ÍS: Harpa Concert Hall

Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland

Harpa is Iceland’s largest concert hall. Completed in 2011, “Harpa’s glass façade is designed by renowned artist Olafur Eliasson, in cooperation with Henning Larsen Architects. The design is based on a geometric principle, realised in two and three dimensions. Reminiscent of the crystallised basalt columns commonly found in Iceland, the southern facades create kaleidoscopic reflections of the city and the striking surrounding landscape.” (via) You can see more pictures of the outside at sunset here.

ÍS: Harpa in the Glow of the Midnight Sun

Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland Completed in 2011, “Harpa’s glass façade is designed by renowned artist Olafur Eliasson, in cooperation with Henning Larsen Architects. The design is based on a geometric principle, realised in two and three dimensions. Reminiscent of the crystallised basalt columns commonly found in Iceland, the southern facades create kaleidoscopic reflections of the city and the striking surrounding landscape.” (via)

Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland I was sitting at home on a May evening (around 10:30 or 11pm). It had been rainy and gray all day, but I stepped outside just in time to see the clouds pull back for a magnificent northern summer sunset. I threw my coat on over my pajamas and ran out with my camera to take advantage of the gorgeous light.

Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland

Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland

Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland[35mm film taken with my Canon Rebel 2000 SLR]

Bright, Sunny Nights

Reykjavik, Iceland

There is so much light. Or so little dark. Night has been squished to a passing hour or so. The birds are chirping by 2am. The nights are bright and sunny. These pictures were all taken in the evening, around 9pm. But that was a couple weeks ago, when it was getting dark at the early hour of 11pm. Now it’s much brighter at this time. Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

A Night at the Opera

000035readdy Back in March, a few classmates and I went to see Ragnheiður, the first Icelandic opera ever to be staged in Harpa. It tells the story of a young woman in 16th century Iceland who falls in love with her handsome young tutor, a romance destined for tragedy. Ragnheiður was created by composer Gunnar Þórðarson and librettist Friðrik Erlingsson. I have only a basic understanding of opera, but I thoroughly  enjoyed this performance. The music was really beautiful, and the minimalist set was quite impressive. 

000036ready    [These photos are scanned 35mm film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]

Snow Falling on the Harbor

The harbor in a snowstorm. Reykjavik, IcelandSnow falling on the boats in the Reykjavik harbor. These images reminded me of a Carl Sandburg poem, “Sketch.” 000010

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With Harpa in the background.

000011 If you’re curious what the harbor looks like in the sunshine, click here. [These photos are scanned 35mm film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]

Sunny Days: 10 Favorite Moments from a Gorgeous Week

The sun is out! The skies have been clear and blue all week. I’m in love with this city and this weather Here are ten reasons why this was a great week to be in Reykjavik:

Reykjavik, Iceland 1. Mt. Esja

Reykjavik, Iceland2. The sun reflecting off Harpa.

Reykjavik, Iceland3. Skyscrapers along Saebraut

Reykjavik, Iceland

4. Hallgrímskirkja as seen from Saebraut.

Reykjavik, Iceland

5. Swans and other birds enjoying the sun on Tjörnin.Reykjavik, Iceland

6. The student union at the University of Iceland.Reykjavik, Iceland

7. Young friends playing by the pond. Reykjavik, Iceland

8. Romina enjoying the sun. Reykjavik, Iceland 9. Stofan coffeehouse.

Reykjavik, Iceland

10. Riding the bus to get a roll of film developed. Reykjavik, Iceland 
Reykjavik: Capital of Quirk

A Rainy Afternoon In Harpa

nside Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland

Inside Harpa in Reykjavik, IcelandFor the past few months, the weather has kept just cold enough that we almost never had rain. Now, it’s started to warm up a bit. The thick layer of ice across the lake is melting, and we’ve had several gray, rainy several days in a row. Last week, I tried to brave the soggy weather to walk along the coast, but only made it a block or so before ducking into Harpa for shelter. There are some comfy benches in the back of the building that have a great view of the harbor. During the day, it’s usually very quiet there, so it’s a great place to sit quietly and watch the rain roll down the glass exterior of the concert hall. 

nside Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland [These photos are unedited, 35mm film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]