Walking further along the Old Harbour Area, past the Icelandair Marina hotel and the ship yard and along the waterfront to the Maritime Museum, you will have reached the Grandi District. This area is a wonderful example of how tourism is taking over the fishing industry. A host of art galleries and designers‘ workshops are located in disused fishermen‘s baiting sheds or store rooms. Fish processing plants still exist in the area and Grandi is still the hub for fishermen and their catch. Grandagarður consists of a long row of baiting sheds that have been revitalized by artists and designers, bringing art and food to the area.
Food speciality stores such as Búrið, the cheese specialist or Valdís, the ice-cream connoisseur have their place next to Krinolín, a design store where animal and fish skin, as well as wool and other natural materials, are used to create high fashion items. If you can’t get to see the northern lights on your tour, don’t despair, Aurora Reykjavik at the roundabout on Grandagarður is the perfect substitute to see this celestial spectacle. Moving onto the next street, Fiskislóð, Whales of Iceland has an informative display of life-size whales. Cheaper grocery stores Bónus, Nettó and Krónan are also located on this street. The Grandi District is definitely a place to take your time, relax and shop. Or just sit in the sun at one of the coffee shops and watch the activity in the harbour.