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Independently Icelandic. Posted by on Jun 16, 2016


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


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


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


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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Icelandic national dress. Posted by on May 19, 2016


Icelandic national dress, þjóðbúningur, has a long, long history and each of them is a work of art. Made of wool, richly embroidered and decorated with a great amount of jewellery the dresses are often family treasures, given to the next generation or borrowed for a relative for important occasions such as graduation or the Independence…

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