Published December 23, 2019
In Iceland, Christmas is a little wacky. Instead of one Santa, we have thirteen. And rather than being a jolly old white-bearded fellow who lets children sit on his on his lap in a shopping mall and showers them with presents, our Jólasveinar—or “Yule Lads,” in English—are a tribe of mischievous little weirdos.
Starting on December 12th, the Yule Lads came down from the mountains one by one, each day until Christmas. If kids behaved well, they put a gift in their shoes; if not, they got a potato.
In honour of this tradition, the last—but not least—Yule Lad of them all has come to town: Kertasníkir. Unlike so many of his brothers, Kertasníkir isn’t interested in stealing your food or doing awful things to your kitchenware. No, his kink is still candles. Why candles? Well, there was a time when this was the primary source of light in people’s homes, you know. To make matters worse, Kertasníkir is especially fond of stealing candles from children. He makes up for this by the fact that, being the last Yule Lad, he typically comes with the best presents. This year is no different, and you’ll be able to win his prize by tagging a friend in the comments of this post!
What’s In The Shoe Today?
No more is Kertasníkir’s generosity the case than now, as he’s bringing a helicopter tour for two from the good folks at Norðurflug. In this tour, two lucky people will be whisked away by helicopter, in a flight last roughly 20 minutes, to the top of a mountain for peace and reflection. A bottle of sparkling white is added to the accoutrements for an extra special flavour of fun. This tour would normally set you back a little over 77,000 ISK, so Kertasníkir is pulling out all the stops here.
So how does a girl win such an amazing prize? Simple: tag a friend in the comments of this post who you would want to take with you on a helicopter ride and we’ll choose the lucky winner on the last day of Christmas or the 6th of January! See? You could bestow someone with the best Christmas gift ever with little effort, and no expense, on your part. So get tagging!
NOTE: The winner of a small group tour for two of South Iceland with Hidden Iceland was Tanya Schuck, on account of the fact that “she needs to get back to Iceland because she’s had some very bad luck and Iceland seems to make her luck turn around.” Aww, what a good friend you have, Tanya!