Monday, July 28, 2008
Part XIII - Reykjavik again
... and back in Reykjavik again. From Stykkisholmur we made our way back into the capital for a last day of shopping before coming back. We stopped in Mosfellsbaer first, just outside of Reykjavik, to visit the Alafoss outlet store. For me to buy yarn, of course. I literally lost my head there, and brought back a full bag (and tax free, too), but I'll show you that later since it deserves a post of its own.
It was about lunch time when we got in Reykjavik so we went to buy tickets for the Puffin Express tour at the harbour and then to have lunch at the famous Saegreifinn (Seabaron) restaurant, owned by a retired fisherman named Kjartan Halldorsson. We had one of our best meals there (and at very affordable prices too). They serve the best lobster soup ever, and delicious grilled seafood/fish dishes. I had scallops, a particular favorite of mine and which I never seem to find in Portugal.
After such a hearty meal, it was time for some strolling around the main shopping streets and some last minute shopping. Prices are generally expensive but here's my top picks:
Aurum: beautiful items in silver and white gold jewellery. I couldn't resist a pair of earrings from here.
66º North: Iceland's favorite outdoor clothing shop. They sell really nice stuff here. Kind of pricey but very good bargains on sale. I ended up getting a wind proof fleece jacket from the airport shop (which is already tax free, by the way)
Marimekko: the famous Finnish brand had a shop in Reykjavik and I had to take a peek (didn't get any of their fabrics though)
Kolaportið Flea Market: this indoor flea market near the harbour is a must if you're looking for a bargain. I didn't have much time to explore it but got a hand knit icelandic lopi vest anyway, from two nice old ladies who had a stall there.
Handknitting Association of Iceland: for all hand knit items and such. I think they also sell yarn here.
For souvenirs and such we liked the big tourist shop near the start of Laugavegur or any of the big bookstores in this street.
For our last afternoon we took the Puffin Express tour, which in one hour takes you to Akurey and Lundey, two small puffin islands near Reykajvik. I love these cute birds so the tour was a must for me.