On a good weekend stroll in downtown Reykjavík there is an indispensable stop that any sensible (and batshit insane) person will not miss: Kolaportið. The huge market down by the harbour has been running every weekend since 1989 in the lower level of the customs house on Tryggvagata. It has since become a staple shopping tradition for anyone looking to score some hidden gems or just plain crazy crap.
There is really something for everyone in this place, whether you are hunting for towels of bikini clad biker chicks, limited print LPs, necklaces with giant bejewelled crosses, second-hand clothing or just some great harðfiskur and candy. The whole place is a bustling affair welcome to all and swarming with people from all types of life here in Iceland, so it’s also a great place for social observation and fun eavesdropping. A must go for locals and visitors alike.