After his musical studies in Iceland, Hávarður went to France to study at the Paris Conservatory under the guidance of maestro J.M.Rollez. 1986 he graduated with a first price and two years later he finished the postgraduate program at the same school. 1989 – 95 he was on contract with the Royal Flamish Opera Orchestra in Antwerpen. During that period he continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp with maestro Etienne Siebens. Hávarður moved back to Iceland 1995 when he was appointed Principal Bass of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Hávarður teaches at the Reykjavik College of Music, is a member of the CAPUT-ensemble and performs with several other chamber music ensembles.