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Coordinates64°07′50″N 21°53′37″W / 64.13056°N 21.89361°W / 64.13056; -21.89361Coordinates: 64°07′50″N 21°53′37″W / 64.13056°N 21.89361°W / 64.13056; -21.89361
Opening date13 August 1987[1]
No. of stores and services180+
Total retail floor area52,000 square metres (560,000 sq ft)
No. of floors3

Kringlan is a shopping mall located in the Icelandic capital region.[2] It is the second largest in the country, after Smáralind in Kópavogur, with over 180 shops and restaurants.[3] It was constructed in 1987, and includes a Hagkaup supermarket, a library, a theatre, a cinema, as well as a selection of well-known restaurants and retailers. It has seen multiple waves of expansion since its construction and is occasionally claimed to have reduced footfall along the central shopping street Laugavegur and the surrounding area.

Kringlan lies on the busiest traffic intersection in Reykjavík. Icelandic state television RÚV’s headquarters are also nearby. Reykjavík City Theatre lies adjacent to the shopping centre.[4]

Kringlan has some department stores which are Toys R Us, H&M, Hagkaup, Next and Bónus

It was featured in the film Dreamland (2010).[5]


The name is derived from the Kringla marsh or Kringlumýri. A literal translation into English could either be 'circle' or 'pretzel', though the mall is neither circular nor has it anything to do with pretzels.

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  1. ^ "Morgunverður í Kringlunni" [Breakfast in Kringlan]. Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic) (181/1987). 14 August 1987. p. 45.
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  3. ^ Kringlan. "All Shops & Services - Kringlan-EN". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  4. ^ Kringlan. "Reykjavík City Theatre - Kringlan-EN". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  5. ^ Conolly, Jez and Caroline Whelan. World Film Locations: Reykjavik. Intellect Books. Page 86. ISBN 9781841506418.

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