The tiny creative community of Seyðisfjörður, Iceland has about half a dozen little shops and local boutiques.
One of our favorite spots is tucked away from Seyðisfjörður’s main rainbow brick walk way away from the cute, and anything but blah, Bláa Kirkjan (Blue Church).
Blóðberg Icelandic Designs opened just about a year ago and is located inside the oldest house in Seyðisfjörður. Erna Lilju Helgadóttir opened the shop in the living room of the home she lives in just about a year ago.
The house was built in the 1860s and the creek of the original wood floorboards beneath your feet gives you a hint as to what life in Seyðisfjörður used to be like more than a century before the cruise ships arrived.
To say it’s the oldest building would be a lie because apparently there’s an older structure still standing in the town, but it’s a shed rather than a habitable house.
Despite the age of the building, most of the products you’ll find for sale in the shop are from more modern Icelandic designers. There are scarfs with maps of Iceland…
…and fun cord keepers in materials like fish skin and wool from Guðrún Borghildur.
Tulipop is all the rage in Iceland these days, so you’ll see kids products with characters like Mr. Tree and smelly Fred adorning everything from keychains to lamps.
One of our favorite finds at Blóðberg are earrings that are made from bóluþang (bubble seaweed or fucus vesiculosus) that wash up on Iceland’s beaches. Typically these small greenish brown balls are found in remote regions of Iceland near the West Fjords. During our trip, the only other place that carried jewelry made from this rather unique ocean drift material were necklaces at Galleri Lundi in Stykkishólmur (Western Iceland).
Blóðberg Icelandic Designs also carries a fun line of handmade glacier soap made by Sapusmidjan that is created out of ice from Snæfellsjökull.
One word you must learn if you’re traveling to Iceland is “takk.” Takk (pronounced like tock and rhymes with clock) in Icelandic means thank you. A lovely range of right handed and left handed glasses that have takk written on them are one of the sweetest buys we spotted at Blóðberg Icelandic Designs.
Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect wooly blanket that will remind you of your trip to Iceland or you just want to step back in time by wandering around one of the oldest homes in Seyðisfjörður, Blóðberg Icelandic Designs is sure to deliver.
Blóðberg Icelandic Designs
Address: Bjólfsgata 4
710 Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
Hours: Tuesday Through Friday Noon to 6:00pm, Saturday Noon to 4:00pm
Phone: +354 822-5258