The Kringlan Shopping Centre is located in Reykjavík’s new city centre, approximately four kilometres from the historic city area, and is a big part of life in Reykjavik. Situated nearby is the City Theatre, the State Broadcasting Service, the House of Commerce and the headquarters of a number of companies. Kringlan adjoins the intersection of two of the main roads in the city and is within a five to ten minutes drive for 80 percent of the capital area’s residents.
When Kringlan first opened its doors to the public in 1987, it represented an enormous achievement, as it was the first big shopping centre in Iceland. With 21,000 sq.m of gross leasable floor space and over 80 shops on two levels, Kringlan was an instant hit with Icelanders. The Shopping centre has become so popular that the word Kringlan is now synonymous with shopping centre in the Icelandic language.
To label Kringlan as just a shopping centre would be an injustice. Under one roof is a winter city full of shops, services and amenities to satisfy and entertain the entire family. Thanks to the renovation of Kringlan, visitors can easily move from activity to activity in an environment protected from the elements – an important fact for a country that borders the Arctic Circle.
The customers have different needs. To meet the demands of its varied clientele Kringlan has it’s own place for children, “Land of Adventure”. Face painting, dancing, clowns, games and puppet shows are just some of the exciting activities taking place at Kringlan. In addition, children’s plays are performed at the City Theatre during the winter. For the rest of the family, art and photo exhibitions are regularly featured events and musicians and actors frequently entertain shoppers. All this, and more, make Kringlan an ideal shopping environment for the whole family.
It’s easy to get there
Kringlan is conveniently located in Reykjavík, within walking distance or an easy drive from anywhere in the city. Kringlan´s Shuttle Bus is a FREE ride to Kringlan departing from the Tourist Information Centre, Aðalstræti 2 at 11 AM and 2 PM. Return trip from Kringlan at 1.30 PM (June-August). Buses and taxis are also easily accessible to get there.
Shops, restaurants and services
Inside Kringlan there is just about anything visitors require, around 150 shops, restaurants and services in a 36.000 sq.m. gross leasable area. There are sophisticated fashion shops selling the latest designs, hip boutiques, international brand name shops, jewellery shops, music stores, liquor store, food stores, book shops, crystal ware and souvenir shops and an art gallery. And there’s more; a food court containing everything from fast-food chains and an internet café to brasserie dining. Entertainment and cultural tastes are catered for thanks to Kringlan’s modern, multi-screen cinema and the City Theatre, which is only a short covered walk from the cinema. Also located in Kringlan are banks, offering foreign currency exchange, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies. At our service desk, which is located on first floor, you can claim your tax-free cash refund, get all the information you need and brochures. You can also borrow wheel chairs and baby strollers, free of charge, and buy bus tickets and stamps.