Harpa is one of Reykjavík’s most striking landmarks and a centre of cultural and social life in the very heart of the city. Harpa is a tourist destination and an award-winning work of art that has been visited by millions of people since opening in 2011.
Harpa was chosen as one of the best concert halls of the new millennium by the renowned Gramophone Magazine and as the best event hall of 2011 by Travel & Leisure magazine. In the autumn of 2012, Harpa won the MICE Award for Best Conference Centre in Northern Europe and, in 2016, received the award for Best Conference Centre in Europe from Business Destination magazine.
Harpa is home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic Opera and Reykjavík Big Band, which hold regular concerts through out the year. Múlinn jazzclub also resides in Harpa as well as Classic Sundays.
Numerous music festivals have been held in Harpa since the house opened in 2011 and world-famous bands, soloists, dance groups and theatre companies have performed here. Harpa annually presents Upptaktinn, the children’s music awards, and the musical mouse Maximus Musikus is often seen strolling around the house, welcoming Harpa’s youngest guests.