Hafnarhús is home to the Erró Collection, and works from the collection are always on display. Erró is one of the pioneers of pop art in Europe, and without doubt one of Iceland’s most well known contemporary artists. In Hafnarhús there is also great emphasis placed on exhibiting progressive and experimental art by renowned Icelandic and international contemporary artists, as well as young, up-and-coming talents.
There are several events held in Hafnarhús each year, and it provides a venue for various festivals, such as Iceland Airwaves. There are six exhibition spaces in the building, in addition to an outdoor yard that is almost unique in Icelandic architecture, a multifunctional space, and a library. There is also a place for children called Moment – A Place to Create, intended for all those who need an outlet for their creativity. At the restaurant Frú Lauga Matstofa, guests can enjoy healthy and delicious dishes, Italian wine and beer, organic coffee, together with tempting cakes.

Exhibitions at Hafnarhús

Libiu & Ólafs: Allir eru að gera það sem þeir geta (a still), 2008.
12.01.2017 - 07.05.2017
Odelscape, 1982-1983, alkyd paint on canvas.
18.02.2017 - 01.05.2017
03.02.2017 - 01.05.2017
16.03.2017 - 07.05.2017

Guðmundur Guðmundsson (b. 1932), better known as Erró, is without a doubt the best known contemporary artist of Iceland.


Hafnarhús is situated by the old harbour in the oldest part of Reykjavík, where the earliest wharf and age-old moorings lay. The building was designed by one of the originators of Icelandic architecture, architect Sigurður Guðmundsson, in collaboration with harbour master Þórarinn Kristjánsson.

Erró, Portraits d'Expressionnistes, 1992

In 1989 Erró gave the City of Reykjavík a large collection of his works, a total of about 2,000 items, including paintings, watercolours, graphic art, sculptures, collages and other works spanning the artist's entire career from his youth.