Day tours in Iceland, Akureyri and Reykjavik

Thvorusleikir, Thursday 15th December

Today's Chrismas miscreant coming to town is...Spoon-Licker. His Icelandic name is derived from "Thvorur", a long-handled wooden spoon, and the verb "sleikir", to lick. He is extremely thin, and probably suffering from malnutrition. As we are gradually introduced to the Yule Men, one by one, you will see that they have some favourite places they like to hang out...and, the kitchen is high on that list. So, when going about the daily culinary chores, it's wise to use those eyes in the back of your head to watch the spoons !
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Stufur, Wednesday 14th December

Stufur (Stubby in English) comes to town today, and stays for the customary two weeks. He is abnormally short, and steals pans from the kitchen in order to eat the crusts left on them ! Of course, this is the time of year when wives (and occasionally husbands, too) the length and breadth of the country, are baking cakes, pies and biscuits, so Stufur is always hanging around kitchens to see what he can pinch !
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Giljagaur, Tuesday 13th December

Giljagaur, or Gully Gawk, hides in gullies and waits for an opportunity to sneak into the cowshed and steal the milk. Like the other Santa's, he stays for two weeks also...so, you had better make sure that the cowshed door is properly secured at all times !
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Stekkjastaur, Monday 12th December

Stekkjastaur is the first Santa...and his English title is Sheep Cote Clod. He spends his time harassing and worrying sheep, but is impaired by his stiff wooden legs ! He arrives on the 12th and stays until the 25th, so you had better keep all your sheep safely indoors for those two weeks !
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The Yule Lads...the Icelandic Santas...there are 13 !

The Yule Lads, or Yulemen, are figures from Icelandic folklore who in modern times have become the Icelandic version of Santa Claus. Their number has varied throughout the ages, but currently there are considered to be thirteen. The Yule Lads were originally portrayed as being mischievous, or even criminal, pranksters who would steal from or harass the population, at the time mostly rural farmers. They all had descriptive names that conveyed their particular quirks and predilections. The Yule Lads are traditionally said to be the sons of the mountain-dwelling trolls Gryla and Leppalúði. Additionally, the Yule Lads are often depicted with the Yuletide Cat, a beast that, according to folklore, eats children who don't receive new clothes in time for Christmas ! So, there ! In modern times the Yule Lads have been depicted as taking on a more benevolent role, comparable to the conventional Santa Claus, by putting small gifts (or potatoes if the child has misbehaved) into shoes placed by children into their windows the last thirteen nights before Christmas Eve. They are occasionally depicted as wearing the costume traditionally worn by Santa Claus, but are otherwise generally shown wearing late medieval style Icelandic clothing.
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Passengers increase in Iceland

This year there has been a boost with passengers flying with Icelandair. Figures indicate that at the end of the year they will be as many as 1.8 million, which is a new record. Of these 1.8 million passengers, approximately 600.000 passengers do enter the country as tourists. The advertising campaign with the name Inspired by Iceland is said to have been a success. A new campaign is about to begin where Iceland will be promoted as a winter destination.
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Scheduled flight to Húsavík spring 2012

The domestic flight company Ernir has decided to offer scheduled flights to Húsvík, beginning on the 15th of April 2012. They intend to offer seven flights per week – two flights on Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays and one flight on Sundays.
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Fireworks show at Jokulsarlon

The Fireworks show at Jokulsarlon will take place Saturday night 27th of August at 11 pm. Illuminated icebergs bathed in colour from the magnificent firework show in natures most spectacular surrounding creates an extraordinary experience for spectators. The fireworks show is an annual event and this is the twelfth time it is held. Number of visitors has been escalating every year and last year 1300 people came to enjoy the show.
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Infertility, a problem in western culture.

Birgitte Mars will offer an open course on ways to improve where she talks about aspects such as infertility, changes in hormones, mood swings, menstrual problems, prostate problems and more. Natural ways to strengthen the hormone balance for men and women. Begins Wednesday 8th of June from 19:00 in ISI. Costs 5.900 isk. You can win a ticket at our facebook page. Birgitte has been working with naturopathy for 40 years and has written many books about herbs, health and nutrition. She published a book called Sexual herbal last year.
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Summer solstice 2011

Program: Kundalini yoga in the afternoon and early morning. Lectures and events during the day for example bird watching, breath walk, small hikes, healing with herbs, concerts, mantra evenings and yoga disco. Read
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