Skírdagur (Maundy Thursday) marks the start of the long Easter weekend holiday here in Iceland – a time of year when lots of people head north for a few days to enjoy the last of the snow and indulge in some winter sports. Other popular activities include visiting the countryside, organising or attending a confirmation (there’s always at least one relative coming of age) or heading up to Ísafjörður in the Westfjords for Aldrei Fór Ég Suður (Never Did I Go South Rock Festival). We plan on doing the latter.
Those celebrating Easter in Reykjavík might not be surprised to find that a number of the city’s shops and services will be closed or with limited opening hours. There are, however, a few places staying open including a couple of the main swimming pools and the fabulous Settlement Exhibition. The ubiquitous Puffin souvenir shops will be open, as will the 10-11 convenience stores.
If you’re stuck for something to do (and eat) you might like to treat yourself to a tasty excursion and book a place on the Delicious Golden Circle tour, where you’ll get to visit the main attractions of South Central Iceland while indulging in some Icelandic cuisine. You might also like to try your luck with a northern lights tour: given the forecast, which is currently predicting clear skies and activity levels of up to 3 for the next few days, there’s a good chance you’ll go home with another check on your bucket list.