The small volcanic island of Iceland boasts of a stunning rustic landscape, which attracts tourists from all over the world. About 80% of its land is uninhabitable, 11% is covered with glacial ice, and it is constantly influenced by bone-chilling winds as well as volcanic eruptions of varying scale. Yet it enchants everyone with its rocky terrain, untouched beauty, naturally occurring hot springs and the unparalleled phenomena of Aurora Borealis.
Iceland can surprise you in a number of ways. The shopping in Reykjavik, its national capital, just proves this point. Normally, one would expect only woolen clothes, blankets or winter-wear being offered as niche shopping products here. However, Reykjavik is obsessed with design and that is evident in all vintage books, music, watches, clothes, arts and crafts, handmade jewelry, metalwork, ceramic sculptures one can indulge here. Most of the shopping can be done within walking distance in the heart of Reykjavik in Laugardalur, Skolavordustigur and Hverfisgata areas. Just book a car rental service at Keflavik Airport to reach here and start shopping.
It is famous for popularizing the best Icelandic design with creations of about 70 designers housed in Reykjavik’s oldest house, built in the 18th century! This is a one-stop shop to get unique designs for everything from clothing, woodwork, leather creations to ceramics and glass. Handcrafted cards, light furniture, ornate glass plates and even gourmet food from locally produced herbs are just some of the specialties to shop here. Everything is utilitarian in nature with a rare finish that cannot be found anywhere else.
It is an indoor flea market, open every weekend in the old harbour area. It is the only flea market in Iceland, which was renowned as the place of cheap second hand clothes, books and souvenirs of all kinds. Like all flea markets, it is also chaotic and depicts the true richness of Icelandic culture. Browse around for whatever catches your fancy, as there are many interesting and weird products on sale here. Shop for rare Halloween costumes, vintage clothes or jewelry that is not available anywhere else in the world. The food section here is a delight with Icelandic delicacies such as fermented shark that is available for the gutsy ones. Most of the stores only accept cash though.
Perhaps, it is the most famous shop for all kinds of protective clothing for outdoors, keeping Iceland’s punishing weather in mind. With a history of making clothing for Icelandic fishermen working in unbearable conditions, they have just the right mix of passion and experience to create functional, comfortable yet trendy clothing for all outdoor enthusiasts.
It is a small shop with bespoke woolen clothing and accessories such as Fjällräven backpacks, infused with authentic Icelandic design elements. It is located on the corner of Skólavörðustígur and Óðinsgata.
Art gallery and design shop is a dynamic venue for appreciating and buying innovative art works from celebrated Icelandic contemporary artists. Their vast offerings, including cutting-edge clothing to quirky handbags and elegant candlesticks are equal parts real and magical.
It is the antique shopping haven with a vintage selection of home essentials ranging from fabrics, furniture, jewelry, lamps to cutlery and baby strollers. As comfortable as being in grandma’s home, Friða Frænka provides old world charm that befits our nostalgic prism.
With multiple options for car rentals in Reykjavik, it is easy to reach its artistic shopping destinations. Iceland is a geographically cold country with a huge, warm heart that makes it a must-visit destination.