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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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  • If you are an architecture buff make sure to go to the University of Iceland campus in Reykjavik to visit this Alvar Aalto building. Besides the beautiful architectural detailing, lunch in the cafe is...  more »
  • How lovely when you visit for one reason - to experience Alvar Aalto's architecture - and are surprised and delighted by something else as well! Aalto's style and handiwork were on everything from the...  more »
  • 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...