2011, Harpa has already welcomed over 3 million guests and an impressive cast of celebrated musicians and cultural icons to its halls.
International performers have included Jamie Cullum, Bryan Ferry, Tony Bennett, Jonas Kaufmann; world-renowned pianist Maria Joao Pires, violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov, conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. In autumn 2012 one of the world’s most renowned orchestras, The Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Simon Rattle, performed in Eldborg - main hall.
Harpa has presented musicians and cultural icons such as Björk and Yoko Ono as part of the Iceland Airwaves annual music festival. Among the international conferences that have been held in Harpa since its opening are EUWIN 2011 and EABCT 2011, You Are In Control, Eve Online Fanfest, Poptech and Vestnorden.
Harpa also offers Munnharpan, a lively café on the 1st level, and Kolabrautin, the a-la-carte restaurant and bar with stunning views, on the 4th level. On the 1st level you will find two shops: 12 Tónar, the music specialists, and Epal, a gift store with a great selection of Nordic design and gift items.
Guided tours of the building are available daily.