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Harpa: Iceland’s Architectural Masterpiece

April 7, 2017

         photo credit: Sigrun Bjork Einarsdottir

Iceland’s Visually Arresting Concert Hall


Iceland is known for its spectacular natural elements.  Whether it’s the famous northern lights, stunning geothermal Blue Lagoon Spa and the popular Geyser Geothermal Field,  just to name a few. But when it comes to the city of Reykjavik’s main attraction, Harpa,  is the clear winner. It proves that it is possible to have the harmonious coexistence of modern culture and Iceland’s iconic nature in one place. This phenomenal concert hall sits at the edge of Reykjavik’s harbor.  It is a prime location for such a reflective and brilliant architecture piece. It looks just as impressive being inside.  Its hypnotic layout is beyond anything you have experienced. Multi-angled with lots of artistic texture. It’s no wonder Harpa won the  2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. This place is amazing!



A friend and I stayed for hours just enjoying its tinted glass effects on a beautiful sunny and windy day.  Tourists strolled around with their cannons, snapping pictures from multiple angles to capture the essence of this monumental gem. We were fortunate to be there on a slow day,  where only a few were present to share a mutual admiration for this tour de force. I was in constant amazement of the detail, creativity, and beauty this place exhibits.  It was sensory overload, especially being surrounded by Iceland’s mesmerizing nature.  Just love this place 🙂



Harpa is open to the public.  It houses a fine restaurant and hosts concerts,  plays, and exhibitions.  I personally haven’t attended any events here, but would love to see a concert at some point. It would complete my full appreciation for this place.  A  good friend will be seeing Krishna Das at Harpa this summer. I’m so excited for her. It doesn’t get any better than that <3














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