Payday is just around the corner. Here is an idea of what to buy with whats left after you’ve paid your rent.
Two Iceland labels sell their CDs and LPs at their own downtown stores. 12 Tónar on Skólavörðustigur releases bands like Samaris, Ólöf Arnalds, Grísalappalisa and Apparat Organ Quartet; Smekkleysa (“Bad Taste”), on Laugavegur, has released Sigur rós, The Sugarcubes, Ghostigital, and many others. But it’s the new bands and obscure rarities that you should keep an eye out for: you won’t find them anywhere else. Blinding by the choices? We recommend ‘Snapshots’ by Tonik Ensemble, and ‘Brazil’ by JFDR. JR
Taramar Purifying Treatment
Dr. Guðrún Marteinsdóttir, a professor at the University of Iceland, started Taramar to create high-quality skincare products with natural Icelandic ingredients. Spent a little too much time indulging last weekend? This purifying treatment is the best way to detox. Made with Icelandic kelp, seaweed and Vitamin E, the oily blend will firm your skin and restore it to its bright and radiant self. I know this sounds like a commercial, but trust me: this stuff is incredible. HJC
Antique Postcards at Kolaportið
Iceland’s biggest flea market is Kolaportið—a cavernous market by the old harbour. It used to be a giant jumble sale, but it’s being slowly taken over by stalls selling iPhone accessories and imported trinkets. One gem that remains is the table that sells vintage postcards featuring landscapes, obscure towns, and portraits of historical figures. Whether it’s to put in a frame or sent back to your friend, you’ll find something good here. And there’s not a puffin in sight. JR
Hildur Yeoman Clothing
Celebrated Icelandic fashion designer Hildur Yeoman recently opened the doors of a brand new boutique on Skólavörðustígur. As well as selling her own designs—womenswear characterised by flowing shapes made from fine fabrics with colourful, distinctive, busy prints—the store also sells work by an assortment of Hildur’s fellow designers, as well as shoes, jewellery, French tea and other interesting trinkets. JR
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