The Best Places to Buy Souvenirs in Reykjavik

Enjoy our Nature
Enjoy our Nature | © Cait_stewart / Flickr
Camille Buckley

With so many design and tourist shops available in downtown Reykjavik, it can be hard to know what is worth taking home, let alone where to buy it. From salt and schnapps to books and sweaters, these are the places to find the best souvenirs in Reykjavik.

Loved by over 40s


Despite being a budget supermarket chain, Bónus offers many of the quintessential Icelandic things such as chocolate and specifically chocolate from Omnom, which offers an incredible array of finely tuned chocolate bars. The seasonal bars consist of tangy raspberries with dark Madagascar cacao nibs. You can also opt for a delicious blend of almond cookie with clove, orange, cinnamon, anise seeds and cayenne pepper.

Arctic thyme/blodberg

At Bónus you can also find traditional Icelandic tea such as Arctic Thyme which has a distinct, subtle alpine taste that has long been used for medicinal purposes in Iceland and in other Scandinavian countries, as it is especially prevalent in Northern environments. It has antibacterial properties and are considered good for a cold, flu, and upset stomach. Bónus also offers a variety of hand-harvested herbal sea salt blends from Saltverk, a Westfjords company that offers exciting mixes such as Arctic Thyme, Birch Smoke, and Licorice to name a few.

Last but not least, Bónus offers Icelandic licorice in all kinds of varieties, mixed with chocolate.

Black Death


This is the state-run liquor store with many shops in Reykjavik and around Iceland. Here you can find all of Iceland’s most unique spirits. Brennivín is especially one to take home: this clear, unsweetened schnapps is considered to be Iceland’s signature liquor. Brennivín is made from fermented grain or potato mash and flavored with caraway. It is also the drink of choice after eating the fermented shark hákarl.



Kolaportið can feel like a different world entirely. Located downtown with a view of the harbor, this former coal port is where Icelanders come to sell their wares when moving house, moving out of the country, or just spring cleaning their closets. One can find just about anything here — rare books, jade Buddha statues, kimonos, handmade jewelry from Kenya, fur coats, boots, you name it! Kolaportið is only open on weekends from 11am to 5pm.

Farmers Market Store

Farmers Market

Here you can find beautifully designed versions of the Icelandic wool sweater, or lopapeysa, which is a staple in Icelandic fashion. With the typical circular patterning around the shoulders and a wide variety of colors, this will definitely remind you fondly of your trip while keeping your warm. The yarn used, lopi, is made from unspun sheep wool, so it contains more air than spun yarn and consequently, it has better insulation properties. This is the same for all Icelandic woollen products, including blankets, mittens and hats – all of excellent quality and durability.

12 Tonar

12 Tonar

Icelandic music comes in a wide variety of styles besides dreamy pop, and at 12 Tonar and Smekkleysa Records, knowledgeable staff help you decide which CD or record will fill you in on the latest trend in music in Iceland. What better way to take home memories from your trip than a hand-picked album?


Many popular Icelandic titles have been translated beautifully into English, bringing Icelandic literature to a wider audience. Visit Eymundsson, which has many shops around Reykjavik, or Mal og Menning for assistance in picking out a classic Icelandic novel from renowned writers such as Sjón and Halldór Laxness, Iceland’s only Nobel Prize winner in literature. You can also try out an Icelandic Saga such as Njál’s Saga or a children’s book for an easy way into reading Icelandic.

Nature Condoms

Nordic Store

This shop offers all kinds of quirky gifts that pertain directly to Iceland: t-shirts with random Icelandic slogans, Saga memorabilia, fur rugs, Viking hats – you name it. You can also find locally influenced items such as the condoms designed by two Icelandic art students while still in school.

Enjoy Our Nature condoms promote Iceland’s natural landmarks such as iconic geysers, volcanoes, aurora borealis, and sea stacks. Each package comes with a condom and background information about the landmark’s history and geology.

Islandia 1609


Stores such as Geysir and design shops such as Hrim offer beautiful vintage-style maps of Iceland from various centuries. The cartographic history shows an evolution of world perception, with some vintage maps of Iceland showing sea monsters swimming in the corners, and other recent versions coloring the island in bright neon shades.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.