Harpa Concert Hall
Harpa concert and conference hall is located by the coastline of Reykjavik harbor. The glittering glass building offers stunning views into the bay area. Designed partly by the Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, Harpa became most expensive project of it’s kind in Iceland. Constructions started in 2007 but became halted during the financial crisis of 2008. Uncertainty of further structure vowed over the project until the government decided to fully fund rest of the construction and finish the half built concert hall. On May the 4th in 2011 opening concert was held where the Icelandic orchestra led by Vladimir Ashkenazy performed with upcoming pianist star Vikingur Heiðar Olafsson.
Harpa has hosted several music festivals, including; Iceland Airwaves, Sonar Reykjavik, Reykjavik Jazz Festival - to name a few. The building has four main concert halls; Kaldalón, Norðurljós, Silfurberg and Eldborg - which is the largest and most luxurious, with three floors and seats around 3000 people. Harpa is also operated as an event and conference center and many conventions from diverse sectors of the economy have been organized and held in Harpa. There are two restaurants located in Harpa, a fine dining restaurant, Kolabrautin, on 4th floor and Smurstöðin on 1st floor. You can also find a design store, souvenir shop and travel agency on the premises.