The fish my sister couldn’t resist buying at SÆDÍS HANDCRAFTED JEWELRY.


SÆDÍS, a lovely jewelry and gift shop.

The entire Reykjavik Harbour waterfront area has changed dramatically in the past few years.

The most obvious newcomer is Harpa, but the look and feel of the whole stretch between Harpa and Víkin – the Maritime Museum which itself only opened in 2005 – has become increasingly lively in recent years.

You can spend a whole day exploring this area – a stone’s throw (or 5-minute walk) from central downtown Reykjavik – as I just discovered with my sister who was visiting last week.

So, in this first focus on the Reykjavik Harbour, here’s a glimpse of some of the shopping options, because, let’s face it, shopping is usually high on a 21st-century tourist’s to-do list!

NETAGERÐIN workshop and shop is run by design firms BBOLLA, STÁSS & VOLKI, as well as independent music label KONGÓ.

GALLERÍ DUNGA sells work exclusively by female Icelandic artists.

Even in the early morning mist, this signpost pointing to many of the tour operators based here gives you some idea of how much is going on in and around (and departing from!) the harbour.

A harbour view from Harpa, which also boasts a lovely gift shop and music shop.