When Álafoss was established in 1896, it marked the true beginning of Iceland's wool industry. Today, the original factory building houses the Álafoss wool store, in the Álafosskvos in Mosfellsbær. Behind the store, you will find the beautiful Álafoss waterfall and the Varmá river, that both were used to drive the mills of the old factory.
History still resides within the walls of the old wool factory, now the Álafoss wool store, where you can explore the history of this important Icelandic industry and find a selection of old knitting machinery and photographs from the early days.
Álafoss wool store offers a great selection of authentic Icelandic wool sweaters that are hand knitted in Iceland with Icelandic wool and to ensure authenticity, all wool sweaters are marked with the knitters’ name. In addition, you can find other wool apparel and accessories, the well-known Álafoss wool blankets, Icelandic art, design and souvenirs at a fair price.
The main store in Mosfellsbær is located only 15 minutes away from Reykjavík, on the way to Þingvellir national park and the Golden Circle. You can also find Álafoss in the city center on the main shopping street, Laugavegur. It is small store with a great selection of Icelandic wool sweaters, blankets and souvenir items.
Álafoss wool store has earned a well-deserved reputation for its hospitality, a very special laid-back atmosphere and flexible service. It has received the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award and some visitors have even described it as a ‘Knitting Paradise’, as the main store offers a great variety of Icelandic knitting yarn. Álafoss lopi, léttlopi, plötulopi unspun yarn, einband, bulky lopi and felting wool, along with knitting kits, pattern books and other knitting supplies you need to complete your knitting projects. In addition to the Icelandic yarn, there is a wide selection of imported fine yarn such as silk, mohair, alpaca and angora yarn. Both stores offer Tax-Free shopping for tourists.
Stop by, discover the history and shop in a cozy environment away from the mid-city bustle. Located near by, Palli the knife maker, designs and makes his knives right next to the Álafoss wool store. Also be sure to visit Ásgarður, a workshop where disabled people make some extraordinary toys, furniture and other woodcrafts.
The best way to get to Álafoss from Reykjavik is to take road 1 to Mosfellsbær. Directions and information about public transportation are available here.
Complete your journey to Iceland with a trip to the Álafoss wool store and be sure to take the warmth of Iceland with you!