Did Reykjavík Mayor Jón Gnarr convince you to come to Iceland for Easter? If you recall, in his New Years Address he said:
“…I would like to extend Reykjavík’s tourist season. Now, most of our tourists come in the summer and around New Year’s Eve. I would like to see more tourists in horrible months, like October and November. A lot of tourists spend Christmas and New Years Eve in Reykjavík. That is good.
But I would like to see more tourists here during Easter. Icelanders celebrate Easter by eating giant eggs made from light milk chocolate. The eggs are filled with candy. I once read how this is relevant to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but have since forgotten. Anyway, it isn’t important, because these eggs are very tasty! And each egg comes with an Icelandic proverb. If I were a foreigner, I would spend my Easter in Reykjavík and buy a lot of Easter eggs.
While I hope I am not jumping the gun, I wish to use this opportunity to wish all the readers of Grapevine a happy Easter in Reykjavík.”
If his appeal worked and you are here, that’s great. But what he didn’t tell you is that a lot of things shut down for the long weekend. In fact, most Icelanders are off from Thursday through Monday.
So here is Visit Reykjavík’s helpful list of resources with opening hours at supermarkets, museums and galleries, tours, and more:
Okay, Happy Easter!