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Easter Opening Hours in Iceland

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    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    Lately I’ve been flooded with questions by Iceland bound travelers about Easter opening hours.

    A thing like Easter opening hours sure is important but it’s like some sort of panic mode sets in when my foreign friends realize that there’s a public holiday approaching. Because they don’t want to end up starving and alone come Easter Sunday.

    Well, we at Must See in Iceland don’t want that to happen so we’ve compiled a list of convenient stores that are open during Easter. And because we also love the odd party once in a while, we also dedicate a piece of this blog to clubs and restaurants. So, don’t worry! Just relax, come to Iceland, eat some Easter eggs and have a great time!

    Round-the-clock opening

    Not so long ago, everything was closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday in Iceland. And I mean EVERYTHING. I kind of liked that. It was a good excuse to just lay around the house, watch one braindead movie after the other and stuff your face with candy and Easter dinner leftovers. But then came the shops that were open round-the-clock and everything changed.

    So, today, you can shop for your basic groceries whenever – even during Easter. 10-11 is one of the shops that is open 24/7 and is one of the more pricier options when it comes to shopping for food and bare necessities. The 10-11 shops that are open round-the-clock during all of Easter are:

    In the Reykjavík area:

    • Glæsibær
    • Laugalækur
    • Austurstræti
    • Laugavegur
    • Miklabraut
    • Barónsstígur
    • Lágmúli
    • Melabraut
    • Grímsbær
    • Seljavegur
    • Hjarðarhagi
    • Bústaðavegur
    • Suðurfell
    • Vesturlandsvegur

    Outside of Reykjavík:

    • Staðarberg in Hafnarfjörður
    • Reykjavíkurvegur in Hafnarfjörður
    • Dalvegur in Kópavogur
    • Hagasmári in Kópavogur
    • Akureyri
    • Keflavík
    • Fitjar Keflavík
    Happy Easter!

    The 10-11 shops that have limited Easter opening hours are the following

    Fjörður shopping mall in Hafnarfjörður:

    Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: 08.00-24.00
    Easter Sunday: 09.00-24.00

    Hjallabrekka in Mosfellsbær & Borgartún in Reykjavík:

    All Easter: 08.00-01.00

    Akranes:

    Maundy Thursday: 07.30-23.30
    Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: 09.00-23.30

    Birkimelur in Reykjavík:

    Maundy Thursday: 07.30-23.30
    Good Friday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: 09.00-23.30
    Easter Sunday: CLOSED

    Bankastræti in Reykjavík:

    Maundy Thursday, Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: 07.30-24.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED

    Kleppsvegur & Laugavegur 180 in Reykjavík & Garðabær:

    Maundy Thursday: 07.30-19.30
    Good Friday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: 09.00-19.30
    Easter Sunday: CLOSED

    Some are closed during selected Easter days

    Convenient store chain Iceland, which people from the UK should be familiar with, is open round-the-clock all Easter. There are three Iceland shops in Iceland: At Engihjalli in Kópavogur and at Vesturberg and Arnarbakki in Reykjavík.

    Grocery store Bónus is often the cheapest option for food and their opening hours during Easter is somewhat limited. All Bónus shops have the following opening hours but their stores are located all over Iceland; in Reykjavík, Kópavogur, Garðabær, Hafnarfjörður, Mosfellsbær, Akureyri, Akranes, Borgarnes, Hveragerði, Selfoss, Reykjanesbær, Stykkishólmur, Ísafjörður, Egilsstaðir and Vestmannaeyjar.

    Maundy Thursday & Holy Saturday: 10.00-19.00
    Good Friday: CLOSED
    Easter Sunday: CLOSED
    Easter Monday: 12.00-18.00

    Another cheaper option is Krónan, which is located all over Iceland. Most of their stores have limited opening hours during Easter.

    Grandi in Reykjavík, Bíldshöfði in Reykjavík, Selfoss, Mosfellsbær & Fitjar in Reykjanesbær have the following opening hours:

    Maundy Thursday & Easter Monday: 09.00-20.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday: 09.00-21.00

    Flatahraun in Hafnarfjörður

    Maundy Thursday, Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: 09.00-21.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED

    Lindir in Kópavogur & Akranes

    Maundy Thursday & Easter Monday: 10.00-20.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday: 09.00-21.00

    Vallarkór in Kópavogur & Grafarholt

    Maundy Thursday & Easter Monday: 10.00-21.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday: 09.00-21.00

    Vestmannaeyjar

    Maundy Thursday & Easter Monday: 09.00-20.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday: 10.00-20.00

    Reyðarfjörður

    Maundy Thursday & Easter Monday: 11.00-18.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday: 10.00-18.00

    Hamraborg in Kópavogur & Hvaleyrarbraut in Hafnarfjörður

    Maundy Thursday: 10.00-21.00
    Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: 09.00-21.00

    Nóatún in Reykjavík

    OPEN 09.00-21.00 ALL EASTER

    Jafnasel & Árbær in Reykjavík

    Maundy Thursday: 11.00-21.00
    Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: 09.00-21.00

    Convenient store chain Hagkaup also has stores around the country, with opening hours varying from place to place.

    Skeifan, Garðabær, Eiðistorg & Spöng are all round-the-clock shops and their opening hours during Easter are:

    Maundy Thursday: Open until midnight
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: Closed until midnight
    Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: Open 24 hours

    Kringlan shopping mall in Reykjavík:

    Maundy Thursday: 13.00-18.00
    Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday: 10.00-18.00

    Smáralind shopping mall in Kópavogur:

    Maundy Thursday: 13.00-18.00
    Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday: 11.00-19.00

    Holtagarðar shopping mall in Reykjavík:

    Maundy Thursday: 12.00-19.00
    Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday: 12.00-19.00

    Akureyri:

    Maundy Thursday, Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: 08.00-24.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED

    Njarðvík, Borgarnes & Selfoss:

    Maundy Thursday & Easter Monday: 12.00-18.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday: 10.00-18.00

    You don’t have to starve or be lonely during Easter in Iceland.

    Opening hours in the country side

    Nettó operates various shops across the country and here are their Easter opening hours

    Mjódd shopping mall & Grandi in Reykjavík:

    Maundy Thursday: Open until midnight
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday: Open until midnight
    Easter Monday: Open 24/7

    Salavegur & Búðakór in Kópavogur, Miðvangur in Hafnarfjörður, Hrísalundur in Akureyri, Iðavellir in Reykjanesbær & Selfoss:

    Maundy Thursday: 10.00-21.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: 10.00-21.00

    Borgarnes, Egilsstaðir, Glerártorg in Akureyri, Grindavík, Húsavík & Höfn:

    Maundy Thursday: 10.00-19.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: 10.00-18.00

    Kjörbúðin is a chain of store that focuses on the country side, operating shops in Blönduós, Bolungarvík, Dalvík, Djúpivogur, Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Garður, Neskaupsstaður, Ólafsfjörður, Sandgerði, Seyðisfjörður, Siglufjörður, Skagaströng and Þórshöfn. These stores have the following opening hours during Easter.

    Maundy Thursday, Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: 12.00-18.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED

    Strax operates a few stores, offering basic selection of goods. They have these Easter opening hours during the upcoming holiday.

    Borgarnes:

    Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: Open 24/7

    Búðardalur:

    Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: 10.00-20.00

    Akureyri:

    Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: 10.00-23.00

    Flúðir & Mývatn:

    Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: 10.00-18.00

    Kópavogur & Suðurver in Reykjavík:

    Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: 10.00-22.00

    Laugarvatn:

    Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: 11.00-18.00

    Another store that is based in the country side is Sam-úrval, with various Easter opening hours.

    Grundarfjörður:

    Maundy Thursday, Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: 10.00-20.00
    Good Friday: CLOSED
    Easter Sunday: 12.00-18.00

    Ísafjörður:

    Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: 10.00-20.00
    Easter Sunday: 12.00-20.00

    Selfoss:

    Maundy Thursday: 09.00-23.30
    Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: 10.00-23.30

    Nothing says Easter like bananas! Or then again, maybe not!

    More shop openings

    Which leads us to one of our final destinations, shop wise – Krambúðin. Here are – you guessed it – the Easter opening hours.

    Skólavörðustígur & Hringbrautin Reykjavík:

    Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: Open 24/7

    Húsavík:

    Maundy Thursday, Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: 08.00-22.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: 10.00-18.00

    Akranes:

    Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: 09.00-23.30.

    Other notable stores

    Sunnubúðin in Reykjavík:

    Maundy Thursday, Holy Saturday & Easter Monday: 10.00-22.00
    Good Friday & Easter Sunday: CLOSED

    Hólmgarður in Reykjanesbær:

    Maundy Thursday: 12.00-19.00
    Good Friday: CLOSED
    Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: 10.00-22.00

    Seljakjör in Reykjavík:

    Maundy Thursday & Good Friday: 12.00-18.00
    Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday: 10.00-21.00

    You can party during Easter, with some restrictions.

    Boozy opening hours

    Enough about food. Let’s talk about booze! Can you party during Easter in Iceland? Oh, yes you can. Can you party round-the-clock? I’m afraid not, but you can hardly do that either on regular days. Unless you’re super dedicated!

    Lots of people go out during Easter so you don’t have to worry about being the lone wolf at the bar either.

    So, read carefully. On Maundy Thursday clubs and bars are open until midnight and closed all through Good Friday. Then they open at midnight again and can be open until 3 or 4.30 AM, depending on the license each place has. On Holy Saturday bars and clubs may have their doors open until 3 AM but on Easter Sunday everything has to be closed until midnight, with the same opening hours applying as on Good Friday. On Easter Monday bars and clubs can be open until 1 AM.

    Different rules for restaurants

    However, these rules and regulations do not apply to restaurants, so don’t worry about the whole starving to death thing. They can have their doors open as long as they want, but restrictions apply when it comes to serving alcohol. If you want to go to the theater or catch a movie you should know that such events can not start until after 3 PM on holy days. And if you’re longing to catch some tours you don’t have to worry either because most tour operators will welcome you with open arms all Easter. If you need some inspiration, here are some tours you might like:

    VOLCANO WONDERLAND REYKJANES PENINSULA

    GOLDEN CIRCLE AND LAVA TUBES

    SNOWMOBILING ON EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL

    ICE CLIMBING AND GLACIER HIKING DAY TOUR FROM REYKJAVÍK

    BLUE LAGOON AND REYKJAVÍK

    So, there you have it! Easter opening hours, ladies and gentlemen. We will update this post if we get some new, kick-ass information about opening hours, but until then – have fun in Iceland and happy Easter!

    Make sure to read our post about the best Icelandic chocolate Easter eggs. You have to try at least one!

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