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Iceland preserves McDonald’s burger and fries after stores shut a decade ago

A decade after McDonald’s shut down its stores in Iceland, thousands of online users followed the live slow decay of the last order. The burger with a side of fries protected in a glass case.

The American chain closed its only three branches in Iceland during the subarctic island’s financial crisis in 2009, making it one of the only Western countries without a McDonald’s joint.

On October 31 of that year, just before the restaurant’s closure, Hjortur Smarason .




Smarason, who works as a communications manager for a company specialising in space tourism bought a menu for conservation on October 31 of that year, just before the restaurant’s closure.

“I decided to buy a last meal for its historical value since McDonald’s were closing down. I had heard that McDonald’s never decomposed so I just wanted to see if it was true or not,” Smarason said.

He first kept the meal in his garage but then lent it to the National Museum of Iceland, after which it was moved to a hotel in the capital Reykjavik for a while.



Now the burger is on display like a work of art inside a glass case at Snotra House, a hostel in Thykkvibaer in southern Iceland.

“People from around the world… come here just to visit the burger,” Sigurdur Gylfason, the owner of the establishment said.

Since the food was kept in an atmosphere without moisture, the food just dried out, no mould or bacteria could decompose the burger.


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