Specially designed in acoustics, Salurinn is a relatively young concert hall that opened in 1999. The architecture of the building is beautiful, its most prominent feature being oxidized copper. The programs at the Salurinn are ambitious and are put together with a great variety of music lovers in mind. Classical music is often featured and performed by an international ensemble of musicians. The intimate hall seats only 300, and the acoustics are impeccable. Check website for event timings and additional information.
Háskólabíó was specifically built with musical performances in mind. The building itself looks like an accordion and its acoustics are supposed to be especially suitable for concerts. The National Symphony Orchestra of Iceland uses the space for practicing and performing. Háskólabíó has many other purposes though; it is also a cinema and conference space, and the University teaches big classes here during the winter.
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.
Enjoy a round of sports at the Egilshöll. It is a multiple-sports stadium that offers state-of-the-art facilities for tennis, shooting and other matches. There is an ice rink as well as an arena. Movie lovers can catch the latest film at the cinema on the second floor. It is also used as a splendid concert venue.
Enlightening its students and visitors about Icelandic legends and folklore, Álfaskólinn - the Elf School or the Icelandic Elf School is Iceland's answer to Hogwarts. Local myths of the 'hidden people' and different types of elves are some of the most popular topics of discussions here. Located in Reykjavík, one of the most important cities of the country, this school not only provides a fantastic relief from the mundane routine but also serves the purpose of preserving cultural beliefs, mythology and values.
The Nordic House not only lies at the very heart of Iceland's Nordic culture, but is also the only building in the country to have been designed by the famed architect, Alvar Aalto. Since its establishment in 1968, the Nordic House has come to be at the center of a vibrant and diverse cultural program, featuring major events like the Reykjavík International Film Festival and The Nordic Fashion Biennale alongside conferences and meetings. The showpiece of this beautifully designed architectural gem is a fabulous library that boasts an extensive collection of books, CDs, graphic art, magazines, newspapers and other literary materials in seven Nordic languages. Apart from a host of event spaces, auditoriums and exhibition rooms, the Nordic House is also home to the acclaimed AALTO Bistro and a cafe where you can enjoy a cup of coffee.