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Famous “Center of Iceland” Pit Stop Relocated

Roadside restaurant Stadarskáli in the Hrútafjördur region, north Iceland, a famous pit stop on the Ring Road, sometimes referred to as the “Center of Iceland,” will close down today and reopen in a new location on Thursday.

Stadarskáli has served food to commuters between Akureyri and Reykjavík since 1960 and for 31 years before that, fuel was sold at the pit stop, Fréttabladid reports.

“I don’t expect there to be any major changes in the menu. Serving three kinds of home-cooked meals has been successful, the customers like it,” said Stadarskáli chef Sveinn Fridfinnsson.

Fridfinnsson has worked in Stadarskáli for 12 years. “I sleep in the basement, alone in the house. Or not completely alone. There are good spirits with me; some people would call them ghosts. But I’m afraid I won’t be able to convince them to move into the new building.”

The new Stadarskáli will be located on the western side of Hrútafjördur fjord, by the new Ring Road, instead of on the eastern side. It will merge its operations with Brú, another roadside restaurant which has also been relocated with the Ring Road.

Click here to read more about that story, here to read a Daily Life about Icelandic roadside restaurants, “the skáli phenomenon,” and here to watch an audio slideshow of a roadtrip in Iceland.

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