You know the saying – ‘one man’s junk is another man’s treasure’. That’s exactly the feel inside Kolaportið on any given weekend. Kolaportið, Reykjavík’s indoor flea market, located inside an old warehouse down by the harbour turns into a crazy sales pit stuffed with various goods every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00–17:00. Attracting a large number of downtown pedestrians who come for the mix of lively atmosphere and the hope of finding some rare items for sale, strolling around where diverse stalls fill almost every inch inside the huge space is always a fun way to spend the afternoon.
As at other flea markets, there is a lot of junk to be found in Kolaportið, but clever hunters who take their time looking for that special something might stumble upon some really great bargains. Stalls filled with old vinyls and CD’s, movies, second-hand clothes, shoes, jewellery and antique furniture and even new designs by young Icelandic designers can be found. Well, just about anything you would expect to find at a local flea market. And there are eatable things too: the best potatoes and ‘harðfiskur’ (dried fish) you’ll find in the city in fact, as well as stacks of traditional Icelandic candy and fermented shark.
It’s worth noting that those who need to get rid of old clothes or empty the garage can rent a spot for a reasonable price.