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Summer 2016 at Harpa

Harpa greets thousands of visitors every day during the summer. The summer season has never been as busy with Harpa regulars instituting a fuller summer programme. The most recently launched concert series during lunchtime in Eldborg and the viking play, Icelandic Sagas – Greatest Hits will most certainly appeal to culture seeking tourist in Iceland. One of Iceland’s most distinguished music festivals, Reykjavik Midsummer Music will take place the fifth year in a row, with exceptional musicians from all over the world, this year evolving around the theme ‘Wanderer’. Múlinn Jazz Club continues to play weekly at Björtuloft hall surrounded by the greatest harbour view in Reykjavik. This summer Harpa premieres a new scenic hall with two exhibitions, honouring David Bowie and commemorating Icelandic emigrants to North America. Pearls of Icelandic Song will bring life to Icelandic art and folk songs and foreigners will get a lesson or two in How to become Icelandic from hilarious stand-up comedians. More information below and on www.harpa.is

Harpa regulars

  • The Harpa daily guided tour: Experience Harpa behind the scenes. Daily trips at 11:00, 13:30, 15:30 and 17:30. Special tours in Italian, French, Danish, German, Finnish.
  • The Expo Pavillion: A fifteen minute long film, presenting Iceland in all its diversity. Footage from both city and nature is projected onto the four walls and the ceiling of the pavillion, together forming a cube that surrounds its guests. You fly through waterfalls, a marathon, and a volcano even erupts. Showing every 30 minutes.
  • How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes: This show is much more than a stand-up comedy routine, it is a hilarious blend of incisive and visual observation of the Icelandic human condition, their attitudes, struggles and everyday life. You will laugh and learn and at the end of the show leave the theatre feeling 100% Icelandic. Daily shows.
  • Pearls of Icelandic Song: Classical Icelandic music in programmes consisting of some of the most beloved Icelandic songs, folk-songs and hymns. Programmes are sung in Icelandic but annotated in English to aid foreigners in getting acquainted with classical Icelandic music. Weekly concerts.
  • Reykjavík Classics in Eldborg: The new concert series is a welcome addition to the vibrant scene of arts and culture in the Capital and is specifically designed to fulfil the demand raised by the enthusiasts of music among international travellers, in particular those who wish to listen to live performances of classical music, performed by artists of the highest caliber, in “one of the ten best concert halls of the new millennium”.  Daily lunchtime concerts from 30 June.
  • Icelandic Sagas – The Greatest Hits: Presented by two of Iceland‘s finest actors, Icelandic Sagas – The Greatest hits, is a 75 minute theatrical comedy roller coaster ride through Iceland’s literary heritage. In English! The Icelandic Sagas are the 40 true stories of the first settlers of Iceland – Well, Icelanders say they’re true. Everyone else says: Get out of here! Weekly shows in Norðurljós.
  • Múlinn Jazzclub: Presents weekly jazz in rendering surroundings in Björtuloft, the only hall at Harpa with an inbuilt bar and open air balcony. Múlinn welcomes you on a Wednesday.

Exhibitions premiering a new hall at Harpa with a panoramic view

  • Bowie – The Session by the world famous Gavin Evans. Open daily.
  • Silent Flashes – The Icelandic Emigration Center‘s Exhibit. Open daily.

Major event

May 2016

  • 16 May: Bryan Ferry in Eldborg
  • 19 May: Emilíana Torrini and Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Eldborg.
  • 20-22 May: Fairy tale opera Marguerite. Family opera. Norðurljós.
  • 25 May: Ashkenazy conducts at the Reykjavik Arts Festival. Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Eldborg.
  • 28-31 May: San Francisco Ballet at Harpa with Iceland Symphony Orchestra at Reykjavik Arts Festival. Eldborg.

June 2016

  • 2 June: A Russian celebration. Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Eldborg.
  • 3 June: Flamenco Today by Carlos Saura. Eldborg.
  • 4 June: UR_Chamber Opera. Reykjavik Arts Festival. Norðurljós.
  • 4-5 June: Festival of the Sea. Harpa.
  • 6-17 June: Harpa International Music Academy. Norðurljós and Kaldalón.
  • 9 June: Das himmlische Leben. Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Eldborg.
  • 11-12 June: STOMP. Eldborg.
  • 16-19 June: Reykjavík Midsummer Music Festival. Eldborg and Norðurljós.
  • 17 June: Iceland‘s National Day celebrated at Harpa. Diverse family programme open to all.

July 2016

  • 10 July: Summer Opera Gala. Scenes from Icelandic and international operas.
  • 12 July: Burt Bacharach live on stage.
  • 17 July: James Morrison
  • 17 July: Summer Opera Gala. Scenes from Icelandic and international operas.
  • 24 July: Summer Opera Gala. Scenes from Icelandic and international operas.


August 2016


  • 7 August: Summer Opera Gala. Scenes from Icelandic and international operas.
  • 9-14 August: Reykjavik Jazz Festival.
  • 10 August: Snarky Puppy live at Harpa.
  • 14 August: Summer Opera Gala. Scenes from Icelandic and international operas.


September 2016

  • Iceland Symphony Orchestra 5 concerts in September.
  • 6 September: Bryan Wilson – Pet Sounds.
  • 17 September: Chris Norman from Smokie