Two post offices in Iceland will be closed and mail handling services in six countryside areas will be discontinued in the near future, according to a press release from Pósturinn, Iceland’s national postal service. It’s the latest announcement in a series of closures at the company in recent years. Pósturinn states that it aims to open more self-service Póstbox parcel lockers where customers can both receive packages.
Pósturinn will close the post offices at Mjódd shopping centre in Reykjavík and in Ólafsvík, West Iceland. Six additional mail-handling services operated in shops across the country will be closed. These are the services operated in Hveragerði, Bolungarvík, Súðavík, Grenivík, Laugar, and Reykjahlíð. Pósturinn will continue to operate other services in those areas, however, including parcel lockers, postal van services, letter carrier services, and land mail services in order to fulfill its legal obligations.
Pósturinn CEO Þórhildur Ólöf Helgadóttir states the company’s focus is on developing services in line with changing needs and demands of patrons. “Demand for post office services has decreased. As a result, it is logical to develop other types of solutions. Our most satisfied customers are those who use Póstbox parcel lockers, and in addition, it is now possible to post packages using Póstbox parcel lockers. Most parcel lockers are accessible 24/7 and are easy to use.”