Finding a Discount Lopapeysa at Kolaportið Flea Market in Reykjavik
The lopapeysa is the quintessential Icelandic souvenir. Made of the wool from Icelandic sheep and featuring a decorative patterned yoke around the neck, the traditional sweaters are known for their insulation and warmth. Always popular with tourists, the sweaters are making a comeback amongst locals these days. If you don’t have an Icelandic granny to make you one and are short the few hundred dollars it costs to buy one in a fancy tourist shop, head to the weekend Kolaportið Flea Market by the Harbor. Among the piles of used DVDs and vintage clothes, you’ll find several vendors selling hand-knit lopapeysas. Prices are about half of what they cost retail and you’ll be buying directly from the people who make them.