Buying souvenirs is not necessary when visiting other countries, but it is always nice to bring a little something back home from your trips as a reminder of the good time you spent abroad. Here’s a list of practical souvenir ideas that will leave you with fond memories of your trip in Iceland.
The traditional Icelandic sweater ‘lopapeysa’ is not cheap but is very Icelandic! For smaller budgets, a hat, gloves, or a scarf made from Icelandic wool will do the trick. You can buy knitwear directly from outlets such as Álafoss Varma. For your friends, that like to knit you can bring them home Icelandic wool to knit themselves a lopapeysa.
Icelandic beauty products and brands are numerous: Blue Lagoon, Sóley, Purity herbs, Sola, and Annarosa.
An old map of Iceland is a beautiful gift that you can buy in all Geysir shops. You might get lucky and find an old map of Iceland in the flea market.
Icelandic books of photographs are a splendid gift. Any book by Ragnar Axelsson is incredibly beautiful to the eye and the heart, but we also like Spessi, Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson.
A t-shirt is an unusual but useful gift! You can find t-shirts in all the souvenir shops, including the Dogma store on Laugavegur in Reykjavík.
Iceland’s salt! I have a soft spot for the staff at Norðursalt located on the west fjords of Iceland, but there are other salt products available in Iceland i.e. Saltverk or flavored salts in the bookstore Eymundsson.
Icelandic music: the choice is vast, between the well-known bands like Of Monsters and Men, Björk, Sigur Rós or for the less known musicians such as Mugison, Minor Reflection, Samaris or Seabear. Check out 12 Tónar in Reykjavik it is quite an experience.
Some Icelandic literature! The classics: the sagas, Halldór Laxness. For a good detective story: Arnaldur Indridason, Arni Þórarinsson, Ólafur Haukur Simonarson. Looking for beautiful novels? Jón Kalman Stefánsson, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir. For wacky novels or books: Jón Gnarr, Sjón.
Handicrafts or Icelandic art! You will find a craft store or art gallery on almost every street corner in every town in Iceland.
Skyr is a type of yogurt traditional to Iceland and is a rare commodity in other countries around the world, even though the success of the product abroad pushes the company to export more and more. So why not bring a pot of skyr home for your friends to try?… It’s tasty!
Icelanders love sweets; there are dozens of pure Icelandic candy. Chocolate filled with licorice, chocolate raisins, jelly sweets, you’ll be spoiled for choice! I strongly recommend the delicious chocolate Omnom, with the beautiful graphics on the wrappers!
In Eymundsson bookstores cafes, you’ll find the Drifa brand fridge-magnets displaying impressive slogans and graphics.
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