Basking in perpetual shimmer, the phenomenal facade of the Harpa concert hall is a fine tribute to Iceland's unique terrain. The concert hall comprises of two large rectangular structures that stand firmly on the Reykjavik harbor, swathed in piece after piece of colored glass. Meant to pay ode to the country's basalt landscape, Harpa was designed by Danish architect firm Henning Larsen, and inaugurated in the summer of 2011. This modern structure holds four concert halls, the largest of which seats as many as 1800 spectators. It is also home to lavish conference rooms and a stunning exhibition space. Every year, the Harpa comes alive with lilting melodies of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera.
Visit the National Theatre of Iceland with family and friends to witness premier Icelandic and foreign classic theater productions, new works, musicals, operas and children's productions. Established in 1950, the theater complex features five different venues, namely the Main Stage, the Black Box, the Small Stage for Children, the Puppet Theatre Attic and the Theatre Cellar (Leikhúskjallarinn with a total seating capacity of 910. This is the place to discover both upcoming Icelandic artists and playwrights, alongside the shows featuring international artists and performers. The National Theatre of Iceland produces close to ten new creations each year, promising its avid audience an eclectic variety of live entertainment.
The Reykjavik City Theatre offers entertainment ranging from new Icelandic drama, well-known classics and dance performances, to rock concerts and more. The theater is home to a thriving drama department alongside the Icelandic Dance Company, who host various productions throughout the year. The theater complex is composed of multiple smaller venues, including a main stage with a capacity of 560, and a cafe-theater for more informal, intimate performances. Those who truly enjoy the performing arts would do well to invest in a subscription. With its eclectic program and modern facilities, the Borgarleikhúsið, or the City Theatre of Reykjavík, is a great place to delve into Icelandic culture.
Hlíðarendi (stadium) is a multi-functional stadium in Reykjavík and is popular venue for the football matches in the city. Home to the Knattspyrnufélagið Valur or the Falcon Football Club, this stadium boasts of a capacity of accommodating more than 1500 spectators. Besides football, this arena also has facilities for basketball and and handball games. With an inclined seat-arrangement, the spectators get an optimal view of the ground and enjoy the game all the more.
If you are a cinema lover, Bíó Paradís is a place you need to go to. This theater is known for showcasing various regional and international documentaries and short films regularly. The theater property has four screens with capacities ranging from accommodating 205 people to as small as 38 people. Operating since 2010, Bíó Paradís has been a venue for several classic cinema and educational documentaries and is an address to film festivals like Reykjavik International Film Festival, The Reykjavik Short Film Days and more. After watching a movie here, you can enjoy some quick bites and refreshing drinks at its in-house bar and cafe. Besides cinema, this theater also houses a shop offering DVDs and literature over film and film-making.
With a capacity of 4,000 persons at a time, the Fylkisvöllur is a famous football stadium in Reykjavík. It is the official ground of the Fylkir Football Club. The stadium is a great place to catch an exciting match. Here, one can witness the applauding crowds cheer for their favorite side with an infectious excitement.
The home of the Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur, the Valbjarnarvöllur is a huge stadium in the eastern part of the city. It sports a seating area for around 5,478 persons. Book tickets for a football match and witness the love for football that the locals possess. It is beautifully done up with comfortable seats. The ground has artificial grass.
Keiluhöllin Egilshöll is among the premier bowling alleys in the country. This avant-garde center has 22 lanes with automatic scoreboards. Hone your skills or compete with friends and family at this establishment. Opened in 2012, it also features a lovely restaurant and sports bar. Though it is expensive, you can be sure of a fun time at this place.
Coined after a legendary song written by noted songwriter Paul McCartney and first released by the acclaimed rock band Beatles, Ob La Di Ob La Da is a lively karaoke venue in the northern part of the Icelandic capital. An artsy-themed atmosphere greets lovers of karoake, while the Beatles memorabilia adds to the hip setting. Live concerts by indie bands are regular here, while a few troupes also play Icelandic blues and other local genres to an enthusiastic audience.