Reykiavik, ICELAND -- While visiting Iceland, I discovered a few fun facts: They don’t have an army. I can barely pronounce any of the names of the cities, towns or volcanoes, but I love the food. The police around here are widely known to drive folks home if they get too drunk rather than jail them. Really.
But the talk of the town: Harpa, a world-class facility that is beautiful inside and out.
Costing roughly £150 million, Harpa was designed by the award-winning architectural team Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with renowned artist Ólafur Eliasson. The structure is the new home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera (previously resigned to playing in various movie theaters, but now comfortably ensconced in the new facility) -- and the venue is already esteemed in elite circles. The facade -- a dazzling display of multi-angled quasi-bricks with colored LED strips that can be easily brightened and dimmed, and will glow at night -- is stunning just like the interiors. I'm attracted to the energy and the beauty this place has to offer visitors. And I can't wait for my next visit back to Harpa because the concert I wanted to attend was sold out so I took this picture ( see above) instead. And here is another fun fact about Iceland: Be sure to purchase your Harpa concert tickets asap.