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What are the opening hours for stores and businesses in Iceland during Christmas?

By Sara McMahon

  • Christmas is an important family holiday in Iceland, and during this time many businesses in the service sector close down. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Q: What are the opening hours for stores and businesses in Iceland during Christmas?

A: Christmas is an important family holiday in Iceland, and during this time many businesses in the service sector close down. Most shops, restaurants, bars, museums, and other attractions are closed on Christmas Day (December 25), Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year‘s Day (January 1). Public transport operates on Boxing Day but with a restricted schedule. Buses do not run on Christmas Day or New Year‘s Day.

On Christmas Eve, most businesses close early, as this is the day Icelanders enjoy their Christmas dinners and open gifts. This is also the case on New Year‘s Eve. 

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