Reykjavik is the capital and largest city in Iceland, and the place most tourists make their home base. Even if you plan on exploring Iceland’s more rugged areas, chances are you’ll spend at least a day in Reykjavik (and you should!). The city is compact and walkable, safe and (with the very notable exceptions of Friday and Saturday nights) very […]

Things to Do in Reykjavik

In Reykjavik, there’s no shortage of souvenir shops where you can find everything from postcards and key chains to elf figurines. Anything you can imagine emblazoned with the Icelandic flag – they probably sell it. But if tchotchke souvenirs just don’t do it for you, here are some ideas for Icelandic souvenirs you’ll actually appreciate once you get home. Lava […]

11 Souvenirs to Buy in Iceland

Shopping in Iceland wouldn’t be classified as a bargain; despite the devaluation of the kronur, luxury goods are still quite pricey. But, you can defer some of that cost by collecting your tax refund whenever you are eligible. The VAT (value-added tax) in Iceland is 25.5% or 7% on special goods. Taxes are always included in the price tag of […]

Tax-Free Shopping in Iceland

All over Iceland, you’ll see locals and visitors wearing warm knit sweaters with a distinctive pattern around the neck. The sweater is called a lopapeysa, which came into fashion in the middle of the 20th century and has lately seen a resurgence in popularity among the younger generations. What once was something generally given as a gift by a doting […]

The Best Icelandic Souvenir: A Lopapeysa

If there’s one souvenir that embodies Iceland, it’s the lopapeysa – a traditional Icelandic sweater with a distinctive pattern. These sweaters are made by hand with sheep’s wool and incredibly warm. They can also be incredibly expensive, going for over 30,000 ISK in the stores that line Laugavegur street, Reykjavik’s main shopping drag. For a cheaper (but still high-quality) version, […]

Shopping at the Kolaportið Weekend Market