Shopping in Reykjavik

For a relatively small city, Reykjavik is a shopper’s paradise! There’s literally something for everyone – charming little side-street boutiques, exclusive, luxurious art galleries, beautiful local and international design and any kind of food you could possibly imagine.

Classic items to pick up in Iceland include the Icelandic outdoor wear brands, such as Cintamani and 66°N, and of course the Icelandic wooly sweater which is both stylish and extremely warm. The trick is knowing where to go for each thing; the shopping area around Laugavegur and Skólavörðurstígur in the city center is better for more one-of-a-kind, non-chain stores and a greater collection of art stores and unique design. The shopping centers on the other hand,the major ones of which are Kringlan, the original Icelandic Shopping Mall, and Smáralind, which is the largest and most recent, are the place to go for a greater selection of name-brand franchises, to conveniently get to a lot of different shops, to spend a day with kids or teenagers (they both have supervised children’s play areas) or if the weather is too bad for outdoor shopping.

Tax Free Shopping: Please make a note that as a traveller in Iceland, you are not obligated to pay the VAT tax on purchases over 4000 isk, so make sure to save your receipt! You can claim your tax refund at the airport on your way home, at the information desks in both shopping malls, and possibly at a few locations in downtown Reykjavik. The airport is always the safe bet though!