In a recent press release from the postal service, post offices in Grindavík, Skagaströnd, and Kópasker are all set to close by January 2023.
The postal service notes that there will be no layoffs, and that they will instead place emphasis on other services.
In the press release, it is noted that mail delivery has seen a 74% decrease since 2010, while parcel delivery has simultaneously risen significantly. The reorganization of postal services in these rural areas is supposed to still provide service, while cutting the costs of maintaining staffed post offices.
Letters can still be posted by placing them in public postboxes, and stamps will be available for purchase through local retailers and also online. There are currently 52 postboxes throughout Iceland, which can be used to both send and receive mail. More locations are forthcoming. Postboxes will be open 24/7.
It will also be possible to send parcels through public postboxes and the post truck as well. Parcels will be delivered daily on working days in urban areas and bi-weekly in rural areas.
Despite guarantees that rural communities will still be serviced under the new plan, some local councils oppose the changes.