Tagged "Yuletide Lads"

Elf bonfire in Vesterbaer

Elf Bonfires on the Twelfth Night in Reykjavik

The Twelfth Night or Threttándinn, marks the official end of Christmas in Iceland and is celebrated with elf bonfires and fireworks!


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THE FIREWORKS CONTINUE IN REYKJAVIK!

After seeing in the New Year with a bang, Reykjavik continues to celebrate light with bonfires and more fireworks tonight.


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ST THORLAKUR’S DAY IN ICELAND

Anyone wandering the streets of Reykjavik today may have been intrigued by the smell wafting out through restaurant windows – to most, a rather unpleasant smell!


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AN OLDEN DAYS ICELANDIC CHRISTMAS

At the Icelandic Open-Air Folk Museum in Reykjavik yesterday, children rode a horse and cart, played with old-fashioned toys, made Christmas decorations and danced around the Christmas tree.


Christmas decorations at Pipar og Salt.

TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN REYKJAVIK

It’s a lovely time of year to wander around downtown Reykjavik soaking up the festive atmosphere. Shops are open until 10pm from today.


The Christmas cards on display at the Icelandic National Museum date back to the late 1800s.

CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

The National Museum of Iceland’s Christmas exhibition includes objects concerning the 13 Yuletide Lads.


Leif Eriksson steps out onto the Christmas tree in front of Reykjavik's Hallgrímskirkja church, dazzled by the Christmassy reflection of today's afternoon sun.

WHAT DO ST LUCIA, THE REYKJAVIK WIND QUINTET AND GULLY GAWK HAVE IN COMMON?

There’s a lot on in Reykjavik today, from the arrival of Yuletide Lad Gully Gawk, to a St Lucia procession, to a performance by the renowned Reykjavik Wind Quintet.


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THE FIRST YULETIDE LAD ARRIVES IN TOWN!

The first of the thirteen long-awaited Yuletide Lads (Jólasveinar) made his way down from the mountains sometime last night, leaving a little present in the shoes of Icelandic children.


I spotted this Yuletide Lad pacing outside the bookshop/cafe on Skólavördustígur Street, with Hallgrímskirkja church visible to the right..

CHRISTMAS CREATURES SPOTTED IN REYKJAVIK

In just one week, Iceland’s Yuletide lads will start coming down from the mountains to cause mischief in all Icelandic homes. I’ll keep you posted as each arrives, but if you’re visiting Reykjavik before then you can see some of these Christmas creatures in various places around town – and if you note the location […]