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Sounds of Summer

Daily events in Harpa

Living up to its role Harpa offers an ambitious year-round cultural events and daily events during the summer months. Experience the award winning architecture of Harpa with a guided tour, visit the Iceland Expo Pavillion, listen to concerts in one of the ten best concert halls of the new millennium or enjoy theatrical comedy roller coaster. 

Harpa Guided Tour
Experience the award winning architecture of Harpa and visit areas that are not open to the general public. Your guide will share some of Harpa’s secrets, stories of odd incidents and the struggles during the economic crisis. Learn how Icelandic nature, volcanoes and the Arctic light inspired the unique design and the amazing glass facade of the house – and be able to photograph it from new intriguing angles; allowing you to explore the less visible brilliance of this world renowned architectural masterpiece. Ticket price is 1.500 ISK.

From June 19th – August 25th
Daily on the hour from 10:00 – 17:00. The tour is in English and takes 30 minutes.

From August 26th – June 18th
Weekdays at 13:00, 15:30* and 16:30 / Weekends at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:30

*Except on Tuesdays 

Reykjavik Classics
This unique concert series is now in its second year and is indeed a welcome addition to the vibrant scene of arts and culture in the Capital. Reykjavik Classics features live classical music performed by artists of the highest caliber in “one of the ten best concert halls of the new millennium.” (Gramophone)

From June 26th – August 16th
Two concerts daily at 12:30 and 15:30. Each concert lasts for a total of 30 minutes without intermission. Tickets price is 2.900 ISK.

Pearls of Icelandic Song
Pearls of Icelandic Song invite the audience to get acquainted with classical Icelandic music where the cream of Icelandic songs, folk songs, hymns and national songs are performed. The concerts come in slightly different variations but are all with English translations and moderation so foreign visitors can experience the exciting world of Icelandic music. Poets and songs are presented in English along with the stories behind the music. Performers are young talented local singers and pianists mixed with older and more experienced artists.

From June 27th – August 8th
Daily concert at 18:00. The concert is approx. one hour and without intermission. Ticket price is 3.900 ISK.

How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes
How To Become Icelandic In 60 Minutes teaches you everything you need to know about being Icelandic in just one hour. Written, directed and performed by some of Iceland’s most popular comedians well known from stage and screen. The 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 theater feeling 100% Icelandic.

From July 1st – August 31st
Daily shows at 19:00. Ticket price is 4.500 ISK.

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. Passed down the generations and preserved on calf-skin manuscripts they are the crown jewels of Icelandic culture, amazing stories of ordinary vikings, facing ordinary viking problems – like how to get your wife to stop killing your neighbor’s slaves, what to do when someone calls you a horse-ass-eater and how to sue your brother in-law for not living up to your sister’s… expectations.

From July 1st – August 31st
Regular shows at 20:15. Ticket price is 4.900 ISK.

So enjoy the sounds of summer with a visit to Harpa and experience Icelandic culture at its best!

The Iceland Expo Pavillion
The pavillion features a unique 360-degree film where the walls and ceiling form a visual unity. Over 3 million guests have visited the pavillion but the aim is to present the pearls of Icelandic nature in an impressive short movie. The film, which is fifteen minutes long, presents 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.

Opening hours
Show runs every 30 minutes daily from 10:30 to 18:00. Admission fee is 1.500 ISK.