Happy New Year!

I’m not going to bang on about how I wish I was in Iceland for the New Years celebrations. It’s not going to do either of us any good. Instead, I’ll thank everyone for their help and support in 2012, and raise a glass to 2013. I think it’s going to be a good one; […]

Puzzled by Iceland – Kickstarter Update!

I am excited to announce that for the final phase of my Kickstarter project, I’m going to change things up a little bit. This is only possible due to the girls over at ‘Puzzled by Iceland’. Puzzled by Iceland was founded in August 2010 by two Icelandic blonde haired, blue eyed moms, Þóra Eggertsdóttir and […]

Eliza Newman!

Maybe its the lull in the holidays, or the influx of Christmas cash, but my Kickstarter page has been busy today, with five lovely new backers supporting me. Even Eliza Newman, a singer/songwriter who spends her time between Iceland and the UK, and was formerly of the band Bellatrix, lent her support on Twitter, which was […]

Iceland’s Naughty Yule Lads – 24th December

Kertasníkir (Candle-Stealer) The last to arrive, Kertasníkir used to follow children in order to steal their candles, back in the days when children had playing cards and candles for Christmas, and when candles were made from tallow. These days, candles are made from wax, and can make Kertasníkir ill if he eats them. Now, he […]

Gleðileg jól!

Hi, I just wanted to say Merry Christmas / Gleðileg jól to all my friends, family, readers and backers. It’s been a really hectic year, with three trips to Iceland (freezing January, balmy June and windy October), the start of my blog in April and the finishing of my book in December. The Kickstarter project […]

Ólöf Arnalds at Christmas.

I should be writing a ‘Daily Life’ about Christmas in Iceland. I could talk about the Yule Lads, a Christmas Cat, or various folklore and traditions. My favorite part of Christmas, now that I’m growing ungracefully older, has to be the food. For Christmas, I gorge myself. I needn’t eat throughout the month of January; […]

Iceland’s Naughty Yule Lads – 22nd December

  Gáttaþefur (Doorway-Sniffer)   This Yule lad has whopping nose and and a superb sense of smell which he uses to locate food, especially his favourite laufabrauð. Bad smells can seem really strong to him though, and even make his eyes water. He just can’t turn off that nose of his. Gáttaþefur arrives on December […]