Perhaps unsurprisingly for a country whose greatest cultural legacy to date is the 13th century Viking Saga, the literary and storytelling tradition in Iceland is incredibly strong. One thing that most Icelanders could do, even in the 19th century, is to read. Illiteracy is unheard of and books are revered in Iceland. The abundance of bookshops across the country is proud a testament to the literary tradition, and Penninn Eymundsson remains one of the nation´s most popular bookstores.
Penninn Eymundsson is indisputably the biggest bookstore in Iceland, as well as the oldest. With a store in every major town, and over 200 staff nationwide, it epitomises everything that good bookstore should be. It offers a wide selection of books and magazines in Icelandic, English and in a range of other languages.
The stores strive to create a comfortable atmosphere with experienced staff on hand. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift or souvenir, a travel product, games and chess sets, music or maybe even an art product, Penninn Eymundsson is the place to go and browse. At the website, you can find a comprehensive selection of Icelandic literature, both in the original Icelandic and in translation. Potential purchases range from the great literary works of the past to contemporary fiction, poetry and children’s books. Penninn also offers a large selection of non-fiction, including art, photography, travel books, while the CD/ DVD section offers the best of Icelandic music and film.
As tradition dictates, the Akureyri store has a café and it’s a popular pastime among locals to grab a magazine or book, order a coffee and relax, and read.
Monday – Friday: 9 – 22
Saturday – Sunday: 10 – 22