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Grettisgata street is always teeming with life

By Sara McMahon

  • Signý Kolbeinsdóttir is the head designer and illustrator for Tulipop. She lives in downtown Reykjavík with her family. Photo/Baldur Kristjánssson

Signý Kolbeinsdóttir is the head designer and illustrator at Tulipop, a design company that creates beautiful products for children. Signý lives with her family in Grettisgata street, down-town Reykjavík. One of her favourite spots in the neighbourhood is the old Sundhöll swimming pool, where one can gaze at the stars while unwinding in the hot tub.


Tulipop was founded by Signý and her friend Helga Árnadóttir in 2010. The magical world of Tulipop features the mushroom siblings Bubble and Gloomy, as well as other interesting and fun characters such as Mr. Tree and Fred.  The product range consists of cutlery and dinner sets, lamps, notebooks, key rings, pencil cases, and more. 

Spouse: “Heimir Snorrason, psychologist.”

Children and/or other family members: “Two kids, Snorri (almost 10), and Svava (5), and the dog Tirra.”

Where do you live? “In Grettisgata, down-town Reykjavík.”

How long have you lived in the neighbourhood?  “We just moved here two months ago. Before that we lived in a small street called Bjarnarstígur, not too far from our current location.”

What‘s the best thing about your neighbourhood, why did you choose to live there? “The best thing about my neighbourhood is the diversity of it, how central it is. It’s always teeming with life. Everything we need is less than a ten-minute walk away. Reykjavík’s main shopping street, Laugavegur, is just around the corner and so is the local swimming pool, countless restaurants, coffee shops, an ice cream parlour, supermarkets, and art galleries—not to mention our children’s schools, playgrounds, and all the lovely green spaces.”

Mention four places that are a must-see or do in your neighbourhood and why?
1)“Sundhöllin swimming pool is a beautiful old indoor swimming pool with outdoor hot tubs. It was designed by the great architect Guðjón Samúelsson and is one of the most beautiful buildings in Reykjavík. I highly recommend a visit to the hot tubs during winter. Sit outside in the warm water and enjoy some stargazing, and if you are lucky, the Northern Lights.”
2) “Lucky Records is the coolest record store in town. Has old and new vinyl records on sale as well as CDs.”
3) “Njálsgöturóló is a playground on the street called Njálsgata. It’s the biggest and oldest playground in downtown Reykjavík and located in my backyard.”
4) “Klambratún park offers a variety of activities for families and is the ideal place for a picnic. The Kjarvalsstaðir Museum is located within the park grounds. There you can enjoy art exhibitions and have a good cup of coffee.”

Sundhöllin swimming pool. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson


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