Visit to the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik: timetables, prices and advice

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Concert hall and conference center, in an area of ​​28.000 square meters and 43 meters high; hyper-modern architecture made of steel with multi-colored geometric windows, inspired by the Icelandic basalt landscape; home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and The Icelandic Opera: all this bears the name of Harpa Concert Hall, in Reykjavik.

Index

  1. Hours and prices
  2. Online tickets and guided tours
  3. What to see and how to visit the Harpa Concert Hall
  4. Where is it and how to get there
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

  • Every day 8: 00-24: 00, Box Office open 12: 00-18: 00
  • Best time to avoid queues: at least one hour before the start of the shows, and as regards the Box Office, it is better to buy the ticket in the early afternoon to avoid the risk of queues
  • guided tour 1500 ISK (€ 12,00)
  • Free: It is possible to enter and visit the Harpa Concert Hall for free, without any audio guide or guided tour

Online tickets and guided tours

What to see and how to visit the Harpa Concert Hall

The Harpa Concert Hall has a shop with products of Northern European design, it is also home to 2 tour operators that can organize any type of activity thanks to its diversified team, a restaurant-cafe for lunch, a restaurant-bar for the dinner and after dinner and finally a magnificent shop that has gifts, books and flowers of all kinds.
As for the main structure of Harpa, there are 8 main spaces:





  1. Eldborg - The largest room in the entire structure, conceived with all the trappings of the best international locations, with acoustic technology that can adapt to any different type of music, conference and event, with a capacity of 1.800 people.
  2. Björtuloft (or Bright Lofts) - The area located on top of the Harpa Concert Hall, with stunning views over Reykjavik, the sea and Mount Esja. It is the perfect and elegant place for business meetings, private dinners and events by reservation. Split over 2 floors, with a total space of 400 sq m. with a total capacity of about 200 people inside and almost 300 if we also consider the outdoor terrace.
  3. Meeting Rooms - Harpa has a wide range of meeting rooms, of which the largest, Ríma, can also be divided into two parts. Each room offers the technology needed for all types of meetings.
  4. Háaloft - On the eighth floor of Harpa we find this magnificent room that dominates the west part of the city, the harbor and the surrounding mountains, so much so that it is named "Little Roof of Reykjavik", with its 200 square meters of space, huge screens and bar included .
  5. Kaldalón - The smallest room in Harpa, located on the first floor, suitable for any type of event, conference, concert, meeting. With a sloping stalls of 195 seats, it has a mobile stage that can be used as a platform of various types for various occasions.
  6. Norðurljós - This room can host various types of events, especially small concerts and various exhibitions, with a fully customizable dedicated lighting park and a capacity of 520 people.
  7. Silfurberg - The conference room par excellence, which bears the name of a rare and translucent crystal in Iceland, with a capacity of 840 people, with a mobile stage and an acoustic technology totally adaptable to various events.
  8. Flói, Eyri, Hörpuhorn, Norðurbryggju - These are the various reception areas and exhibition space, from 300 to 1.000 square meters suitable for small and large events.

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: 900 meters from Reykjavik Municipality, via Vonarstræti and then follow the Lækjargata main route to your destination - Get directions
  • By bus: starting from the Municipality, you reach the bus stop in Ráðhúsið, waiting for the 12 or 13 which pass approximately every 15 minutes, and in 5 minutes you will arrive a few steps from our destination - Get directions
  • By car: Starting from the Municipality, the car route is the same as the bus or the walk, then passing through the two streets of Vonarstræti and Lækjargata, then entering Ingólfsgarður, so as to park right in front of the Harpa Concert Hall - Get directions

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Buy the city card: essential to have all the info and possible discounts scattered around the city at hand: you can choose between 3 types of cards, depending on whether you have 24/48/72 hours of time for our visit to Reykjavik with costs starting from € 17,50
  2. Minimum time: considering the large spaces of the structure, it is advisable to dedicate at least a couple of hours to the visit, including a possible guided tour of less than 1 hour and a stop at the various shops and restaurants of the structure.

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

Born on the ashes of an abandoned financial-commercial area, in 2007 the works of the Danish studio Henning Larsen started in synergy with the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, then interrupted after just one year due to the serious crisis that hit Iceland in 2008. so much so that for some years this was the only active construction site in the whole country. Inaugurated on May 4, 2011 with a solemn concert by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra: a true symbol for Iceland, whose importance lasts over the years, and is amplified by some international TV series that have chosen it as the location for some episodes.




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