Kolaportið is Iceland’s only flea market. It’s open every weekend, and is packed with stalls selling everything from hand knit goods to used books and clothes to cheap toys to new age spiritual paraphernalia. It feels like the markets of several different continents combined into one with an excellent food market at one end where you can get super fresh fish, lamb, yummy Icelandic breads, horse meat (yeah, horse), rotten shark, and imported Thai ingredients.
But the best part about Kolaportið is the people- the vendors and the shoppers. The slice of population is more varied than that of the fancy main shopping streets for those who are interested in seeing into the day-to-day lives of Icelanders. There are always a lot of families and always a few “characters” hanging about. The vendors are interesting too: from the above bookseller (“This is the best edition, and I will give it to your for only 10,000ISK. Best deal you’ll find. You absolutely need it.”) to the charismatic owner of the Depla fish stand who encourages tourist to take “the rotten shark challenge.”
[These photos are unedited, 35mm film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]