Another visit to Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

Back in MayI was invited to tag along on a guided tour around Harpa. I enjoyed it but there were a lot of things unfinished and construction workers everywhere. Last week a friend of mine asked me to join him on another guided tour and I just had to go back to see how far they have come. There is still unfinished business all around but it’s coming along. Apparently it is to be ready by August 20th.

I have to recommend the guided tours around Harpa, seeing that I’m becoming somewhat of an expert on the matter. It’s about 45 minutes and costs 1500 ISK – money well spent according to a Swiss tourist that I chatted to after the tour. You get to visit all the halls, go back to the green room area and the guide does a good job of telling you about the building and all the gizmos that they have to get the best possible sound.

There are guided tours in English twice daily: at 11:00 and at 15:30. There’s no need to book ahead unless you intend to visit with a big group in which case you best send an e-mail to We showed up five minutes before the tour started, in the typical late Icelandic fashion, and it was just fine.

Below you will find some photos from our visit. If you are interested in music in any form or just nice buildings, I highly recommend you splurge on this tour.


The view from the conference area in Harpa


The Kaldalón hall is the chamber hall


Norðurljós hall - currently the home of the musical Hair


The guide played around with the lighting in Norðurljós hall to show us it's full potential - as you may have figured out by now Norðurljós means Northern lights


A part of the glass sculpture - the dark building you can see is the Central Bank of Iceland


The lobby and Nordic Tapas restaurant Munnharpan


Eldborg Main Hall - seen from the stage

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