In just a few years, Iceland has been transformed from ‘Europe’s best-kept secret’ to the location of choice. A feature in this transformation was the redevelopment of Reykjavík’s harbour area from a fishing port into a cultural and entertainment district. Its focal point and crown jewel is without a doubt Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre. Home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Icelandic Opera and the Reykjavík Big Band, located right in the heart of the colourful and charming city centre.
Designed by Danish architectural firm, Henning Larsen, Danish-Icelandic artist, Ólafur Elíasson and Icelandic architectural firm, Batteríið, with Vladimir Ashkenazy as the artistic advisor, their plan was to create a cultural centre for the entire northern hemisphere.
Living up to its role, Harpa offers an ambitious year-round programme of cultural events. During the summer months guests can enjoy daily concerts like Reykjavík Classics, featuring live classical music performed by artist of the highest caliber as well as Pearls of Icelandic Song, a classical Icelandic music programme consisting of some of the most beloved folk-songs and hymns. Both concerts take place in one of the ten best concert halls of the new millennium, Eldborg.
How to Become Icelandic in 60 minutes is a popular show performed daily as well as Icelandic Sagas, a 75 minute theatrical comedy roller coaster ride through Iceland’s literary heritage, in English!
Múlinn Jazz Club plays weekly every Wednesday night in Björtuloft hall, offering world class performance along with the greatest harbour view in Reykjavik.
Guests can also participate in a guided tour, every day, on the hour, between ten till five in the afternoon. The tour provides exclusive access to restricted areas and hidden corners of Harpa – and the opportunity to photograph this architectural gem from new intriguing angles.
Enjoy the sounds of summer with a visit to Harpa and experience Icelandic culture at its best.