Icelanders’ tradition of setting off huge amounts of fireworks on New Year’s Eve has been the subject of debate this year due to its environmental impact.
The Icelandic tradition of setting off fireworks on New Year's Eve lights up the skies and raises money for search and rescue operations, but it has obvious downsides for the environment.
Icelanders who support the People’s Party and Center Party are most likely to opt for an artificial Christmas tree this year, while Reform Party supporters are most likely to set up real trees.
An old house inside Laugarvatnshellir cave in Southwest Iceland has been reconstructed and will be open to tourists this summer.
Our photographer Páll Stefánsson went downtown and brought back a series of photos of children dressed up for Ash Wednesday.
Carnival is celebrated in many countries at this time of year. In Iceland, the carnival season is limited to three days.
Traditional Icelandic saltkjöt og baunir, salted meat and split pea soup, is eaten in Iceland today to celebrate sprengidagur (‘Bursting Day’).
“Bolla, bolla, bolla,” is the wakeup call for parents on the morning of Bolludagur ('Bun Day' or 'Cream Puff Day'), followed by encouraging spanks.
January 6 is known as Þrettándinn or ‘the Thirteenth’ in Iceland. According to the Icelandic calendar, it marks the 13th and last day of Christmas—the first being Christmas Day—and also the day when the last of the 13 Yule Lad brothers, who come down from the mountains 13 days before Christmas,...
There will be bonfires at three locations in the capital area on Friday, January 6, the thirteenth and last day of Christmas.
Today is Annar í jólum, or the ‘Second Day of Christmas.’ in Iceland After eating to excess on December 24 and 25, many families have leftovers for lunch, enjoy their gifts and relax on December 26.
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.
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.
If you have been to Iceland around Christmas time, you must have noticed the traditional leaf bread that accompanies every Christmas meal.
First Lady Eliza Reid wore an impressive Icelandic national costume (skautbúningur) at the presidential inauguration in Alþingishús, the Icelandic parliamentary building, yesterday.
On June 17, 1944, the Republic of Iceland was formally established and Iceland became independent after being under Danish rule.