The Best Out of the Ordinary Iceland Souvenirs

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

Part of the fun of a trip overseas is finding just the right souvenir to remind you of your vacation. While bringing something special or unusual home for a friend or family member allows you to share your experience with them. Some people collect fridge magnets, others a bottle of the local tipple to try. But what are the best Iceland souvenirs and products to take home? Here we take you through some of the traditional products you might find around Reykjavik and beyond. We will run through a list of the top classic handicrafts and food products. We will also take a look at some of the more unusual and quirky gifts to be found. Read on for our ultimate guide to Icelandic gift ideas.

Traditional Icelandic Souvenirs

#1 The Icelandic Wool Sweater

Perhaps the most iconic of all the Icelandic-made products are the classic Icelandic sweaters known as lopapeysa. These are traditionally made using pure unspun Icelandic sheep’s wool. Because the wool is not spun it contains more air. This means that it gains better insulation properties. There is also a certain amount of water resistance gained from the use of this yarn. These sweaters will keep you warm and to a certain extent dry in the wild Icelandic weather.

Couple wearing traditional icelandic knitted sweaters with an icy lake scene behind. The best Iceland souvenirs.

The typical designs are in earthy natural tones with a circular pattern around the neckline. These cozy and stylish creations will always remind you of your trip. They can be bought all over Iceland in clothes shops and souvenir shops. Do read the labels carefully though if you want a truly authentic product. These days many are made in China out of mixed yarns. For the best product lookout for the Made in Iceland label and check the fabric ratios. If you don’t fancy a sweater there are many more Icelandic wool products on offer. How about a pair of mittens, a shawl or a snug warm blanket?

#2 Icelandic Licorice

Some of the best gifts you can bring someone from a trip away are edible offerings. These are an especially good idea if you are not exactly sure of the recipient’s tastes. Iceland in a country obsessed with licorice. The national taste buds really are highly attuned to this slightly bittersweet flavor. You can buy it in many forms, including soft licorice covered in chocolate.

#3 Omnom Chocolate

This is the leading artisan chocolate brand in Iceland and it makes for a great gift. The company carefully source their cacao to create delicious and attractive chocolate bars in all sorts of flavors. Unsurprisingly the most popular and highly recommended flavor is licorice and sea salt. If this all sounds a little too unusual for your tastes they have many more conventional flavours in the mix.

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