On McDonald’s last operational day in Iceland, Hjortur Smarason bought the meal as a souvenir as he saw it as a piece of history.
McDonald’s last meal (a burger and French fries) sold in Iceland on October 31, 2009 is now a historic museum piece. Left to rot in Iceland’s National Museum for a year, the ‘fresh’ mold-free meal is now on display at the Bus Hostel in Reykjavik, where awe-struck people watch its extremely slow decomposition.
After the economic collapse, McDonalds failed to keep customers coming back in Iceland, and the company was forced to close their doors in the country. The final day that McDonalds was open in Iceland was October 31, 2009, and on that day a man named Hjortur Smarason purchased a meal as a souvenir. Smarason had no intention on actually eating it but wanted to hang onto it out of curiosity, and because he saw it as a piece of history.
At its new home at the Bus Hostel in Reykjavik, the burger and fries sit on display in front of a webcam, where people all over the world can watch its extremely slow decomposition.