DesignMarch 19th to 23rd of May

The Nordic House participates in DesignMarch 19th to 23rd of May.

This year the focus will be on an environmentally friendly design that departs from the present and heads towards new ways of thinking. Amongst topics dealt with in the exhibition are sustainable architecture, utilization of invasive plants, and circular design. Moreover, the designers shed light on the ecological impact of the information load on the internet and discover old methods in rope-making to understand societal traditions. Through the rethinking of old values and new discoveries, the exhibition hosts a dialogue that is relevant for future and present challenges.

Exhibitions and events

Arfisti – gjörnýting skógarkerfils
Öllum hnútum kunnug
Disaster Studios: Designing Resilience



Opening hours



Baltic children’s culture festival in the Nordic house

Baltic Children’s Culture festival will be held in the Nordic house April 20 to June 14.

The Nordic house celebrates children’s culture by presenting Baltic culture in a creative way in  collaboration with people with background from the Baltic countries. During the first week of the festival, school groups will be invited to a collage workshop inspired by historical buildings from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Lithuanian artist Jurgita Motiejunaite tells children about the history of the buildings and assists them in making their own collages. Artworks resulting from the scrap workshop will be hung on the wall in the entrance of the Nordic house creating an exhibition that will last until the end of the festival, the 14th of June.

Various events will be held during the Baltic children’s culture festival. To name some are an instrument workshop where participants get to learn about Trejdeksnis, a Lithuanian percussion instrument and a Baltic story- and cartoon workshop working around a Lithuanian folk tale about a grass snake.

The library of the Nordic house furthermore offers story times in Lithuanian and Lettish and books in those languages will be available in collaboration with Modurmal – organisation on bilingualism. Books from the Lithuanian publishing house Big and Small will be among the selected children books.

An overview of events will be found in the event calendar of the Nordic house. The festival has a hybrid form meaning that the workshops are either open to the public or booked in advance by schoolgroups. Booking and information is given by Hrafnhildur, mediator of arts and culture:

Baltic Children’s Culture Festival


Opening of exhibition “Nature in Transition – Shifting Identities”

The exhibition “Nature in Transition – Shifting Identities” opens 17 April, 2021 The opening will be held throughout the day from 10-17 and due to current covid-regulations there is a 20 person limit in the exhibition space.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Iceland University of the arts (IUA) and the Nordic House in Reykjavík, conceived of as a contribution of the IUA to the Reykjavík Congress of the Universities of the Arctic (UArctic) network. The initiative is supported by grants from the Nordic Council of Ministers and from the Nordic Culture Fund.

The exhibition “Nature in Transition – Shifting Identities” offers a glimpse into the experiences, reflections and research of artists and designers living in the rapidly shifting north of the globe. Nature shapes the man-made environment, and vice versa; both currently in an accelerated state the likes of which we have not witness to before. By bringing together artists based in the West Nordic countries as well as Denmark, the exhibition further considers the long and intricate history of relations between the four countries, that seems particularly urgent to discuss now. Transitions demand revisions of former positions, a close analysis of our awareness and identities as individuals and societies: under the long arc of natural forces there are unique lives, unique communities, unique stories. Current and past natural events in Iceland remind us that it is not stability that is the natural state of things, it is constant transformation; of nature, of communities, of individuals.

On view are works by Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson, Emilie Dalum & Michael Richardt, Inuuteq Storch, Jóhan Martin Christiansen, Ólöf Nordal, Tinna Gunnarsdóttir, Rikke Luther, Thomas Pausz. With the participation of Ana Luisa S. Diaz De Cossio og Khetsin Chuchan.
Curators are Hanna Styrmisdóttir and Hulda Stefánsdóttir. Students in curatorial practice at the IUA participated in the making of this exhibition.

Hvelfing, the exhibition space of the Nordic House, is open Monday to Sunday from 10-17


Nordic Day 23 March – various events throughout the week related to Nordic culture

The Nordic Day is held annually on 23 March to celebrate Nordic co-operation and showcase its importance. This year the day is celebrated at the Nordic House through  various events throughout the week. The light will be shed on Nordic culture and lifestyle through a debate, concert, food, children and youth literature, photo competition and more. The program is held in co-operation with the Nordic Association in Iceland, Nordic embassies and various delegations.

On the Nordic Day itself there will be discussions on the importance of culture in the Nordics in Covid-times with various artists, inhabitants and politicians. The café MATR will offer Nordic delecasies and students in 6th grade will get a lively session about pop-culture and languages in the other Nordic countries. On Saturday is a workshop for children based on new Finnish children’s book, and on Saturday night will be a concert both on-site in the Nordic House and via live-stream with the Danish musician Tue West and the Icelandic GDRN. A competition is going on where you can add and vote for photos that depict Nordic life, via use of the hashtags #nordicdayiceland and #dagurnordurlanda.

Main events

Photo competition “Nordic Life”
Until Saturday 27 March 15:00
A competition where you can add and vote for photos that depict Nordic life via use of the hashtags #nordicdayiceland and #dagurnordurlanda.

Discussions on the value of culture in the Nordic Region in periods of crisis. Nordic cultural co-operation in the past, present and future.
Þriðjudaginn 23. mars kl. 17.00-18.15 í streymi

What role has culture played in Nordic co-operation since the Nordic Council of Ministers was established fifty years ago?
What impact has COVID-19 had on cultural life in the Nordic Region?
What role will culture play in the Nordic co-operation in the future?
Politicians, people from the region and representatives of cultural life will discuss these issues in greater detail.
Among participants:
– Gísli Örn Garðarsson, actor and director
– Aldís Mjöll Geirsdóttir, President of the Nordic Youth Council
– Tue West, musician
– Steinunn Þóra Árnadóttir, Member of the Presidium of the Nordic Council and board member of the Nordic Culture Fund
– Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister for Nordic-Co-operation in Iceland
– Ann-Sofie Stude, The Finnish Ambassador to Iceland
More info and link to live-stream

Crash-course for 6th graders in Nordic pop-culture and languages
Tuesday 23 March 10:00-12:00
Students in 6th grade of Hólabrekkuskóli, the friendship school of the Nordic House, will get a crash course in Nordic pop-culture and languages. The course is arranged by the interns in the Nordic House, the Nordic embassies, representations and the EU delegation. The visit ends with a quiz about the Nordic countries. The goal of the friendship school project is to give students an opportunity of cultural literacy across borders.

The nominees to the Nordic Council Children and Young People´s Literature Prize
Thursday 25 March 10:30-11:30
The nominations are introduced in the Nordic House with a group of school children present along with members of the jury and Icelandic nominees.

Workshop for children – create your own ocean creature
Saturday 27 March 13:00-15:00
The workshop is based on the new book from the Finnish author Linda Bondestam, which tells about the adventure of the lonely ocean creature. Registration necessary by email to:

More information about the children exhibit The Egg in the Nordic House, based on the work by the same author.

Concert with Tue West and GDRN
Saturday 27 March 20:00
A Nordic Music Night with The Danish singer and songwriter Tue West and Icelandic GDRN. A hybrid event as it will also be live-streamed. The concert is held in co-operation with the Danish Embassy and the EU Delegatioin. Tickets are available via, 1500 ISK or 1000 ISK for students.
More info.

Storytelling for children
Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 March
Reading from the monster books of Áslaug Jónsdóttir.
Saturday at 12:00 in English, Sunday at 11:00 in Icelandic, 12:30 in Swedish, 14:00 in Finnish and 15:30 in Danish.

Nordic delecasies in café MATR
Tuesday to Friday 12:00-16:00
The café MATR offers Nordic delecasies in addition to its regular menu.


Upcoming Children’s Events

Ash Day at The Nordic House


Children who visit the exhibition Eggið on Ash Day (Öskudagur), and who also make a creative figure with the help of an instructor, will receive sweets. Parents and guides are kindly requested to wear face masks.

Registration on TIX.

Winter holidays – free course for children of all ages

22.–23. february

Stilla úr This is Heaven

Clay workshop — 
What are you most afraid of?


Clay workshop for 8-12 year old where the concept fear is in focus. By making different figures, fictional characters and surroundings that describe the situations we fear, these phenomenoms might loose their affect. Photography and light will be used to document the various stages and in the final day students will collaborate on a terrifying final piece!

More info

Stop-motion animation workshop in relation to the exhibition Underneath


Ari H.G. Yates hosts a stop-motion animation workshop for teenagers from 13 year old and older where clay and other material will be used to bring life to fictional characters. Ari will go through the whole process of filmmaking and teaches methods of creating both storyboard and film script. The theme of the workshop will to an extent be based on the exhibition Underneath that is ongoing in the exhibition space of the Nordic house and will assist the students in all thematic work. Participants are recommended to bring a tablet to the workshop if possible but this is in no way a requirement for participation. Tablets can be shared or smartphones can also be of use. Those students that are interested have the opportunity to attend a continuation of Ari’s workshop the weekend 27th and 28th of February

Read more

Craft your own fictional character!


The Egg, an interactive children exhibition based on a children’s book with the same name will be open for children of ages 3-8 and their accompanying families. The exhibition is located at the children’s library and material to craft your own fictional character will be available for creative guests. An instructor speaking English, Icelandic and Swedish will be at the exhibition during the opening hours.

At 11 am and 1 pm both days will be a reading of the book in Icelandic and a guided tour through the exhibition.

Story hour on Saturdays

Story hour on Saturdays have resumed and are available in most Nordic languages: Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Swedish and Finnish on Saturdays in the Nordic House’s children’s library. Books by both Icelandic authors and authors from the other Nordic countries are read. After the reading, it is ideal to play in Barnahelli, where you will find children’s books, cards, toys and toys. Children of all ages are most welcome with their families

Story hours are on the event calendar.



Welcome to the Nordic House. As our guests, your safety is our main priority. We follow the guidelines given by the Icelandic Health Authorities at all times and have introduced measures to secure that your visit happens safely.

Information on opening hours and temporary closing due to covid can be found here.

When visiting us, we kindly ask you to:

  • Hold a minimum 1–2-meter distance to other visitors and staff members, depending on the active restrictions. Read effective restrictions on gatherings here
  • Use a facemask
  • Avoid handshakes and hugs
  • Sneeze into your elbow and wipe your hands with hand sanitizer. Dispensers are set up all over the house
  • Follow our signs and our staff’s guidelines


It is NOT necessary to book a time slot upon arrival to the exhibition room Hvelfing and the library unless you are attending a specific event.

Capacity in the library and Hvelfing will be limited, and visitor flow will be coordinated by our staff to maintain social distancing. Service desks and furniture is cleaned and sanitized regularly. All books returned to the library are quarantined for a three-day period.

During events, the seats in the auditorium are a minimum of 1-2 meters apart and the chairs are cleaned and sanitized regularly. Before events, the doors will open early to avoid queuing.

Since capacity is limited, we require all guests attending events and workshops to register upon arrival. This is also necessary when the event is free of charge. A link to registrations is found under each event in our event calendar. For further information contact: or call 5517030.

If you are not feeling good or find yourself in quarantine because of COVID-19, we kindly ask you to stay at home and cancel/refund your ticket (if you have paid). We use TIX as a platform for refunds, which will be done automatically in case of cancellations.

CAFÉ MATR and SONO matseljur
For café opening hours and covid restrictions please check out MATR’s Facebook page here.
For opening hours, booking, and COVID restrictions for SONO matseljur, please check out their Facebook page here.

Thank you for contributing to making the visit to the Nordic House a safe experience.

We look forward to welcoming you!



Holiday opening hours

  • Ascension Day May 21st Open 10-17 (MATR 12-16)
  • Whitsunday 31st of May Open 10-17 (MATR closed)
  • Whitmonday 1st of June CLOSED (Monday)
  • The national day of Iceland 17th of June CLOSED
  • Commerce Day 3rd of August CLOSED


Event Calendar

For further information please contact


The Nordic House will reopen on 5 May

The Nordic House will reopen on 5 May 2020 when the government’s gathering restrictions will be loosened. As of 4 May, larger gatherings will be limited to 50 people, instead of 20.

The Nordic House opening hours are Tue-Sun 10-17. Mondays closed.

The library will be open from 10 to 17
MATR café will be open from 12-16. Mondays closed.
Hvelfing will reopen on 16 May with the Anniversary Exhibition of The Icelandic Printmakers’ Association.

Looking forward to seeing you!


No more home delivery on library books

Following guidance from the Ministry of Health’s lawyers, the libraries in Iceland have decided to stop all lending. This, regrettably, means that we also will stop distributing lending materials. We thank all of you who used our door-to-door service.

However, we can refer to our digital collection of 62.000 ebooks and audiobooks (, mainly in Swedish and Finnish. If you are a patron of the Nordic house, you can use your library card or kennital to log in, along with your 4-ciffer Pincode.



Announcements, From the Library


Because of the Icelandic government gathering ban, we’ve decided to cancel all our events and close The Nordic House from the 14th of March until the 14th of April. All employees can be reached via telephone or email during normal work hours.

All library loans will be automatically extended until the 30th of April.

Find us on Instagram & Facebook where we will continue to share interesting material and Nordic culture.

Any questions? don’t hesitate to contact us via


The Nordic House’s exhibition hall is open again

The Nordic House’s exhibition hall opened in 1971, three years after the house. The first director of The Nordic House, Ivar Eskeland, realized that there was no exhibition hall in Reykjavík, and he started a process in 1969 to open an exhibition hall in an empty space under the house. The Nordic countries participated in the financing of the work and in 1971 the new exhibition hall opened. It became immediately a central place for visual art in Reykjavik and many interesting Nordic artists have exhibited here over the years, for example, Juhani Linnovaara, Roj Friberg, Ragnheiði Jónsdóttur and Hafsteinn Austmann.

In the winter of 2019, there was water damage in the exhibition hall, and the hall has been closed since March. The renovation work began in the fall 2019 and the exhibition hall is now ready. The flooring material has been replaced, but otherwise everything is original. The stone walls, the wooden doors and the wooden sections of the ceiling give the room its character. The two-part exhibition space is flexible and can be adjusted for each exhibition. With the first exhibition we want to show the actual architectural room and its possibilities.

We call the exhibition hall “Hvelfing” (in English vault). The vault serves as the foundation for the hall and the vault stores its most valuable items. In this exhibition hall we want to let the art take part in a Nordic social discourse. Themes such as equality, sustainability and diversity are important for the Nordic House and this will be reflected in our exhibition program. The exhibitions are produced by the Nordic House or in collaboration with other organizations.

Because the Nordic House has children and young people as its main target group, we will have educational program and guides for families and school classes in the exhibition hall.

In 2020 we will have four exhibitions. The year begins with the group exhibition Land Beyond the Sea with Finnish artists, and it is produced by the Pro Artibus Foundation. In April, we open Icelandic Graphic’s 50th anniversary exhibition and during the summer we show an exhibition in collaboration with Reykjavik Arts Festival and their program Platform Gátt which focuses on young Nordic artists. During the autumn, we show a Nordic group exhibition that addresses the theme of equality and gender in a Nordic context.


The Nordic House in Reykjavik is looking for exhibition hosts

The Nordic House in Reykjavik is looking for exhibition hosts mainly for work during the weekends.

As an exhibition host, you greet our visitors, answer questions and manage our small design shop. You provide visitor statistics, monitor the exhibition and perform other minor tasks as agreed. It is an advantage if you have an education within arts and culture and/or experience in public work. As a person, you are flexible, independent and social.

We expect you to be fluent in Icelandic and English and if you speak one of the Scandinavian languages is it a plus. Submit your application in English and your CV before 22.12.2019 to director Sabina Westerholm, 

 More information can be found on  

Announcements, Laus störf, We are hiring

New director of The Nordic House

Sabina Westerholm from Finland is a new director of The Nordic House in Reykjavik since January 2nd 2019.  One of her main ambitions is to develop the programme for children and young people. Westerholm previous job was Managing Director of the Pro Artibus Foundation, which works to support the visual arts in Swedish-speaking Finland. During her career, Westerholm has wanted to reflect Finnish art against international art and has pursued a number of Nordic art projects. She has positions of trust at Hanaholmen and Frame Contemporary Art Finland.

Read more from 


The Nordic House is closed during the holidays.

The Nordic House is closed from 24 of December 2018 and reopens January 2, 2019.

  • The Children’s Book Flood is closed from December 22nd.
  • The Reception is closed from December 23rd.
  • The library is closed from December 20th until January 7th.

Merry Christmas and happy new year – See you again in January 2019. 


Norræn dagskrá á Lýsu 2018 – Hofi Akureyri –

Norðurlönd í fókus, Norræna félagið og Halló Norðurlönd standa fyrir dagskrá á samfélagshátíðinni LÝSU á Akureyri um helgina!
Dagskráin hefst kl. 11:15 þegar forsætisráðherra Katrín Jakobsdóttir tilkynnir tilnefningar ársins til Umhverfisverðlauna Norðurlandaráðs 2018.


11:15 – 12:00 HAMRAGIL
Tilkynnt um tilnefningar til Umhverfisverðlauna
Norðurlandaráðs 2018
Katrín Jakobsdóttir forsætisráðherra tilkynnir opinberlega um tilnefningar til
hinna virtu Umhverfisverðlauna Norðurlandaráðs 2018. Þema verðlaunanna í
ár er verndun lífsins í hafinu. Með þemanu vill norræna dómnefndin vekja
athygli á verkefnum sem styðja hin nýju heimsmarkmið Sameinuðu þjóðanna
fyrir 2030 en „lífið í hafinu“ er einmitt 14. markmiðið í dagskrá SÞ.

13:00 – 13:45 LUNDUR
Samvinna Norðurlanda
Bogi Ágústsson formaður Norræna félagsins fjallar um norrænu ríkin í gamni
og alvöru. Hvað Norðurlöndin eigi sameiginlegt, af hverju hafa þau séð sér hag
í vinna svo náið saman, af hverju varnar- og öryggismál eru ekki lengur tabú í
norrænni samvinnu? Hvernig má búast við að samvinnan þróist, er kannski
möguleiki á að draumur sem sænski sagnfræðingurinn Gunnar Wetterberg
setti fram um norrænt sambandsríki verði að veruleika? Hvernig liti slíkt ríki
út, hver yrði höfuðborgin og þjóðhöfðingi, hvaða tungumál ætti að tala og hver
yrði þjóðsöngurinn?

14:00 – 14:30 LUNDUR
Kosningarnar í Svíþjóð
Þingkosningarnar í Svíþjóð fara fram sunnudaginn 9. september n.k. og það
stefnir í spennandi baráttu. Håkan Juholt sendiherra Svíþjóðar á Íslandi og
Bogi Ágústsson formaður Norræna félagsins fara yfir stöðu stjórnmála í
Svíþjóð fyrir kosningarnar. Umræðurnar fara fram á ensku.

16:15 – 17:15 LUNDUR
Á Íslandi hefur verið innleidd jafnlaunavottun, en það framtak varð
velferðarnefnd Norðurlandaráðs hvatning til þess leggja fram tillögu um
samnorræna vottun. Stjórnmálafólk og fagaðilar ræða jafnlaunavottun, hvers
vegna var hún færð í lög? Hvernig gengur framkvæmdin og hverjir eru kostir og
gallar við vottunina?
Þátttakendur eru Þorsteinn Víglundsson alþingismaður Viðreisnar og
fyrrverandi félags- og jafnréttismálaráðherra, Katrín Björg Ríkharðsdóttir
framkvæmdastjóri Jafnréttisstofu, Steinunn Þóra Árnadóttir alþingiskona
Vinstrihreyfingarinnar – græns framboðs og situr í norrænu velferðarnefndinni
og Aðalsteinn Þorsteinsson forstjóri Byggðarstofnunar.

18:00 – 20:00 HAMRABORG
UseLess: heimildarmynd og umræður um matar- og tískusóun
Verðlaunamyndin UseLess er glæný heimildarmynd sem fjallar um hvernig
sóun á mat og tískuvarningi hefur orðið að alvarlegu samfélags- og
umhverfisvandamáli heiminum, ekki síst í ríkustu löndum heims. Myndin er
lausnamiðuð og kynnir ýmis ráð sem áhorfendur geta tileinkað sér til að taka
skref í rétta átt.
Framleiðendur myndarinnar, Rakel Garðarsdóttir og Ágústa M. Ólafsdóttir
segja frá tilurð myndarinnar og umræður fara fram að sýningu lokinni. Þátttakendur:
Ágúst Torfi Hauksson, framkvæmdastjóri Norðlenska; Brynhildur
Pétursdóttir, framkvæmdastjóri Neytendasamtakanna; Kolbeinn Óttarsson
Proppé, þingmaður VG og fulltrúi Íslands í sjálfbærninefnd Norðurlandaráðs.
Bogi Ágústsson formaður Norræna félagsins stjórnar umræðum.

12:00 – 12:30 LUNDUR
#MeToo samtal
Samfélagsmiðlabyltingin MeToo skók allan
heiminn og bárust fréttir og sögur daglega
af mikilli valdmisbeitingu í öllum geirum.
Enn berast fréttir í tengslum við MeToo, en
hver eru áhrif MeToo á samfélagið? Hvað
eigum við eftir að sjá enn?
Sunna Valgerðardóttir fjölmiðlakona ræðir
við þær Áslaugu Örnu Sigurbjörnsdóttur
ritara og þingkonu Sjálfstæðisflokksins,
Dóru Björt Guðjónsdóttur oddvita Pírata í
Reykjavík og forseta borgarstjórnar,
Sólveigu Önnu Jónsdóttur formann
Eflingar og Sögu Garðarsdóttur leik- og
fyndlistakonu um MeToo byltinguna og
áhrif hennar í samfélaginu.

12:45 – 13:30 SVALIR
Velferðartækni er samheiti yfir tæknilausnir
sem leggja áherslu á að nýta tækni
og snjalllausnir til að auðvelda fólki að búa
á eigin heimili og við betri lífsgæði þrátt
fyrir öldrun, fötlun eða veikindi.
Velferðartækni miðar að allir geti verið
virkir þátttakendur í samfélaginu eins lengi
og kostur er. Halldór Guðmundsson
framkvæmdastjóri Öldrunarheimila
Akureyrar fjallar um og kynnir þá möguleika
sem velferðartækni býður uppá.

14:00 – 14:45 SETBERG
Kynning á norrænu samstarfi
og verkefnum
Kynningin fer fram í formi örfyrirlestra þar
sem farið verður yfir þau helstu verkefni
sem Norræna félagið og Norræna húsið
standa að. Kynnt verða verkefni eins og
upplýsingaþjónustan Halló Norðurlönd,
Nordjobb, Norden i Skolan, Norræna
bókmenntavikan, Norðurlönd í Fókus og
verðlaun Norðurlandaráðs. Einnig verða
veittar upplýsingar um norræna styrki.



Open for applications: The Nordic House Pikknikk concert series

Do you want to play in Vatnsmýrin?

The concert series Pikknikk is one of the Nordic House’s most popular happenings and a regular event in the building’s cultural calendar. The concert series takes place in the beautiful setting around the Nordic House, in the greenhouse in the summertime, and it attracts both Icelandic and foreign music enthusiasts. Admission is free to all concerts and it is very popular to sit on the grass outside the greenhouse and enjoy some refreshments while music becomes one with nature.

Now we have opened for applications to the concert series Pikknikk in summer 2018.

We are looking for:
– Music that is easy to perform outdoors without a great sound system.
– Musicians who are good at talking to their audience and introduce their songs.
– Music that appeals to both Icelanders and tourists
– A musician/band that can perform their music in limited space.
– Music with a Nordic connection. This is a plus but is not required.

If you are interested in playing on the Picknick concert series in 2018, please send an email to the manager of the concerts, Mikael Lind, before the March 30th, 2018. The application should include a brief description of the musician/band, a link with examples of music or music videos. All selected participants are paid for their concerts.

The Nordic House Pikknikk concert series
Mikael Lind




The call for application to perform and present work at ICE HOT Reykjavík opens today and closes 31st of January 2018. The platform will take place 12th–16th of December 2018 in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík.

All Nordic contemporary dance artists working and living in one of the Nordic countries and/or receiving funding from one of the Nordic countries are eligible to apply.

The genre presented at all ICE HOT platforms is contemporary dance, in all its variety and forms. ICE HOT Reykjavík encourages applications for both staged work in theatre spaces and other venues as well as site specific on location work. In Reykjavík, we will offer the new option of presenting works in progress or new artistic ideas during our pitch sessions MORE MORE MORE.

We encourage you to consider applying for ICE HOT Reykjavík.

With greetings from
ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform Partners



Opening hours during the Holidays

The Nordic House is closed from 24 of December 2017 and reopens January 2nd, 2018. AALTO Bistro is open 27.12 and 30.12 from 11:30 – 21:30.

The Reception and design-boutique open again 06.01.2018

Open daily: 09:00 – 17:00
Wednesdays: 09:00 – 21:30
Weekends: 11:00-17:00

Open daily: 09:00 – 17:00
Wednesdays: 09:00 – 21:00
Weekends: 11:00-17:00
The Reception is closed from 24.12.2017-6.1.2018

The Library
Open daily: 10:00 – 17:00
Wednesdays: 10:00 – 21:00
Weekends: 11:00-17:00
tel: +354 5517090

Exhibition halls
Open daily: 11:00 – 17:00
Wednesdays: 11:00 – 21:00

AALTO Bistro
Sun-Tue: 11:30 – 17:00
Wed-Sat: 11:30 – 21:30
tel. 5510200

Merry Christmas!


Ókeypis skólavist

Lýðháskólanám í Færeyjum september – desember 2017

Lýðháskólinn í Færeyjum býður tveimur ungmennum frá Íslandi skólavist, þeim að kostnaðarlausu. skráning á:  

Hefur þú áhuga á því að fara í Lýðháskóla í Færeyjum? Þá er þetta kjörið tækifæri fyrir þig. 

Í Lýðháskóla Færeyja er engin námsáætlun, engin próf og engin pressa.

Í Lýðháskóla Færeyja færðu frið og ró til að líta inn á við, út í heim og spá í framtíðinni.

Í Lýðháskóla Færeyja færðu tækifæri til að kynnast nýju fólki, prófa nýja hluti og upplifa nýtt umhverfi.

Í Lýðháskóla Færeyja býrðu í fjóra mánuði á huggulegri heimavist með ungmennum víðsvegar að frá Færeyjum og öðrum Norðurlöndum.

Í Lýðháskóla Færeyja muntu eignast vini fyrir lífstíð.


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Art Auction in Support of Wordquake

Art Auction in Support of Wordquake

 18. September 2017, 3.30pm-5pm
Sted Remisen på Godsbanen + Livestream via

Original art work by highly acclaimed Nordic artists such as Knud Odde (DK), Gabríela Friðriksdóttir (IS), and Patrik Gustavsson (SE). Download catalog with art work on from the 5th of September.  Livestream via 

Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers swing the hammer in support of Wordquake. Buy original art work by highly acclaimed Nordic artists such as Knud Odde (DK), Gabríela Friðriksdóttir (IS), Hannu Väisänen (FI), and Patrik Gustavsson (SE) and hear the young writers read their personal stories from Tomorrow is Never a New Day, when they bravely and honestly invite you into their lives.

All proceeds from the auction are split 50/50 between the contributing artists and Wordquake – a writing center and non-profit publishing house providing the opportunity for people to express themselves through writing. Thank you for your support!

See the original artwork and follow the program as it is announced on


 18. September 2017, 3.30pm-5pm
Sted Remisen på Godsbanen + Livestream via

15.30 Welcome
Zainab Nasrati, Vice Chairman of Wordquake
15.40 Reading from Young Writers
Meet Charlotta Rós Sigmundsdóttir (IS), Signe Tue Christensen (DK), and Hanna Liljendahl Juhl (DK) -three of the young writers of the
nordic book publication ”Tomorrow Is Never A New Day” and hear them read from their litterary debut.

16.00 Art Auction
Auctioneer Peter Beck from Bruun Rasmussen swings the hammer in support of Wordquake. Buy original art work, support nordic artists and a good cause.

16.55 Thank you!
Zainab Nasrati, Vice Chairman of Wordquake


Open call for Unplugged Airwaves off-venue!

Open call for Unplugged Airwaves off-venue!

The Nordic House in Reykjavik is accepting applications from artists and musicians for the upcoming Airwaves off-venue concerts Friday 3rd November 2017.

It´s open for all artists to apply, but we have a special focus on artists living in Nordic or Baltic countries or have a Nordic nationality living abroad.

Please let us know if you are interested by sending a short bio and links to: gunn(at) (in English or Scandinavian) with the title: AIRWAVES OFF-VENUE 2017

The application needs to be in our mailbox before Friday 15th Sept.2017

Off-venue: Concerts Friday 3rd November, for free for the audience and open to all.


Q: Is the audience seated or standing?
A: The venue has seats for 80 people with an option for the audience to stand in the back.

Q: Is there a stage?
A: Yes.

Q: Is there a PA?
A: Yes. There is a JBL PA with a 16 channel Soundcraft mixer.

Q: Are there monitors?
A: Yes. There are 4 monitors (3 sends from the mixer).

Q: Are there lights?
A: Yes. It is 4 moving heads.

Q: Is there a back line?
A: No, this is unplugged concerts. We have a Steinway piano (Flygel)

Q: Do you have a keyboard stand?
A: No.

Q: Do you have instrument cables?
A: No. Bring your instruments and cables.

Q: Is it OK to sell merchandise?
A: Yes.

Q: Do you pay for travel and stay?
A: No, this is for artists that already planned to come to Reykjavik.

Q: Is the gig paid?
A: No, and we are really sorry for that.


Opening of Capture the Blue at Nauthólsvík beach

Exhibition opening at Nauthólsvík beach / June 18th 15:00 / Free and open for all

 A warm welcome to exhibition opening at Nauthólsvík beach of the Norwegian artist Torild Malmedal’s exhibition Capture the Blue – an exhibition containing sculptures of marble and glass which from June 18th – August 16th will exhibit at Nauthólsvík beach.

The outdoor opening contains several elements which together will add magic to the event: The official opening at 15.00 is by the Norwegian ambassador Cecilie Landsverk. Afterwards you will experience music by Björg Brjánsdóttir, a poem by the Norwegian-Icelandic writer Knut Ødegaard and a dance performance by dancers from Reykjavik with music composed especially for the exhibition by Jan Erik Syversen aka Zoundart. Artist Torild Malmedal will also be present at the opening.

The exhibition consists of nine monumental sculptures in marble and class, all handmade, three meters high and in abstract shapes inspired by exceptional elements from the Nordic nature like icebergs and northern lights. The sculptures express both the might and beauty of nature, but also the vulnerability in a world where the icebergs are melting and nature changes in front of our eyes. Torild Malmedal has been exhibiting Capture the Blue in selected places like Svalbard, Oppdal and Trondheim on a journey from north to south all the way to Antarctica in in 2020.

Welcome to enjoy the sculptures on their visit in Iceland!


Volt- tungumálanámskeið fyrir ungt fólk

Volt – a new culture and language programme for children and young people
The Nordic Culture Point is launching a new Nordic grant programme with the aim of promoting the culture of children and young people. The programme’s name is Volt and the application period is open from the 4th of May until the deadline on the 8th of June.
The Nordic Council of Ministers have allocated approx. 248 000 €/year to the programme. Children and young people are a priority within the Nordic cultural cooperation. The Nordic Council of Ministers’ vision is that the Nordic Region will be the best place in the world for children and young people, one example being strengthening young people’s rights and participation in society. Volt also places great importance on the kids own creativity and participation in the projects.

Basic demands when applying Volt
Anybody within the fields of culture or education may apply. The criteria specify thatthe project revolves around children and young people aged zero – 25.
 the project’s focus is on increasing language understanding, culture and creativity
 the applicant recides in the Nordic Region
 the cooperation is made up of at least three countries in the Nordic Region
 the project will be conducted in one or several countries in the Nordic Region
The assessment is furthermore based on how much the project furthers Nordic meetings and cooperation through culture and language understanding in the Nordic region. Great importance is placed on the creativity, participation and co-determination of young people in the project and how the project has been anchored among them. You may apply between 10 000 – 70 000 €. There has to be a minimum of 30% co-financing.

More information on the criteria for Volt can be found on the Nordic Culture Point’s website:
Contacts for more information: Turið Johannessen, programadvisor
+358 10583 1023
Ola Kellgren, director, Nordic Culture Point +358 10 583 1001


Open for applications: The Nordic House Pikknikk concert series

Do you want to play in Vatnsmýrin?

The concert series Pikknikk is one of the Nordic House’s most popular happenings and a regular event in the building’s cultural calendar. The concert series takes place in the beautiful setting around the Nordic House, in the greenhouse in summertime, and it attracts both Icelandic and foreign music enthusiasts. Admission is free to all concerts and it is very popular to sit on the grass outside the greenhouse and enjoy some refreshments while music becomes one with nature.

Now we have opened for applications to the concert series Pikknikk in summer 2017.

We are looking for:
– Music that is easy to perform outdoors without a great sound system.
– Musicians who are good at talking to their audience and introduce their songs.
– Music that appeals to both Icelanders and tourists
– A musician/band that can perform their music in limited space.
– Music with a Nordic connection. This is a plus but is not required.

If you are interested in playing on the Pikknikk concert series in 2017, please send an email to the manager of the concerts, Mikael Lind, before the 20th of April 2017. The application should include a brief description of the musician/band, a link with examples of music or music videos. All selected participants are paid for their concerts.

The Nordic House Pikknikk concert series
Mikael Lind


Nominations for the Environment Prize

This year, the theme for the Nordic Council Environment Prize is initiatives that bring us closer to the waste-free society. Anybody can submit nominations.

The winner will be announced in Helsinki on 1 November 2017, during the Session of the Nordic Council.

Criteria for nomination

The prize is awarded to a Nordic company, organisation, or individual which has integrated consideration for the environment into its business or work in an exemplary manner, or which has made an extraordinarily positive contribution to the environment in some other way. The winner must have a Nordic perspective and operate in the Nordic Region as well as/or with parties outside the Region.

Theme and nominations

“This year, we are seeking to promote initiatives that bring us closer to the waste-free society, which also entails making progress toward the UN’s 2030 sustainable development goals,” the Nordic adjudication committee says.

Do you know a Nordic company, organisation or individual, who is involved in promoting, developing or using waste-free solutions? If so, nominate your candidate here. The explanation must not exceed one A4 page.

Nomination form

The deadline for nominations is 19 April 2017.

Prize and award ceremony

The nominees for the Nordic Council Environment Prize will be announced in June, and the prize will be awarded for the twenty-third time at a ceremony in Helsinki on 1 November 2017. The winner will receive DKK 350,000.

Previous winners

2016 Too Good To Go (DK) – digital innovation to support sustainable lifestyles

2015 The energy company SEV (FA) – green electrification

2014 The City of Reykjavik (IS) – wide-ranging and determined commitment to the environment

2013 Selina Juul (DK) – combating food waste

See previous winners and read more about the award here.


Heidi Orava
Phone +45 21 71 71 48

Louise Hagemann
Phone +45 21 71 71 41

The Nordic Council Environment Prize

Image in banner :Winner of the Nordic Council Environment Prize 2016. The app “Too Good To Go” (DK). Photographer: Magnus Fröderberg/


Danish museum invites Nordic artists to participate in portrait competition

Danish museum invites Nordic artists to participate in portrait competition

Open call: Now is the time to find the best Nordic portraits. The portrait competition “Portrait NOW! 2017”, The Carlsberg Foundation’s Portrait Award, is open for entries. The Carlsberg Foundation’s Portrait Award is a bi-annual competition for Nordic artists established in 2007 and presented by The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark.
The aim of the competition is to bring about greater interest for the portrait genre amongst artists and the general public. The competition applies to artists in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, Iceland, and The Åland Islands.

“Portraits allow us to connect with people across time and place. Looking at portraits will make us think about what the potentials and limitations of human life are. We have something fundamentally human in common with those people we see in the portraits. A humanistic space, where we are each other’s companions,” says Mette Skougaard, Director at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark. Mette Skougaard is one of the members of the jury. Other members of the international jury include Ólöf Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Director at Reykjavík Art Museum in Iceland and Pontus Ljungberg, director at Ljungbergmuseet in Sweden. “We look forward to seeing the portraits created for this particular competition. We expect it to be a tough task for the jury to find the best portraits out of many qualified entries,” says Mette Skougaard. The portrait Each artist can submit one portrait to the competition. ‘The portrait’ is understood as a reproduction of a particular person. It need not be naturalistic, but should, however, seek to characterise the person as an individual. The medium used for this reproduction is at the discretion of the artist. The artwork must be based on at least one face to face session with the portraitee. The official entry form and a digital photograph of the art work must be registered on the website by 31 December 2016.

The jury will select the prize winners and the portraits which will form part of a portrait exhibition opening in May 2017 at The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle. 1st Prize is awarded DKK 85,000, and 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize, audience prize and  innovation prizes will also receive awards.

 For more information please contact press officer Katrine Holst – – +45 4820 1442. 



Five Nordic Council Prizes awarded in Copenhagen

Vinnare av Nordiska rådets prsier 201 Foto: Magnus Fröderberg/

photo: Magnus Fröderberg/

Katarina Frostenson, Hans Abrahamsen, Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt, Thomas Robsahm, Arnar Már Arngrímsson, and the app “Too Good To Go” were awarded the Nordic Council’s five prizes on Tuesday evening at the DR Concert Hall.

Nordic Council Literature Prize

Katarina Frostenson from Sweden has won the literature prize for her collection of poems “Sånger och formler”. The motivation can be summed up as follows: “In her poetry – so apparently tight, yet actually very spacious – there are constant transformations portraying life’s multifaceted oddity.”

Nordic Council Music Prize

Hans Abrahamsen from Denmark has won the Nordic Council Music Prize for the song cycle “Let Me Tell You”. The motivation can be summed up as follows: “The emotional expression is very detailed and strong in its many shades, especially in the long final song where its many byways are encapsulated and tie the whole concept together.”

Nordic Council Film Prize

Director and screenwriter Joachim Trier, screenwriter Eskil Vogt, and producer Thomas Robsahm have won the film prize for the Norwegian film “Louder Than Bombs”. The motivation can be summed up as follows:

“Joachim Trier and his team embark on an artistic enterprise that takes storytelling to a new level. Its complexity of structure, its emotional probing, and its ability to dismember clichés apart should ensure its place in the curriculum of film schools around the world.”

Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize

Arnar Már Arngrímsson from Iceland has won the children and young people’s literature prize for the book “Sölvasaga unglings”. The motivation can be summed up as follows:

“In this debut novel, the author succeeds in creating a person who is at once interesting, entertaining, annoying, searching, and fascinating. Cultures collide in the language of the narrative, making the text a lively mix of youth jargon and the written language of older generations.”

Nordic Council Environment Prize

Stian Olesen and Klaus B. Pedersen from Denmark have won the environment prize for the app Too Good To Go. The motivation can be summed up as follows: “The app is a digital innovation that uses simple and informal means to change the way that both consumers and businesses approach food waste and the consumption of resources.”

The Nordic Council Prizes – which are each worth DKK 350,000 – were presented at the DR Concert Hall in Copenhagen in conjunction with the Nordic Council Session.



Nordic Culture Point

Nordic Culture Point is an active cultural organisation that works with the whole of the Nordic Region as its platform.

The organisation has three main areas of activity. We provide the secretariat function for three Nordic funding programmes: the Culture and Arts Programme, the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture and NORDBUK. We run a cultural centre and library in the heart of Helsinki, which spreads knowledge of and stimulates interest in culture and the Nordic Region. We are responsible for the profile of cultural co-operation in the Region and beyond. These activities create physical, financial and digital spaces for cultural encounters.

Nordic Culture Point is under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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