Álafoss, which makes Lopi brand yarn. Every type of yarn they make was in stock, as well as .... tons of sweaters! The old mill is located next to the small eponymous waterfall and there are a few other old stone buildings dedicated to artisan shops and a fabulous coffeehouse (coffee is pervasive and excellent throughout the country). Alafoss was full of women buying wool products, but all the guys were next door in the knife shop. Also an amazing place.
Þingborg (pronounced thingborg), which is a workshop dedicated to traditional wool techniques. Every type of woolwork is done here, from shearing to spinning to dyeing. The workers sell real lopi yarn which is made from a particular type of wool and is not spun. Interesting stuff. A few of the members create felted items, both clothing and toys, and many of the traditional-style dolls I saw for sale were made of felted wool (sorry, no pictures of those).
Atlantic Leather in Sauðarkrókur (pronounced southacroaker). The tannery has won numerous awards for being a green company and is the only one in the world to create fish leather. Yes, you read that correctly, leather from fish. We took a tour and bought a number of skins. What is it like? Just like leather! Amazing stuff. Skins are dyed in a rainbow of colors and samples of high-end clothing and accessories were on display. I bought four beautiful skins and plan to make leather covered buttons - examples of which I saw in the showroom.
Iceland was was wonderful. I encourage everyone to visit. One of my favorite aspects of the culture is the appreciation of art and handwork. Everywhere you look are items people have made by hand and use everyday.
I took pictures of street art, not just in Reykjavik, but in tiny towns all over the country. I've posted a selection on Facebook if you want to take a look.