Several customs related to Christmas exist only in Iceland. The thirteen yule men are a case in point, as well as their parents, Grýla and Leppalúði. The family looks more like a group of trolls than the Santa Claus known to most children in the world. Jólahúsið will inform you of traditions like these, and more. The custom of Icelandic children to put their shoes in the bedroom window thirteen nights before Christmas is explained, as well as the story about the Christmas cat. According to folklore, every person who doesn't get a new piece of clothing for Christmas is supposed to be fed to the Christmas cat. At Jólahúsið, decorations from Germany, the USA and from Iceland can be bought all year round.
Icelandic jewellery design is slowly gaining recognition for striking imagery and bold design. The work of Hansína Jensdóttir has become known for its bold finish and style. Hansína is both sculptor and goldsmith, and in her jewellery she uses combination of various metals, such as gold and steel. This conflict of unlike materials enhances the contrast in her work, which sometimes takes on the symbolic hues of ice and fire. In addition to metal Hansína uses Icelandic stones to add a further resplendence to her designs.
Heilsuhúsið is the oldest and best health-food store in Reykjavík. You'll find a great variety of vitamins as well as natural and organic food at Heilsuhúsið. Wheather you prefer to eat macrobiotic or organic, or simply follow a healthy diet, this is the right place to go.
Be it a wide range of office supplies like cartridges, toners, printer inks or writing materials, one can find them at great prices at A4, a busy stationery shop in Reykjavík's eastern part. Part of a popular chain of office supplies stores, this A4 outlet also sells a large collection of school essentials like bags, study materials, puzzles and toys, among other stuff. Those harboring an interest in arts and crafts can shop for craft sets, embroidery products, plaster, clay and scented candles, among other exciting paraphernalia in a thoughtfully designed store layout.
Tulipop was founded in early 2010 by illustrator Signý Kolbeinsdóttir. The store features home and kitchenware that features the colorful world of unique characters created by Signý. From tableware and stationary, to accessories and homeware, you will delight your children (or your inner kid) with these nifty creations. Quickly gaining steam throughout the world, Tulipop products are currently sold in 10 countries with a plethora of fans.
At Aftur, they buy old clothes - but not just to resell them. They cut the fabrics into small pieces and sew them together into wonderfully new high-fashion creations. It is no coincidence that the name of the store, "Aftur," means "again" in Icelandic. The concept that clothes get to live again is the boutique's biggest appeal.
Kirsuberjatréð (The Cherry Tree) is one of the few craft galleries to offer contemporary Icelandic fashion design as well as the traditional mixture of ornaments and functional items. The clothes, while clearly designer wear, are also highly wearable, made out of unexpected materials and bold colors. In addition to the clothes, Kirsuberjatréð's collection consists of baskets, ceramics, copper sculptures, fish skin items, paper crafts, contemporary jewelery, felt items and various other designs. All the articles are unique, elegant and smart.
Epli.is is one of the popular authorized resellers of Apple gadgets in the capital city of Reykjavík. Located in the eastern part of the city, this electronics store sells the entire range of Apple products including the phenomenally famous iPhone, iPod and Mac laptops. One can also shop for authentic Apple accessories like holsters, batteries and adapters, among others.
At Jack & Jones they offer very basic, casual and comfortable clothing for the modern man. Maybe the clothes are not all trendy and smart but here you can find cool T-shirts and khakis. The prices are also very fair so this is a shop for young men who are not loaded with money.
Suðurver is a tiny local shopping/service centre. They have an excellent baker's here and a very good tea and coffee shop. There is also a hairdresser, a fast food restaurant, a cosmetics shop and a supermarket. Opening hours vary, depending on each shop.
Penninn Kringlunni stocks a good selection of stationery for all purposes; for the home, the student and for business purposes. There is also a reasonably good selection of Icelandic and foreign magazines, as well as the popular tourist books. In front of the shop you can find stands with beautiful Icelandic postcards. The shop is located on the first floor of Kringlan shopping center and is bright and with good access.
Bakarameistarinn delights you by offering several decadent delights on its menu that are a pure treat to your taste buds. This bakery offers a plethora of delicious freshly baked products like breads, cakes, pies and more for you to enjoy and is touted to be one of the best spots for relishing delectable pastries. In case you planning a birthday party for your loved one, the Bakarameistarinn offers a menu of delightful cakes for the same. Besides, this place also serves a scrumptious take-away menu like baguettes, pasta salads, focaccias and more, just ideal for private parties and meetings.