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Sons of Iceland. Posted by on Jun 23, 2016

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Football fever is at record heights right now, but along has come an interesting side feature: if Icelanders try to watch the games in any other language than Icelandic they immediately get a bit confused listening to the announcers. The foreign announcers don’t call the players by their own names! This is due to the…

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Independently Icelandic. Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

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Guess what day tomorrow is? That’s right – Iceland celebrates its independence on the 17th June with Hæ Hó Jibbi Jei, það er kominn sautjándi Júní (= Hi Ho Yippee Yay, it’s come the 17th June), parades, bouncy castles and lots and lots of flags. I’ve already dug out my own 17th June kit well in…

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The day of sailors. Posted by on Jun 9, 2016

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Last weekend we had Sjómannadagurinn, the day of sailors, and the harbor area was full of all kinds of sea-related activities. It’s held annually on the first Sunday of June unless Pentecost falls on that day: on those years it’s held on the second Sunday. It was first held on 6th June 1938 and since…

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You say meow, I say mjá. Posted by on Jun 2, 2016

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I had been listening to the strange jingling sound coming from our bedroom for a while before I realized what was actually causing it – a neighborhood cat come to visit once again through a window left open. She has grown somewhat of a habit of this over the years although usually she stays outside…

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Four kinds of dreaming. Posted by on May 26, 2016

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In Icelandic fairy tale tradition dreams are given an especially important part in how they affect and shape people’s lives. In old stories and legends gods and elves visit people in the dreaming, explaining dreams has been a valued skill all the way from the settlement era and people have for a long time believed…

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