Pho­to­graphy in Harpa

Harpa is an award-winning work of art that millions of people have visited since its opening. The house is very popular for all kinds of photography, but it is important to keep in mind that the glass facade of the house is copyrighted.

It is not permitted to take photos or videos in Harpa, either indoors or outdoors, without the required permission, except in the case of personal photography. Personal photos are, for example, confirmation photos, student photos and wedding photos where the subject is intended for personal use.

Harpa is copyrighted and photography and recording projects must be submitted to the management of Harpa, the house's designers and architects. A fee is charged for photography and recordings for larger projects.

You need to apply for a permit for the following:

  • Photography for promotional purposes, e.g. for corporate employee photography, individual photography for public use, all kinds of commercials for large and small companies.
  • All recordings of concerts, whether audio or video, are strictly prohibited except with required permission.
  • Personal photography in open spaces is allowed as long as it does not interfere with the operation of the building. It is best to send in an inquiry with the date and time so as not to overlap with an event.
  • Inquiries regarding permission to photograph or record are to be sent to
  • It is important that when Harpa gives permissions for Commercial photo sessions/ filming in Harpa that the designers are correctly mentioned in the image captions: Architects: Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects. Façade design and development: Olafur Eliasson and Studio Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects.