Akureyri, which is often called Iceland’s cultural capital of the North, has an eclectic mix of shopping opportunities. While there are commercial shopping opportunities, there are also many thrift stores and some that support important causes. Here is our guide to the best thrift stores and flea markets in Akureyri, offering everything from clothing and books to antiques and furniture.
This is a great place to enjoy shopping while supporting a great cause. Hertex, run by the Salvation Army, is where you can find a selection of items catering to a slightly older clientele. But if you really sift through the embroidered pillowcases, you’ll find the hidden gems.
Formerly known as Frúin í Hamburg, the shop was turned into Flóra Concept Store with a similar theme as the original. They offer a mix of items such as vintage fashion pieces, CDs and records by local musicians, retro jewelry, artistic sculptural objects, and wall pieces that have been carefully hand-picked to suit the store’s aesthetic of minimal Scandinavian vintage.
Fjölsmiðjan is a community center for young people that has a kitchen and a market. The market sells used household items donated by companies. You can find an eclectic mix of vintage items as well as brand new supplies. Fjölsmiðjan also has an electronics center where old electronics have been donated and some have been restored by staff. The kitchen is also open every day for breakfast and dinner, offering mostly fish and lamb dishes.
This second-hand bookstore has a little bit of everything from classic Icelandic literature and comic books to newer paperbacks. With books heavily stacked and filling the space, you never know what you will find at this popular bookstore that is conveniently located just across the street from the Akureyri Art Museum.