Easter is mere weeks away, and the Icelandic police are prepared, by making statements to the press now regarding laws on what one may and may not do on Easter.
Fun, according to a statement police sent the media, in the form of dances or parties – whether hosted by businesses or a private affair held at a place of business – is not permitted on Good Friday or Easter. This includes the drawing of lotteries, bingo, or other forms of public gaming.
Art exhibitions, concerts, theatrical performances, and movies may be shown on these days, but not before 15:00.
At what times places open and close over Easter holiday in Iceland can be confusing. Fortunately, the police were also kind enough to supply permitted opening and closing hours for places where fun is had (e.g., bars and clubs):
Wednesday 20 April: Open until 3:00 or 5:30 according to the operating license.
Thursday 21 April: Open until midnight.
Friday 22 April – Good Friday: Everything is closed until midnight, where places may then remain open until 3:00 or 5:30 according to the operating license.
Saturday 23 April: Open until 3:00.
Sunday 24 April – Easter: See Good Friday.
Monday 25 April: Open until 1:00.
If you are in Iceland or planning to be here over Easter, you might want to keep this schedule of hours handy, and keep your bingo playing on the down-low.