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
- 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