Reykjavík Restaurants Offer Free Kids’ Meals During Gathering Ban

Gleiðipinnar, a capital-area restaurant corporation, is offering free children’s meals for customers ordering take-away from several of its restaurants, reports.

Customers will receive one free kid’s meal for each regular main ordered at Hamburger Factory, Pita, Blackbox, American Style, or Shake & Pizza. The offer is valid every day, any time during opening hours while the gathering ban remains in place.

Gleiðipinnar has teamed up with taxi company Hreyfill to facilitate home delivery, which is free for orders of ISK 9,900 [$72; €61] or more. Orders that don’t meet the minimum will be delivered for a fee of ISK 1,500 [$11; €9]. Customers can also place their orders online at

“It’s important now that we, as a nation, cultivate positivity and look on the bright side,” remarked Gleiðipinnar spokesperson Jóhannes Ásbjörnsson. “This is going to end, and although this blasted virus is tiresome, we’re not going to let it get us down. Icelanders never give up.”

Opening hours at restaurants offering the free kid’s meal deal are as follows:

American Style: 11:30am – 9:00pm, m-f; 5:00pm – 9:00pm, sat-sun / 517 1818

Black Box: 11:30am – 2:00pm and 5:00pm – 8:30pm, m-f; 5:00pm – 8:30pm, sat-sun / 546 0321

Hamborgarafabrikkan / The Hamburger Factory (Höfðatorg): 11:30am – 8:30pm, m-f; 5:00pm – 8:30pm, sat-sun / 575 7575

Hamborgarafabrikkan / The Hamburger Factory (Kringlan Mall): 11:30am – 8:00pm, m-f; 5:00pm – 8:00pm, sat-sun / 575 7575

Pítan: 11:30am – 9:00pm, m-f; 5:00pm – 9:00pm, sat-sun / 562 9090

Shake & Pizza (Keiluhöllinn Bowling Alley at Egillshöll): 5:00pm – 9:00pm, daily / 517 1819

How Do I Dress My Toddler for the Icelandic Winter?

Toddlers in Iceland in Winter

Winter in Iceland began on October 26. While the Icelandic winter is relatively mild, owing to the Gulf Stream, freezing temperatures are not uncommon. This Friday in Reykjavík, for example, the Icelandic Met Office predicts that temperatures will dip well below zero degrees Celsius. On such days, layers of warm clothing are imperative.

In Iceland, dressing a toddler for the winter typically involves layers:

1. A merino wool onesie with merino wool pants.
2. A long-sleeved shirt and pants.
3. A warm ski jacket or snowsuit.

This wintry ensemble is then complemented with wool socks (preferably 70% or higher) and sturdy shoes that offer plenty of traction; mittens and a scarf; and a warm woollen cap. You will, perhaps, notice that wool is essential. For good reason. As noted on the website Iceland with Kids, wool is warm, breathable, stays warm when wet, and doesn’t absorb odours.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the streets in Reykjavík can be quite slippery. In late November, over two dozen residents visited the emergency room on account of icy conditions. Crampons may not be a bad idea for young children. If you plan on hiking in the countryside we recommend visiting for updates on road conditions, weather warnings, and more.

There are plenty of warm winter clothes and accessories available in the city: 66 Norður and Ellingsen, for example.