Apart from its plenty of natural attractions and enchanting beauty that makes Iceland the most popular tourist spot in the world, the capital of Iceland is an equally famous spot for the shopaholics. A number of people visit Iceland from across the world, due to which, the scenery and public spacing of the city are undergoing rapid changes every year. The shops in the city are opened all year, so no matter during which season you are visiting, you can shop the items for yourself and your loved ones. There are a plethora of amazing shops and designers in the city where you can buy memorable and unique gifts to present to your friends and family.
The shopping hours in Reykjavik are
Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. while on
Saturdays – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
However, shopping in Iceland during summers might be difficult as some shops remain closed on Saturdays, although the supermarkets remain open. Because of this, winters are the most preferable time to do shopping in the city.
Tour Guide in Iceland helps you travel the city and helps you plan your tour accordingly.
There are various popular shops In Reykjavik for the shopaholics. These include:
- Laugavegur-the main street:
If you are planning to do shopping in Iceland, at some point you will surely land up in the capital’s main shopping street ‘Laugavegur’. This is the most crowded street always buzzing with visitors. It is known as the artery of the inner city and offers some fantastic shopping spots. If you are a vintage/retro lover, then Laugavegur is the right place for you. There are some vintage shops in the street such as Sputnik, GylltiKotturinn, shop-cat Bactus and HerrafatabuoKormaksogSkajaldarthat offers a great deal of old and new threads for the vintage lovers. Apart from this, this famous street also has several design boutiques such as Aurum, Kiosk, Kron shoe store and kronkron that offers the best Icelandic and Nordic designs of Jewelleries, gifts, clothing and much more. Moreover, there are plenty of shops in Laugavegur offering several other items such as t-shirts, herbs, spices and stuffed animals.
- Smaralind and Kringlan shopping malls:
If you visit Iceland, the Kringlan and Smaralind are the two biggest and must-visit shopping malls in the capital. The Kringlan is full of lifestyle shops offering Iceland’s gift items, household items, and Finnish designs. Moreover, it has a great selection of restaurants and cinema for you to enjoy the whole day. The other one is the Smaralind mall, which is the biggest mall in Iceland. It is the best place for those who love to be fashionable and keep up with the latest clothing trends. It is several H&M and Zara stores for you to buy great outfits for you. Moreover, it is the most popular mall for families to spend their day as it has a huge indoor funfair for children and a cinema
- Christmas markets:
Winters are considered the best time to do shopping in Iceland, as the shops are opened throughout the season and a special Christmas market is opened during this time to offer some great shopping items. It is a small market as compared to the other shopping markets in Reykjavik. These markets are operated in and around the capital during the end of the season. Yule Town on Ingolfstorg Square is the most famous Christmas market that offers great shopping items including hand-crafted gifts, mulled wine, sweets, Christmas decorations, Christmas tree toppers, stocking stuffers, centrepieces and much more. You can get the opportunity to stroll these beautiful Christmas markets during the first week of December every year.
- Icelandic Souvenir shops-Kolaportio:
Kolaportio is a flea market in the capital, which is a hub of everything you would look for while shopping. This shop has something for everyone including stuffed toys, clothes, old books, national foodstuffs, historical memorabilia and much more. It is an easily accessible market for the visitors, located near the town centre and the old harbour. However, this shop is only opened during the weakened, and evening is the preferable time to visit here as, during the day time, prices here are generally high.
- Mal OgMenning:
If you are a book lover, then this place is a must-visit for you. It is the most ancient and grand bookstore running in Iceland since 1940. It offers almost all possible genres of both local and international titles. In 2010, the Mal ogMennings was featured in the list of top twelve book stores in the world in the Danish magazine BerlingskeTidende. Moreover, the store also consists of a rublan Café, which has amazing paperbacks and magazines for you to read, or else, you can admire the busy Laugavegur street from the top floor of the store.
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