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The Nordic House, Reykjavik

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The Nordic House in Reykjavík is a cultural institution opened in 1968 and operated by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Its goal is to foster and support cultural connections between Iceland and the other Nordic countries. To this end the Nordic House organizes a diverse program of cultural events and exhibitions. The house is the venue for front row activities in the Icelandic cultural calendar: Reykjavík International Film and Literary Festivals, Iceland Airwaves and The Nordic Fashion Biennale—launched by the Nordic House, now on its way to the runways of Copenhagen and New York.

The Nordic House maintains a library that is unique in Iceland because of its architecture and design by Alvar Aalto and its collection of over 30,000 items in 7 Nordic languages though without Icelandic. Library users may loan books, eBooks, films, magazines and graphic art by Nordic artists from the Artotek, use the Internet, study or have a cup of coffee and read a range of Nordic newspapers which arrive daily by airmail.

In addition, there is a shop for Nordic design and food products, exhibition space and auditoriums. The house also features an acclaimed restaurant serving New Nordic food.
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  • Food here (Aalto Bistro) is so good, we stopped for lunch and the food is outstanding, in a really beautifully designed interior. Interesting place, have a look at the exhibitions that are on too... 
  • The Nordic House is to promote Nordic language and culture. The operation paid for, among other things. of taxpayers in the Nordic countries. We expected therefore to be able to get the original new Nordic food of Norse-speaking servants. But no. Today's cuisine offered, among other things. on Minestrone, lasagna and cheesecake served by waiters, who insisted on speaking English. We were 3 people who got an excellent vegetable soup (which had little to do with Minestrone), as well as a paragraph excellent cake. Price: DKK 475. The only Nordic touch was enough price, as in the other Nordic capitals even is available much cheaper. Surely the time has come to leave the operation of the British Council or the Italian Cultural Institute?
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  • We visited this as we'd seen it mentioned in a local newspaper. It exists to promote cultural connections between Iceland and other Icelandic counties. They have a lovely bistro, library, exhibitions,...  read more »
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