Harpa For the Long, Dark, Winter Nights

March 8, 2012 by

Festivals & Events, Things To Do, Tours & Activities

Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland. Photo courtesy of mckaysavage via Flickr.

Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland. Photo courtesy of mckaysavage via Flickr.

Harpa, Iceland’s new concert hall on the waterfront in Reykjavik, has been open less than a year and is already garnering praise for its stunning architecture, its views, and its program of events. If you are visiting Iceland in winter, it’s the perfect place to spend at least one of the long, cold dark, evenings, in the warmth of good music and fine performances.

In March and April, The Icelandic Opera, which also calls Harpa home, will perform Puccini’s La Boheme. Throughout January each year, there is a series of musical events featuring interesting new composers ranging from Electroacoustic to Harp to Violin under the header Dark Music Days – an acknowledgement of those long, endless, dark days and nights of winter in the far north.

I am continually impressed by the musical diversity and depth of Iceland – from the dark rock of Reykjavik! (a band), to the quirky Bjork, to the lovely Sigur Ros, and the haunting cello of Hildur Gudnadottir – check out what’s on at Harpa when you’re there, I doubt you will be disappointed. And, if you do not feel like attending a performance, you can also go to Harpa for lunch or dinner, a drink at one of their moveable bars, or take a guided tour (at 3:30pm on winter weekdays, and 11:00am and 3:30pm on winter weekends) – it is fast becoming one of Reykjavik’s leading attractions.

-Phillippa Burne

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