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    Meet Iceland’s 13 Santa Clauses – The Yule Lads

    Like our food, language and landscapes, Icelandic Christmas folklore is a bit extreme. Instead of getting a visit from Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, Iceland has the 13 Yule Lads (Jólasveinar) who in mid-December start descending one by one from their mountain home to wreak mischief in the nights leading up to Christmas (Jól). The [...]
  • Reykjavik Old Harbor 100 Years Old Today

    Today marks 100 years since Reykjavík’s Old Harbor was formally opened. The construction of the harbor marked a massive change in daily life for Icelanders, as both the fishing and trading industry started booming in the years after its completion. The Old Harbor was a massive undertaking at the time and two steam trains needed […] More

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    Everything You Need To Know About Reykjavík’s Most Famous Landmark – Hallgrímskirkja Church

    Hallgrímskirkja (“Church of Hallgrímur” in English) is one of Reykjavík’s main landmarks. The impressive church towers over the city’s skyline, rising out of the capital’s center like a concrete geyser. But while these days it’s a much beloved building, the church used to be a rather controversial subject. Here is everything you need to know […] More