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Archive for December, 2013

New Year’s party in Iceland Posted by on Dec 30, 2013

The year is almost over and we’re all heading for a new one, so let’s take a moment to have a look at the past, present and future of Iceland and this particular Icelandic blog shall we? 😉 PAST Well, that sounds dramatic but in fact I just wanted to take a quick look back…

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A Yule story Posted by on Dec 21, 2013

Many Icelandic stories of Christmas time are about elves visiting humans, for one reason or another. They’re not always evil after all, many times they may be in need of help instead or just generally curious, even well-meaning if they like their human neighbours. Elves often gave gifts to people they liked in particular and…

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The Christmas Cat is coming to town! Posted by on Dec 12, 2013

You better watch out, you better not cry… and you better receive at least one item of clothing for Christmas. This is how you’ll live to see the New Year, at least according to an Icelandic tradition. As a typical Christmas time scare for children, Urðarkötturinn (= the cliff cat) is actually so frightening that…

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Getting understood in Iceland: eight times G. Posted by on Dec 4, 2013

Back to the pronunciation series! Speaking a new language is something that’ll grow on you little by little so don’t even think you’re supposed to learn this all in one go, but it may be helpful to read over and then go back to if/whenever something puzzles you. Something probably will, sooner or later, because…

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