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Christmas photos Posted by on Nov 20, 2011 in Icelandic culture

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Christmas is coming and Christmas-themed stuff started to show up a few weeks ago. I lost some photos that I had so you’re getting a mix of Christmas decorations and Christmas food instead of just food.

Some foods get special Christmas flavours. Most of the yoghurt I’ve seen so far has a berry flavour for Christmas, but this one is chocolate and coconut.

This is berry-flavoured joghurt. On some products they don’t actually say what the “Christmas flavour” is, they just assume you know already.

These are Christmas products from last year:

The butter is just regular butter with a fancy wrapper. Sometimes it’s impossible to tell what products have a special flavor and what are just regular.

From this year, inside the dairy section of Hagkaup at Kringlan, the mall.

Last year’s “Christmas platter” offered at Cafe Paris.

At Cafe Babalu last year.

At “The Puffin” tourist shop last year.


In Kringlan last year.


As it gets closer to Christmas, more and more decorations are put up around the town and you start to hear people broadcasting Christmas music down the main shopping street. Some kiosks selling gifts and candy also start appearing, and around Christmas and Christmas Eve hot chocolate is given out, booths selling sugar-roasted almonds appear, and plays are put on outdoors for children. There’s one night where a choir of people walk down the main shopping street holding lit candles and singing, everyone is out doing last-minute shopping and the stores are open late, and people are singing into microphones all down the street.

I’ll have at least two more posts worth of Christmas material to show you by the end of it.

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I try to write about two-thirds of the blog topics on cultural aspects and one-third on the language, because there's much more out there already on the language compared to daily life information. I try to stay away from touristy things because there's more of that out there than anything else on Iceland, and I feel like talking about that stuff gives you the wrong impression of Iceland.