Unique Local Shops in Iceland - Hotel Rangá


Woman wearing Icelandic lopapeysa sweater stands high above a fjord in west Iceland.

Unique Local Shops in Iceland

Looking for a special Icelandic souvenir? Check out this article to learn about some unique local shops just around the corner from Hotel Rangá.

Looking for a souvenir to bring back home? Hotel Rangá is located nearby several unique local shops in Iceland that are well worth a visit. Many Icelanders are talented craftspeople, and visitors can find many one-of-a-kind products for sale. From lopapeysa sweaters to local artwork and Icelandic delicacies–there is something for everyone.

Three sheep stand in the highlands of Iceland.
During the summer, Icelandic sheep roam free. Photo by Gunnar – Icelandic Explorer.

Uppspunni Mini Mill and Yarn Shop

As you travel around Iceland, you will probably spot a sheep or two grazing in the open fields beside the road. Icelandic sheep are near and dear to Icelanders hearts, and there is a long tradition of utilizing sheep’s wool to create warm lopapeysa sweaters and blankets. Uppspuni Mini Mill and Yarn Shop is the perfect place to learn more about this important part of Icelandic culture.

Hulda Brynjólfsdóttir and Tyrfingur Sveinsson own and operate the mill as well as the nearby farm, Lækjartún. In fact, they use wool from their own sheep to spin new yarn in the mini mill. Visitors can walk through the mill and get a better understanding about the ins and outs of wool processing. Hulda and Tyrfingur have also opened their mill to locals who own sheep and want to turn their wool into yarn.

What’s more, visitors are able to buy newly spun yarn in the Uppspuni Yarn Shop. This yarn has been dyed in a variety of beautiful colors, perfect for a special knitted garment. Want to try your hand at knitting an Icelandic lopapeysa sweater? Uppspuni Yarn Shop also has knitting patterns for sale.  Not a knitter? Not to worry, there are many locally-made woolen products for sale.

Woman wearing Icelandic lopapeysa sweater stands high above a fjord in west Iceland.
The Icelandic lopapeysa sweater is both warm and beautiful.

Una Local Product

Una Local Product is a family-owned and operated shop located in the nearby town of Hvolsvöllur. The shop  specializes in handmade woolen goods and artwork made by over 150 local artisans in the surrounding community. Visitors will find a large variety of products including lopapeysa sweaters, hand-carved vases, handmade jewelry and beautiful artwork.

Una Local Product specializes in sustainable products made with local materials. Visitors will find hats, gloves and lopapeysa sweaters made by local knitters. Made with Icelandic wool, these hand-knitted garments are not only beautiful but incredibly warm. At Una Local Product, you will also find jewelry made from lava stones, carvings made with Icelandic wood and art made with felted wool.

Una Local Product even sells food products. Remember your trip to Iceland when you bring home a jar of delicious local honey produced in the nearby Fljótshlíð valley. Or buy some delicious homemade jams made with wild Icelandic berries – this is an excellent gift for friends and family back at home. Una Local Product even sells local meat and teas flavored with Icelandic herbs.

Three kids walk through a pen filled with Icelandic sheep.
Icelandic sheep produce incredibly warm wool that is used to create the famous lopapeysa sweaters.

Litla Lopasjoppan

Just a few minutes from Hotel Rangá in the town of Hella is the family-owned Lilta Lopasjoppan. As you walk into the shop, you will see stacks and stacks of handmade lopapeysa sweaters. Every sweater is unique and made by a local knitter. Be sure to browse through the different colors and styles until you find a sweater that suits your style.

Litla Lopasjoppan also sells a large variety of yarn as well as woolen hats, mittens and scarves. If you want to try your hand at knitting, talk to the knowledgeable staff. They can help you pick out a knitting pattern, yarn and knitting needles. Visitors will find a nice variety of other souvenirs in Litla Lopasjoppan such as handmade jewelry and many kids toys.


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Exterior of Hotel Rangá on a summer day with blue skies overhead and green grass in the foreground.
Visit Hotel Rangá during the Icelandic summer and enjoy long, bright days. Photo by Ingibjörg Friðrikdsdóttir.

Unique Local Shops in Iceland

Souvenirs are a wonderful way to remember your trip to Iceland. Shopping for souvenirs is also an excellent opportunity to find special gifts for friends and family back home. Luckily, there are many unique local shops in Iceland. These three excellent shops are located minutes from Hotel Rangá. We hope you will enjoy your shopping experience and find a souvenir that you will treasure.

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