Words Of Interest: Bolla, Bolla, Bolla!

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Iceland is a country full of wonderful and often quirky traditions. In December, the Yule Lads come down from the…

Words Of Interest: Elf Watch

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In Icelandic Christmas tradition, there’s not one Santa Claus but thirteen mischievous, not always generous Jólasveinar, or Yule Lads. And…

Words of Interest: The Plight of the Icelandic Goat

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“Fara í geitarhús að leita ullar” literally means to go to the goat house to gather wool. It’s used in…

Words of Interest: Light It Up

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“See the Northern Lights” is an item that commonly appears on bucket lists. Lucky for Icelanders, the country is in…

Words of Interest: The Secret Cheese

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If you’ve been to Iceland, or live there, chances are you’ve probably had “skyr.” It’s a popular treat and you…

Words of Interest: On With the Butter!

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“Áfram med smjörid!” is an idiom that literally means “On with the butter!” It’s used to tell someone to quit…

Words of Interest: Into the Woods

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Hvað gerir þú ef þú villist í íslenskum skógi? (What do you do if you get lost in an Icelandic…

Words of Interest: Áfram Ísland!

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The Icelandic football team has been front and centre of every sports section lately for their record-setting feat in the…

Words Of Interest: For The Love Of Raisins

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Icelanders seem to be very fond of raisins. “Rúsínan í pylsuendanum” is a mouthful to say. It’s the Icelandic equivalent…

Words of Interest: That Big Church

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Hallgrímskirkja is one of the most – if not the most – recognisable figure in Reykjavík’s modest skyline. The basalt…

Words Of Interest: A Trip To The Bakery

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“Ég tók hann í bakaríið” literally means “I took him to the bakery.” At first glance, it sounds rather lovely—…