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“Unusual beautiful architecture”

Icelandic Opera (Islenska Operan)
Ranked #53 of 183 things to do in Reykjavik
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Be sure to visit and walk inside this new unusual building at the water's edge in Reykjavik. It's colored honey-combed windows are fascinating.

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

This is a pretty wild building. This huge glass walled structure just sitting along the water. It's nice if you have a few hours to kill and you just want to have a wander around. There are some cool thing in the museum to have a look at. There's a small gift shop as well if you want to pick something up. Mind you, the gift shop is rather pricey so you'd do better a few blocks away on the main roads. This is really just a nice stop to spend a little time to get out of the cold and appreciate the building, maybe grab a coffee. If you're walking by, take a few minutes and have a look. It's pretty cool.

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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Found on the waterfront not far from the harbour and the sun voyager this building is spectacular. From the outside the concert hall (Harpa) looks like glass cubes stuck together. From the inside the glass prisms that make up the walls like honeycomb look fantastic. There is some coloured glass in the walls which would look great in the dark. The interior is simple almost stark and very effective. I didn't see a show there but would like to.

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Very nicely laid out, not huge, but one can really enhance the learning about this magical island by visiting. Definitely worth a visit if you have that extra time, you won't need more than 1.5-2 hrs.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

My daughter and I visited the Opera House (or Harpa) on a rainy afternoon in Reyjkavik in early May 2014. It was an excellent way to get out of the rain. We had been past the building several times ... it kind of looks like two glass cuboid shapes joined in an unorthodox angle. I'm guessing its representative of ice cubes ... it is completely arresting when you see it ... looking different from different viewing angles. It is no less arresting on the inside. The wide and open lobby is enclosed by high and angled glass walls and ceiling sections. Some walls are made of cuboid glass panel and blocks, arranged in a 3-D pattern. One area where there's along staircase presents the viewer with an optical illusion. Other glass panels are coloured and others are coated with sound-absorbing material. Our guide pointed out that as a relatively modern opera house (opened in May 2011), extensive use was made of computer aided design and this is very evident from looking at the structure from the inside. Be advised that if you want to really know about all the technical features, there is a separate tour for that which must be booked in advance

The admission fee was ISK 1750 per person. Our tour group was small and we enjoyed a lot of conversation with our very knowledgeable and pleasant tour guide. The guide made some interesting comments on how the building was close to not being completed when the financial crisis hit Iceland. Some of the areas were off-limits due to productions or private functions but the best part of the tour was certainly entering into the main hall known as Eldborg. Immediately, what gets your attention is the beautiful deep red panels that make-up the walls of the hall and which complement the seating area ... an obvious inference to the lava that formed Iceland itself. However, to our surprise, our guide asked us to wait in the upper levels of the hall while she went down to the stage as she would sing something for us. We weren't sure what to expect but to our great pleasure, we found that our guide was actually an opera singer. She sang for about five minutes and it was so exquisite ... and what a fantastic way to really hear how great the acoustics are in the hall.

The tour lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. The lobby has a gift shop and a cafeteria. The location is perfect for downtown and if you're doing things in the harbour area.

Their website is: http://en.harpa.is/

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