Harpa Concert Hall is a modern, and well-equipped concert and conference hall in the heart of Reykjavík that opened its doors in 2011 offering in-house catering and restaurants. Harpa is, by design, a visually stunning landmark located by Reykjavik harbor and open to visitors all year round, hosting many cultural events and the home to the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and Icelandic Opera. Covered by a glass shield designed by Ólafur Elíasson reflecting the ever changing light conditions during the day and illuminated by vibrant colored lights, at night Harpa is truly a work of art inside and out, that has received numerous awards both for architecture and acoustics. The inspiration for the geometric facade and foyer of Harpa is the basalt columns found in many parts of the country such as Reynisfjara beach and Svartifoss waterfall.
Like many words in Icelandic the name Harpa can have more than one meaning. Harpa can both be translated to a period in the old Icelandic calendar which was from Mid April to Mid May and to the musical instrument harp. Harpa is open to the public and well worth the visit just for its architecture and majestic mountain and sea scenery from within.