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News 2014 - December

Spoon Licker

Spoon Licker Arrives in Town

Spoon Licker (Þvörusleikir in Icelandic), the forth of the Yule Lads, arrives in town today. He is notorious for stealing Þvörur (a type of a wooden spoon with a long handle) to lick.

Skyr Gobbler

First Yule Lads Arrive

The Yule Lads, the Icelandic version of Santa Claus, one of the differences being that there are 13 of them, have started coming down from the mountains one by one to treat well-behaved children to presents.

Icelandic flag

Embassy Staff Twist Tongues

The American Embassy in Iceland has released a video of some of its staff trying out a few select Icelandic phrases and tongue twisters.

Oslo Christmas Tree, Austurvöllur.

Christmas Tree Forest Opens Today

The Reykjavík Forestry Organization has announced that this year’s “Christmas Forest” is going to be Hólmsheiði and it opens to the public at 12.00 today (Saturday).

Candle Beggar

Find out About Icelandic Christmas Today

Today at 12.00 Dr. Terry Gunnell, professor of Folklore at the University of Iceland, will give an illustrated presentation in English on the beliefs and traditions surrounding Icelandic Christmas, past and present.

TF-LIF Icelandic Coastguard Helicopter

Emergency Coastguard Helicopter Takes Three Hours

A crewmember on board the freezing trawler Örfirisey RE suffered a heart attack on 5th December and it took a coastguard helicopter some three hours to come and get him, because the helicopter had been on a mission for the civil protection agency at the Bárðarbunga volcano site.

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