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.
News 2014 - December
In response to the U.S. Senate’s release of an excerpt of a report of the CIA’s interrogation methods last week, the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs issued a statement, saying access to the full report has been requested.
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.
School has been canceled in parts of East Iceland, including in Eskifjörður, Seyðisfjörður and Neskaupstaður due to bad weather and difficult driving conditions.
For the first time ever the Icelandic Opera will stage an Icelandic opera at Christmas. This is also the first time an opera is staged at Harpa Concert House at Christmas.
The American Embassy in Iceland has released a video of some of its staff trying out a few select Icelandic phrases and tongue twisters.
Dohop.com this week won a World Travel Award in the category of World’s Leading Flight Comparison Website. Dohop is a global brand, but is headquartered in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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).
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.