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No More Post Office on Post Office Street

The post office in downtown Reykjavík, which has been in operation in the same building on Pósthússtræti [Post Office Street] for more than a century, closed its doors for good on Thursday, RÚV reports.

There has been a post office on on the corner of Austurstræti and Pósthússtræti since 1916, but there’s been a post office on the latter street since all the way back to 1872, when it was located in the building that has long housed Hotel Borg. The storied post office building is in the ownership of a rental company and in addition to the rent on the property being quite high, access to the post office, which was located on the second floor, was not ideal for all customers.

At the same time that the downtown location closed, so did the branch at the Eiðistorg shopping mall in Seltjarnarnes, west of downtown Reykjavík. In place of these two branches, the post office is opening a hub on Hagatorg, just across from the University of Iceland.

Although the Icelandic postal service anticipates that service will be better at the new Hagatorg location, there has been something of an outpouring of reminiscences from people who are already regretting the loss of this downtown institution.

One of these people is Guðfríður Lilja Grétarsdóttir, who now lives in France but came down to the post office today to mail a package to a friend in Belgium. “I heard on the radio news at noon that the post office would be closing so I ran as fast as I could so that I would be here at this historic moment, at a definite moment of nostalgia and regret in this beautiful building.”

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