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Buy the real thing: knit wool in Iceland.

Buy the real thing: knit wool in Iceland.

Iceland is sparsely populated—famously, more sheep live on this tiny island than people. This means there’s a great tradition of knit wool apparel, which means there’s a lovely array of meaningful and practical gifts for you to pick up for the loved ones back home. 

Or, if you’re a dumb dumb like me, warm hats and gloves to pick up because for some reason you did not pack any.

That’s me. Warm scarf, waterproof jacket, safety helmet, and gloves / a headband made by the fine people of Iceland. I was literally going on a glacier which is a block of ICE why did I not think this one through and pack my own.

A few different folks clued me into one particular shop: the Handknitting Association of Iceland. They have a couple different locations in Reykjavik and everything is guaranteed “made in Iceland”. Some tourist shops, while using Iceland wool and patterns, peddle wares assembled in China.

The Handknitting Association’s apparel ranges from massive sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, and little trinkets made of yarn. They also sell patterns, wool yarn, and unspun wool for the crafter in your life. They’re quality pieces—consider any purchase an heirloom investment you’ll pass on some day. And that is truly the best souvenir of all.

My top 5 travel moments from 2016.

My top 5 travel moments from 2016.

Obliterate jet lag on your trip to Iceland.

Obliterate jet lag on your trip to Iceland.