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I got two emails today asking for bits of advice:

Hi Maria,

you seem to have a child about the same age as mine (My daughter Liselotte is almost 2 years old). If yes, you might know some good spots to buy 2nd hand clothing for children in Reykjavik. I have spent all my money on getting to Iceland for our honeymoon end of october, so I will not be able to spend another fortune on souvenirs...

When I lived in Norway, I bought a lot at the Salvation Army shops. You mentioned the Salvation Army in your blog. Do they also sell childrens' clothing? Are there better places to go?

Are there any reasonable (icelandic/weather gear)clothing shops for

In case you come to Berlin, I can supply you with some adresses here...

All the best from Berlin (Germany),


Well, Uta, there are a few second hand stores on Laugavegur, with the Red Cross being the least expensive by far. The other stores might have a few pieces for kids here and there, but are much more (fashionably) pricey. The Salvation Army shop that I mention in this post is also great place to find bargains, though it's a bit harder to locate (follow the directions on the linked post above.)

The second request is more complicated:

Hi Maria,

My husband and I made the trip from Manitoba, Canada to Iceland a couple years ago. During our trip, we could not let even one wonderful day go by without our daily dose of skyr. On our return home, we managed to source some local skyr from a grocery in Alborg, Manitoba. But now, my husband wants to make his own. We have attempted two batches, both dismal failures.

Our information on how to make skyr is only from online sources; the amount of conflicting information is astounding. Would you know of a
tried-and-true recipe that you could pass on to us? Thanks,


Anyone in the know?


Shannon said...

Try here:

I have tried one or two of her recipes and they seem to be very good. Good luck! I would love to hear the results.

Love your blog, by the way!!!

Anonymous said...


Please try this link:

Good luck

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I forgot to mention that home made skyr is not the same as the one in Iceland because of different lactobacilli!
If you nevertheless want to try it by yourself, this link can be worth a try:

Professor Batty said...

... what a great picture! It brings back all those naps the kids used to take when they were little...

Anonymous said...

Get some buttermilk. Leave it (unopened) on the counter for 3 days. Pour it into a sieve lined with cheesecloth for several hours drain off the water. There ya go!

Whip in some superfine sugar to taste, if desired.

I don't if it's identical to Icelandic skyr. A guy in Gimli who sells his homemade skyr told my mom what to do. It sounds bizarre but it works.

We usually use 3L of buttermilk in order to get enough skyr.

Ivo Serenthà said...

Greetings from Italy, good luck

nice your child and your beautiful island


Anonymous said...

How gorgeous is that photo! Like mother, like daughter.

I can attest to that Salvation Army shop - it's really not that hard to find, and certainly worth a visit. Plenty of lovely cats on that corner, too :-)

Anonymous said...

Whoops, that's your son, right? My mistake - he is so beautiful.

Terry Dowdy said...

Cute picture!

Anonymous said...

This picture is really cute.