An incredible development in central Reykjavik, the Harpa Concert Hall provides a venue for world-class concerts and conferences of all kinds. Harpa is the first venue of its kind in the city, purpose-built for musical events meaning the acoustics are ideal for crisp, clear sound.
The hall now plays host to national and international touring symphonies and classical artists, including the Berlin Philaharmonic and the Iceland Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition, this huge entertainment center hosts master classes in the arts, making use of its ample conference space and additional rooms.
An architectural feat
An impressive sight to behold, the Harpa concert hall is built of steel and geometrically shaped glass of different colors by artist Olafur Eliasson and Henning Larsen. It opened its doors for the first time in 2011 as part of the Austurhöfn development, a new center of commerce in culture near Reykjavik's eastern harbour. Since then, this huge venue has won a number of awards including the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture and the World Architecture Award.
Take a tour
For those who are more interested in the architectural feat and awe-inspiring design of the concert hall, take a guided tour. For just under an hour you will be stepped through the process of building the amazing halls and exterior. Learn how sound travel was a key thought in its construction through clever demonstrations, and access places reserved for performers. Once behind the scenes you will be let in on some of the secrets of the building and they will even let you get a photo of you standing center stage.
Stay close to this state-of-the-art entertainment facility with a well-placed hotel room at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik. With relaxed surroundings, comfortable bedrooms and helpful in-house services, the hotel is a natural choice whether you are visiting the city for leisure purposes or a specific conferences or event.