Published January 26, 2015
The last cheeseburger sold in Iceland in 2009 remains unchanged after 6 years, reports MBL.is. The only notable difference seems to be that the meat patty is a slightly lighter colour than before.
A year after the economic meltdown in Iceland, McDonald’s announced it would be closing up shop and on the last day it was open Icelander Hjörtur Smárason bought the last McDonald’s cheeseburger in the country.
Deciding he would preserve it, Hjörtur kept the burger and fries in a plastic bag for 3 years during which time it remained untouched by time or decay.
“I had heard something about McDonald’s never decaying so I just wanted to find out for myself whether this was true or not,” explains Hjörtur who initially donated the hamburger to the National Museum of Iceland after realising nothing had happened to the burger in the first 3 years it was in his possession.
Recently the museum returned the burger after a Danish specialist informed them that they could no longer preserve it.
“I think he was wrong because this hamburger preserves itself,” said Hjörtur. According to hostel staff, some of the fries have been eaten by guests while it’s been on display there.
The staff at the National Museum considered throwing the burger out but Hjörtur, who considers the item to be of great historical value, has secured its place at the Reykjavík Bus Hostel in Skógarhlíð where it remains on display and seemingly uncorrupted by nature on the Hostel Bar.
You can watch the burger rot in real time via the Bust Hostels Burger Live Feed.
Our cover from when Mickey D’s left Iceland back in the day. It’s as old as this burger. Maybe slightly younger.
In a previous version of this article we stipulated that museum guests had eaten some of the fries while on exhibition. But in fact the fries were pilfered by hostel guests where the burger and fries are on display right now. This has now been corrected in the text.