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Nordic House

The Nordic House an icon of aesthetics, is a cultural institution and an architectural gem situated in Vatsmýrin, only a 10-minute walk from the Reykjavík city center.

Here is an idea how to enjoy the Nordic House (2 hours)

  • Audio tour. Start your visit at The Nordic House by taking an audio tour of the house. The tour is free and available at the reception.
  • Exhibition. After a being inspired by the history and architecture of the Nordic House, visit the exhibition rooms on the lower floor.
  • Dinner. Enjoy a leisurely meal at the AALTO Bistro, with an amazing view of Reykjavík and the Vatnsmýri Nature Reserve.The food at the AALTO Bistro draws on fresh, local and healthy ingredients, with vegan options.  
  • Check out the event calendar


The Nordic House organizes a diverse program of cultural events and exhibitions and is a venue for front row activities in the Icelandic cultural calendar. The house is designed by acclaimed Finnish modernist architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976). The house features most of Aalto’s signature traits and is furnished by his beautiful design. Visit The Nordic House and enjoy a unique library, a renowned restaurant AALTO Bistro, a boutique with Nordic design, concert- and exhibition halls showing rich seam of art, culture and design. 

A full event and ticketing service can be found at www.nordichouse.is

The year 2016 marked 40 years from the death of the Nordic House's architect, Alvar Aalto. To celebrate his work a website has been established with 15 of his most remarkable buildings but he designed over 500 buildings of which over 300 were built. The Nordic House in Iceland is one of the buildings listed on the website.

For a complete list of events, visit The Nordic House's event calendar.


For years, the renowned chef Sveinn Kjartansson has been showing viewers of Icelandic television how to make the most of the country's natural food sources, especially its impressive range of seafood. Now, visitors to AALTO Bistro in the Nordic House can sample for themselves the work of this creative chef, in the form of delicious and delightful fresh lunch and dinner. Naturally, the fruits of the sea feature prominently, although meat and vegan options are also on offer.

Cultural events take place in the Nordic House every day; concerts, art exhibitions, seminars, theatre and more.

Visit Aalto Bistro website.

The Nordic House
Open daily: 10:00 – 18:00

Open daily: 10:00 – 18:00

The Library
Open daily: 10:00 - 18:00
tel: +354 551 7090

Exhibition Halls
Open daily: 14:00 - 18:00
Weekends: 10:00 - 18:00

AALTO Bistro
Sun - Tue: 11:30 - 17:00
Wed - Sat: 11:30 - 21:30
tel. +354 551 0200