If you’ve ever been captivated by the land of fire and ice or know someone who can’t stop raving about Iceland’s wonders, you’re in for a treat. In this blog post, we’re going to unveil the 25 best Iceland gifts, souvenirs, and keepsakes that will transport you to the stunning landscapes, quirky traditions, and mythical tales of the island.
From lava stone necklaces to cozy Icelandic wool sweaters that will turn you into a walking Icelandic flag, we’ve scoured the corners of this magical island to bring you the most unforgettable and unique Icelandic gifts. Get ready to dive into a world of lava rock shot glasses, and volcanic ash-infused skincare.
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#1 A trip to Iceland
As almost always, I would like to begin this list of Iceland gifts with what I consider to be the best gift.
And that is a trip to Iceland, of course!
I know it’s a rather pricy gift, but trust me, it’s the best. So if you have a large budget, head over to Skyscanner and check out the best flights to Reykjavík now. And while you’re at it, you may as well book a hotel too.
Alternatively, you can book one of the amazing activities around Iceland on Viator, such as visits to waterfalls or thermal springs.
And lastly, if you are not sure when the recipient will travel to Iceland, you can also go for the Viator gift card (The Global Experiences Card). This allows the recipient to choose from the tens of thousands of tours on Viator.
For more gift card ideas, check out these 25 awesome gift cards for travelers.
#2 Icelandic sweater
This is one of the most iconic gifts from Iceland, the Icelandic sweater or also called the lopapeysa. A wool sweater with a typical Nordic pattern and made from wool from Icelandic sheep.
I have also included this sweater in the Nordic gift guide because this sweater is not only iconic for Iceland but for the entire Nordic region. So if you are looking for beautiful and warm Icelandic gifts, this is the gift you need.
#3 Icelandic skincare
Are you looking for Iceland gifts for women? Or for people who love trying new beauty products?
The products from famous Icelandic cosmetic brands are perfect.
Skyn is one of those popular Icelandic beauty brands and pretty much all products from Skyn will be great gifts from Iceland, such as this face wash, which you can buy on Amazon.
Another popular (but slightly more expensive) brand is Blue Lagoon.
#4 Icelandic gifts for her: lava jewelry
If you are looking for unique Iceland gift ideas for women, this necklace with a pendant that’s made from Icelandic lava is perfect.
#5 Vintage map of Iceland
I have mentioned this a couple of times before, but it’s the truth. Travelers have a thing for maps. And even more so if it’s a map of their favorite country, such as this vintage map of Iceland.
#6 Icelandic outdoor brands
It should come as no surprise that a country with nature as beautiful and wild as Iceland, is also home to amazing outdoor brands to facilitate an outdoor lifestyle.
So if you are looking for unique gifts from Iceland for outdoor and nature lovers, anything from 66 North is a great gift idea. For example this Hornstrandir rain jacket for men. But check out the website for more options and clothing for women too.
#7 Iceland-themed water bottle
There are more than 150 different Iceland-themed water bottles on Zazzle, which all make great Iceland gifts for eco-minded people. The recipient can reuse his or her unique stainless steel water bottle instead of buying plastic ones and greatly reduce their plastic footprint.
For people who love Icelandic horses, the water bottle with horses is perfect, but check out Zazzle if you need more options.
#8 Viking-themed gifts
Just as in many other Nordic and Scandinavian countries, the Vikings played a significant role in Iceland’s history.
So if you are looking for fun Iceland gifts for history and Viking fans, then anything related to the Vikings will work.
One example of a fun Viking-themed gift is this grooming kit for men.
Icelandic gifts for mid budgets
#9 Icelandic volcanic ash soap bars
Are you looking for unique Icelandic gifts?
Then these soap bars made from Icelandic volcanic ash are an awesome gift idea. The bars come in sets of two. You can either go for a set with volcanic ash and Icelandic Angelica herb or a set of Icelandic kelp and Icelandic moss.
#10 Icelandic cookbooks
North: The new Nordic cuisine of Iceland
Do you need Iceland gifts for someone who loves cooking and Icelandic food? Then a cookbook is always a good idea. For example this book with new Icelandic recipes from an Icelandic chef.
Homestyle Icelandic Cooking for American Kitchens
If recipes by an Icelandic chef sound a bit too complicated, this book with Icelandic recipes adjusted to the American kitchen may be a better gift idea.
Slippurinn: Recipes and stories from Iceland
This is one of the best Iceland gift ideas for people who love Icelandic food and the history and stories behind these foods.
#11 Moss candle
Are you looking for the perfect Iceland Christmas gifts for people who miss the island?
Look no further! This handmade candle with Icelandic moss is the ultimate choice. It’s like a piece of Iceland packaged in wax, with a touch of love.
#12 Iceland-themed mug
If you have a special someone in your life who absolutely adores Iceland, we’ve got the perfect gift that will have them grinning from ear to ear: a funny Iceland-themed mug!
Check out Etsy for all sorts of designs, or go for this one with “I don’t need therapy, I just need to go to Iceland.”
Every time they take a sip, they’ll be reminded of their Icelandic adventures and share a chuckle. So, why not gift them a daily dose of Icelandic wanderlust with this delightful mug? It’s guaranteed to make their day, every day!
#13 Books about Iceland
Independent People by Halldór Laxness
Did you know that books are the most popular Christmas gifts in Iceland? Yep, I learned that when I researched for the fun gifting facts post.
And since Icelanders love to read so much, it’s no surprise that you can find plenty of awesome Icelandic books, such as Independent People; a book written by the only Nobel prize winner from Iceland.
Moonstone: The boy who never was by Sjón
This is one of the most fascinating books about the life of a homosexual boy in Reykjavik back in 1918.
How Iceland Changed the World
This is one of the best Icelandic gifts for people who are interested in history and the influence of this tiny island on the rest of the world.
#14 Iceland-themed wall art
Are you looking for Icelandic gifts for someone’s home?
Then this vintage travel poster is an awesome gift idea. Though if you would like to have more options, check out all Iceland-themed wall art on Amazon.
#15 Reyka vodka
Do you need Iceland gifts for someone who loves alcohol? And more specifically, someone who loves vodka?
Then a traditional vodka from Iceland is perfect. Ryka vodka is one of the most popular Icelandic brands and makes a great gift for Iceland lovers.
#16 Iceland travel guides
The Rough Guide to Iceland
This recently updated version of The Rough Guide is one of the best gifts for someone going to Iceland soon and who loves adventurous style travel.
Lonely Planet Iceland
Do you need Icelandic gifts for backpackers and budget travelers? Then this 2022 edition of the backpacker’s bible (aka The Lonely Planet), is the perfect gift.
Iceland’s ring road
This guidebook by Lonely Planet is the perfect gift for someone going to Iceland for a road trip around the island.
#17 Icelandic moss tea
This is one of the best gifts from Iceland for tea lovers.
Tea bags with black tea and Iceland herbs, such as Icelandic moss, so they can taste a bit of Icelandic tea at home.
Icelandic gifts for small budgets
#18 Icelandic salt
If you are looking for unique gifts from Iceland anything from the Icelandic brand of Saltverk is perfect.
Saltverk is a sustainable sea salt harvester from Iceland. You can find a couple of different artisanal types of salts on their website, including this lava salt.
#19 Icelandic sweets
Do you need gifts from Iceland for someone with a sweet tooth?
Then you just found two awesome gifts.
The first one is a box of chocolate from the most famous Icelandic chocolate brand called Omnom. This is a great gift for chocolate lovers (obviously).
The second option is something very typically Icelandic. It’s a type of candy people either hate or love (and I definitely fall into that first category, unfortunately); licorice.
But the Icelanders decided to add a new dimension to licorice and cover their licorice in chocolate. So if you are looking for a unique Icelandic sweet, this is the one you should get.
#20 Icelandic-themed tote bag
If you are looking for small and cute Icelandic gifts, a tote bag is a great gift idea.
You can find nearly 600 different options on Zazzle. And if you don’t feel like browsing through them all, this bag with a typical Icelandic landscape is a beautiful bag for any Iceland lover.
#21 Coloring book for adults
This is one of the best Iceland gifts for people who could use some relaxation. Coloring books for adults have been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. And what’s a better way to clear your mind with a coloring book of your favorite country?
For more zen and relaxation gifts, check out the meditation gift guide.
#22 Iceland-themed socks
If you have followed this site for a longer time, you may have noticed that I love listing socks. I just think they are the perfect small and fun gifts for any type of recipient. And the fact that you can find them in literally any theme, makes them perfect for basically all of my lists. Including this list of Icelandic gifts.
Because come on, what’s cooler than gifting a pair of socks with the Skogafoss Waterfalls of Iceland?
#23 Iceland-themed jigsaw puzzle
This beautiful jigsaw puzzle of a sunset in Iceland is one of the best Icelandic-themed gifts for people who love jigsaw puzzles. And for people who miss Iceland and who need something to keep themselves busy at home.
#24 Iceland sheep wool soap
These felted wool Icelandic hand soap bars are the perfect gift for everyone who misses a bit of Iceland. Whether it’s for a local or a visitor, these bars offer a luxurious handwashing experience. Made with hand-milked Icelandic sheep milk and wrapped in felted wool roving, the creamy soap leaves their hands smooth and moisturized, while the wool gently exfoliates.
Each bar is custom embellished with needle felting, representing scents like Red Apple and Sweet Cardamom Chai. It’s like a mini-spa session with a touch of Icelandic magic and a great treat for your loved ones.
#25 Iceland travel journal
Do you need gifts for someone going to Iceland soon? Then a travel journal is a great gift.
And it’s even greater if that travel journal is specifically designed for people traveling to Iceland, such as this one on Amazon. Or head over to Etsy for a personalized journal for an Iceland trip.
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Final note on Iceland gifts
Alright, these were the 25 best Iceland-themed gifts. Do you need some more help picking a gift? Check out the editor’s top three by budget.