Harpa

  • Harpa concert hall and conference centre
  • Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
  • Opening Ceremony Eldborg
  • Banquet setup organized by Practical DMC
  • Flói reception, banquet and exhibition area
  • Posters in Flói
  • Conference of 2400 guests - EOS organized by Congress Reykjavík
  • Exhibition Silfurberg
  • Kaldalón, colours in wall can be changed
  • Harpa entrance
  • For every age to enjoy
  • Björtuloft 6th floor
  • Exhibition Silfurberg 2013
  • Harpa in twilight
  • Björtuloft
  • Eldborg
  • Skybar & entrance to Kolabrautin restaurant
  • Kaldalón
  • Munnharpa restaurant
  • Norðurljós
  • Silfurberg conference hall

Harpa is a new concert hall and conference centre in the heart of Reykjavik, Iceland. This unique architectural gem is situated on the picturesque Reykjavík harbour in the city centre and features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the North Atlantic Ocean. Everything you need is within reach like hotels, restaurants, museums, art galleries and shopping as well as various activities and sightseeing.

Harpa‘s striking facade draws its inspiration from crystallised basalt columns commonly found in Icelandic nature and was designed by Ólafur Elíasson, Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects.  Its dramatic design captures and reflects the light of the city, ocean and sky to a thrilling effect.  Harpa won the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award 2013 and the Mice Report Awards 2012 as the Best Conference Centre in Northern Europe. The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon visited Harpa in July 2013 and expressed great admiration for the building and it´s functionality.

Harpa combines stunning architecture with state of the art technology in all areas of functions within the building. Four main halls and several meeting rooms offer some of the most technologically advanced equipment available. Harpa also features spacious reception and exhibition areas that can be used for a variety of happenings.

Harpa offers outstanding facilities for conventions with accompanying trade shows, conferences, meetings, product launches, concerts and other cultural events. We offer a highly experienced, professional and committed team who pride themselves on a warm and personal customer service.

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is an eco-friendly building. It was designed to use mostly natural light through the glass facade which covers three of the four sides resulting in significant reduction in power consumption. All those who were chosen to operate within Harpa have sustainability as one of their main goals. Both restaurants and catering services use mainly local produce and follow strict recycling standards.

Among the international conferences and events that have been hosted in Harpa are; EUWIN in 2011 (The European Workplace Innovation Network), EABCT in 2011 (The European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies), Poptech, Eve Online Fanfest with over 1500 attendees. The biggest conference booked so far is The European Orthodontic Socitey held in June 2013 with 2.450 attendees.

We look forward to welcoming you in Harpa,

Karitas Kjartansdóttir, Director of Conferences Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Green Policy

  • Nearly all energy consumed in Icelandic households and businesses comes from clean renewable hydroelectric and geothermal energy sources. Harpa is connected to the Icelandic power grid, which has one of the highest uptime in the world
  • The water used in Harpa comes from water reserves located on the outskirts of Reykjavík. The water is of the highest quality and no treatment is required before it is distributed to consumers
  • The facade is made of glass, resulting in reduction in lighting cost
  • All waste in Harpa is sorted an all recyclable waste is recycled
  • All detergents used in Harpa have the Swan label, a well-known ecolabelling used in the Nordic countries
Contact information
Harpa
Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík
Tel. +354 528 5000
Enquiries
For conference halls please contact
conferences@harpa.is
Website
www.harpa.is
Specific features
Harpa is designed and developed to meet all the requirements of a world-class, international conference venue.

Since our opening in August 2011 until May 2013 we have hosted more than 1000 different events in Harpa and had around 2 million visitors.

Total size: 31.000 m²
Meeting space 3.167 m²
Exhibition space 2.500 m²
43 meters tall
4 main halls
10 meeting rooms
Several Banquet & Reception areas

Conference rooms

Eldborg is HARPA´s largest hall capable ...
Silfurberg, is a large conference hall ...
Kaldalón, the smallest hall in the ...
Norðurljós is a spacious hall that ...
Harpa can host everything from small ...

Capacity chart

NameCategoryTheatreClass
room
U-ShapeBoard
room
BanquetReceptSize (m2)Height (m)L & W (m)Level
Silfurberg A Conference hall 360 250 - - 240 400 367,5 8 17x24 2
Silfurberg B Conference room 378 324 - - 240 400 367.5 8 17x25 3
Silfurberg A+B Conference hall

840

600   - - 540 1,100 735 8 35x21 2
Eldborg Concert/conference hall 1.600  -  - - -  - 1.008 23 42x24 2
Norðurljós Recital hall 520 400  - - 310 650 540 12 27x20 2
Kaldalón Auditorium 195  -  - - -  - 198  8 11x18  1
Ríma A Meeting hall  66 50  - 30 50 120 72 3.8 9x8 1
Ríma B Meeting hall 66  50  - 30 40 120  72  3.8  9x9 2
Rima A+B Meeting hall 130 100   - 70 90 250 144  3.8 9x16  1
Vísa 1 Meeting room 20  12   - 8 -  - 20 3.8 4x5
Vísa 2 Meeting room 20  12   - 8 -  - 20  3.8  4x6 
Vísa 1+2 Meeting room  44 28   - 16  - 40  3.8  4x10 
Stemma 3 Meeting room 20 12  - 8 -  - 20  3.8  4x5 
Stemma 4  Meeting room 20  12  - -  - 20  3.8 4x5
Stemma 3+4 Meeting room 44  28  - 16 -  -  40  3.8 4x10  1
Nes  Meeting room - -  - 8-10 -  - - 3.8  5.4x3
Vík  Meeting room - -  - 8-10 -  - - 3.8 5x3 
Vör  Meeting room - -  - 8-10 -  -  - 3.8 5x3  4
Sund  Meeting room -  - 8-10 -  - - 3.8 5.4x3 
Björtuloft Meet, Rec., Banq 120 80 - - 128 350 400 - - 6-7
Háaloft Meet, Rec., Banq - - - - 100 100 200 - - 8
Flói Banquet & Rec. - - - - 530 1200 1000 3.8 - 1
Norðurbryggja Banquet & Rec. - - - - 200 450 300 3.8 - 1
Eyri Banquet & Rec. - - - - 150 400 300 7 - 2
Harpa Corner Reception  - - - - 320 500 450 26 - 2

Floor plan

  • 1st floor Harpa

  • 2nd floor Harpa

  • 4th floor Harpa

Image Gallery

  • Harpa Skybar and Munnharpa restaurant

  • Harpa Silfurberg conference hall

  • Harpa second floor

  • Harpa Nic Lehoux

  • Norðurljós

  • Harpa

  • Harpa Skybar

  • Harpa Skybar

  • Icelandic singer Björk performing in Harpa

  • Silfurberg A

  • Harpa seen from the harbour

  • Harpa Silfurberg

  • Harpa Norðurljós

  • Harpa Kaldalón

  • Harpa

  • Harpa Exhibition Eve Online

  • Harpa inside

  • Harpa Eldborg1

  • Harpa Eldborg

Technical support

Harpa’s facilities, which offer some of the most technologically advanced equipment available, are thus capable of accommodating everything from large conventions, concerts and exhibitions to smaller banquets and meetings. 

Available: Configurable reverberation time, recording facilities, interpreters’ booths, choir wagons and our facilities for performers are well equipped.

Testimonials

  • Harpa provides a new centre of gravity for downtown Reykjavik...But more than this, Harpa is a wonderfully brazen emblem of Icelanders’ refusal to sacrifice culture in the face of crisis.
    Rowan Moore - The Observer
  • "I am delighted to announce that Harpa has been voted by our readers as the Best Conference Venue in Northern Europe for The Annual MICE Report Awards 2012. This prestigious award has been won in a very tough category..."
    Charles Vandeleur, Chief Editor, The MICE Report

Location Map

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Service Profile

Harpa floor plan

HARPA is a newly built gem in the heart of Reykjavik, Iceland. Within its walls are outstanding facilities for conventions with accompanying trade shows, conferences, meetings and cultural events such as concerts. Harpa has the relaxed and intimate atmosphere that one gets in a small town combined with state-of-the-art technology in all areas of functions within the building.

Download 2013 conference brochure

Videos

  • 2013 - Harpa´s promotional video for Global Summit of Women

    Is this beautiful venue in downtown Reykjavík hosting your next event?

  • I think Reykjavik will soon be one of top ten international destinations, 2013

    The European Orthodontic Society. Iceland attracts a great number of international guests.

  • Testimonials from the EOS congress in Harpa. 2013

    European Orthodontic Society Congress in Harpa June 2013. 2450 delegates and organized by Congress Reykjavik