Day tours in Iceland, Akureyri and Reykjavik

Happy new year 2012!

FAB Travel wishes its clients a happy new year. 
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Kertasnikir, Saturday 24th December

The final Yule Lad arrives today. He is Candle-Beggar, and is regularly to be seen trailing children around in order to try and steal their candles. It is worth noting, however, that modern-day wax candles would not satisfy Candle-Beggar's craving...he much prefers the old-fashioned smokey, sputtering candles made of tallow...because you can eat them !
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Ketkrokur, Friday 23rd December

This fella is Meat-Hook, and he tries to procure various cuts, joints and steaks etc. without being discovered...hence the meat-hook, of course. The hook is usually on the end of a long pole so that it can either be poked through a window or wheedled down a chimney (as illustrated on the left) in order to whisk away the goods !
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Gattathefur, Thursday 22nd December

This character is Door-Sniffer who, as you can see, is gifted with an abnormally large nose with which to sniff around doors (usually kitchen doors !) looking for tasty treats ! His favourite is "laufabraud" (leaf-bread), which is a thin and crispy wafer bread, usually deep fried in oil or fat. It is traditional to decorate the laufabraud with stencilled patterns before the frying takes place. There's usually a competition to make the best one ! Door-Sniffer has no interest in making them, he only likes to eat them !
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Gluggagaegir, Wednesday 21st December

Now, here's somebody who's on the lookout for any sort of food or vittals left lying around. This is Window-Peeper, and you can occasionally see his hat and the rims of his heavy glasses poking up above the sill of your kitchen window, as he gazes longingly inwards at the various pots and pans, all hubbling and bubbling with tasty foodstuffs in the making.
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Bjugnakraekir, Tuesday 20th December

The Sausage-Swiper is today's villain...he hides in the rafters of the kitchen, and steals the sausages being smoked over the fire whenever he gets the chance ! Of course, it must be a little difficult having to endure the smoke for all that length of time, but Sausage-Swiper is a Yule Lad on a mission, and he will not be easily deterred from securing his quarry ! This super-heavyweight sausage on the left, is about to be consumed with a lip-smacking relish borne of long winter nights and an endless wait for Christmas.
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Skyrgamur, Monday 19th December

Well...it was only a matter of time before the Yule Lads turned their attention to their stomachs, once more !! Enter Skyr-Gobbler stage left, his mission in life being to misappropriate skyr whenever he can. Now, for the uninitiated, skyr is a dairy product from Iceland and physically similar to strained yogurt, although technically it is actually a very soft cheese...but not cheesey...if you know what I mean. Anyway, it is very healthy and ultra-low fat, and is now available in a selection of yogurt-style flavours. Skyr-Gobbler says that he is partial to the Vanilla one, although Strawberry is his favourite. 
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Hurdaskellir, Sunday 18th December

Now, Door-Slammer has come to town ! He loves to slam those unfastened doors...especially when everybody is tucked up all cosy and warm in bed at night. This is the time of year when the wild winds blow, and those old doors are always rattling away on their hinges. Sometimes the doors break free, and the wind comes whistling and roaring around the house like a demon...then the wind leaves...the door slams...and there is silence once more. Some people blame the wind for the slamming doors...but, others know better ! 
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Askasleikir, Saturday 17th December

Today, Bowl-Licker comes to town, and you might find him in the bedroom rather than the kitchen. He hides under beds waiting for someone to put down their 'askur' (a type of bowl with a lid, used instead of plates), which he then steals. Now, given that in Olden Days one might expect to find...shall we say...a "choice" of bowls under a bed, then I should imagine that Bowl-Licker's particular weakness comes with a certain degree of personal risk !
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Pottaskefill, Friday 16th December

Ah...time to be wary in the kitchen, once more ! Pot Scraper is on the go. There was a time when he was also known as Pottasleikir (Pot Licker), but like all naughty criminals, he likes to change his name every so often in a vain effort to elude the forces of law and order, and certainly whomsoever is working in the kitchen. So, after a hard day's toiling over the stove...and before you put all the pots in the sink for washing, just have a quick look in each to make sure this fellow isn't doing the job for you ! 
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