A few days ago, I visited Álafoss Wool Store. Located only a short drive from Reykjavik, this store was both accessible and full of beautiful wool products. If you are in search for a traditional Icelandic lopapeysa (woollen sweaters pictured above) as we were, this is certainly a great place for finding them. Each sweater is unique and written on the labels are the knitters behind each one. The prices generally range from 15,000ISK for sale items to 29,500ISK (this is normal for these traditional hand-knitted sweaters). The store also sells mittens, beanies, scarves, knitting wool and non-woollen souvenir products. These included plastic Viking helmets, animal pillow cases, and the stuffed puffin toys found in souvenir stores across Iceland.
Álafoss is also a site of historical interest, having been established in 1896. It has been acclaimed as the”true beginning of Iceland’s wool industry” and is located in an old factory in Mosfellsbær near a waterfall of the same name. The address is Álafossvegur 23, 270 Mosfellsbær and open hours are from 9:00am – 6:00pm from Monday-Friday, and 9:00am – 4:00pm on Saturdays. The store is closed on Sundays.
For more information or a look at their catalogue, visit their official website at http://www.alafoss.is/
I enjoyed my time browsing through Álafoss and would recommend it to anyone looking to gain insight into Iceland’s industrial past while buying Icelandic wool products.