Christmas Day in Iceland is usually celebrated with a luncheon with the extended family. The traditional meal is hangikjöt (smoked lamb) with laufabraud (‘leaf bread’) and a sweet béchamel sauce.
Tonight is Christmas Eve. Christmas in Iceland officially begins when the bells of the Reykjavík Cathedral chime at 6 pm. By then families have gathered around the dinner table and afterwards they open presents and Christmas cards.
Today is the last day before Christmas, known as Þorláksmessa (‘The Mass of St. Þorlákur,’ Iceland’s patron saint). The day is celebrated by eating skata, putrefied (or fermented) skate, and buying the last Christmas presents.
Icelandic musician Björk posted a message on Facebook yesterday, which has received a lot of attention.
Saturday, December 17, Dr. Terry Gunnell, head of folkloristics at the University of Iceland, will give an illustrated presentation in English on the beliefs and traditions of Icelandic Christmas, past and present.
The main actors in Icelandic coming-of-age film Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, Baldur Einarsson and Blær Hinriksson, were both named Best Actor at the Marrakech International Film Festival on Saturday.
Icelandic writer Sjón’s novella Moonstone was recently listed among the year’s best books in Financial Times.
The US rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers will be giving a concert in Iceland for the first time on July 31 next year.
Next year, the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival will be held in Akureyri, North Iceland, in addition to Reykjavík.
In support of refugees, the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men has released a new video for their song ‘We Sink,’ which appeared on their 2015 album, Beneath the Skin.
All the Icelandic Christmas characters will be on display at Reykjavík Art Museum, both at the Hafnarhús and Kjarvalsstaðir locations, December 2-January 6.
Yesterday, on the first Sunday of Advent, the lights of the so-called Oslo Christmas tree were lit at Austurvöllur square in downtown Reykjavík.
In a TV interview on the news analysis program Kastljós last night, Icelandic musician Björk spoke of the world of virtual reality, which she has embraced.
The first artist announcement is in for Sónar Reykjavík electronic music festival, scheduled for February 16-18, 2017, at Harpa Concert Hall.
Writer Sigurður Pálsson was awarded the Jónas Hallgrímsson Prize on the Day of Icelandic Language yesterday.
If you have been to Iceland around Christmas time, you must have noticed the traditional leaf bread that accompanies every Christmas meal.
The November/December issue of Iceland Review is out, complete with in-depth articles and quality photos.
Story has it that a comment from US President Richard Nixon during his 1973 visit to Iceland saved historical houses in Reykjavík from demolition.