Arctic Concerts – Svafa Þórhallsdóttir


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Arctic Concerts

Every Thursday nights at 20.30  throughout the summer season

 Arctic Concerts is a series with outstanding Icelandic and Nordic musicians, performing diverse musically interesting programs for travelers, as well as locals, at the Nordic House. The concert series is ideal for travelers interested in music from Iceland and the North Atlantic region. The different programs vary in stile;  classical, jazz, folk and popular music performed by superb local musicians and Nordic guests, mainly with music from Iceland and it’s neighboring countries.

Svafa Þórhallsdóttir soprano is born in Iceland but now lives in Copenhagen Denmark where she works as a singer, coir conductor and music pedagogue.  She has a wonderful reputation for her creative approach to music and her beautiful voice.   Her program is called Mountain Music and includes songs by Jón Leifs,  Jórunn Viðar and Edward Grieg, amongst others.  The Canadian pianist Sandra Mogensen will accompany Svafa at Arctic Concerts but Sandra who also lives in Denmark, has specialised in Nordic music, not the least E. Grieg’s, who’s music she has released on three CD’s with CHM publishing.

Admission fee to  Arctic Concerts is ISK 2.500.

The different programs vary in stile; classical, jazz, folk and popular music performed by superb musicians

07.7. KK singer/songwriter – mixed

14.7. Arctic Broken Consort – mixed

21.7. Sunna Gunnlaugsdóttir- jazz

28.7. Funi – folk

04.8. Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir & Jóhannes Andreasen – songs

11.8. Svavar Knútur – troubadour

18.8. Sölvi Kolbeinsson – jazz

25.8. Svafa Þórhallsdóttir – songs

Dinner and a concert

The exceptional Aalto Bistro  (the Nordic House restaurant) is open for dinner before the concerts, offering a special Arctic dinner for concert guests. Aalto Bistro emphasis on Nordic food inspired by central European cuisine. Book a table   AAlto kitchen is open till 21.30 on Thursday evenings.


The Nordic House is in central Reykjavík. The walking distance from the city center is approx. 15 minutes. You can also use Strætó and take route 15 and get off at “Íslensk Erfðagreining”. You can also take route 14 and get off at the University of Iceland. We recommend to find the most suitable route.

Painting: Georg Guðni, 2001