The Nordic House

The Nordic House is an icon of Nordic aesthetics and a cultural institution intended to foster and support cultural connections between Iceland and the Nordic countries. The building is an architectural gem situated in Vatsnmýri, only a 10-minute walk from Reykjavík city centre. The Nordic House organises a diverse program of exhibitions, events, and activities of note in the Icelandic cultural calendar. The house was designed by acclaimed Finnish modernist architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976). It features most of Aalto’s signature traits and is furnished by his beautiful designs. The Nordic House features a unique library, the renowned restaurant AALTO Bistro, a boutique with Nordic design objects, as well as concert and exhibition halls showcasing rich art, culture, and design. An event schedule along with a ticketing service can be found at

The Nordic House
Opening hours: change depending on events and festivals. Check our event calendar for more information.

For years, renowned chef Sveinn Kjartansson has welcomed visitors to AALTO Bistro where guests can sample his creative concoctions in the form of a delicious and delightful lunch and dinner.

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