Iceland's Next Christmas Tree Found - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland’s Next Christmas Tree Found

Published October 31, 2014

Photos by
Dagur B. Eggertsson

October is barely over, but Norway has already picked the Christmas tree they will be sending to Iceland this year.

MBL reports that Reykjavík mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson has received some good news from Oslo.

“Oslo has picked the tree to send us this year and the mayor sent me this photo of it,” Dagur wrote in his newsletter. “I really like it, and you can’t help but get in the Christmas spirit just looking at it.”

Dagur also confirmed that he will get to cut the tree down himself, and has promised a “chainsaw photo” in his next newsletter.

The Oslo Tree, as it is often called, is typically raised in Austurvöllur, in front of parliament. Icelanders received a scare earlier this year when Norwegian authorities said it would be too expensive to send a tree this year. The outcry was such that the Oslo Business Council re-assessed the situation, and decided to send a tree after all.

Oslo mayor Fabian Stang said at the time that he had not taken into consideration how popular the Norwegian Christmas tree was amongst Icelanders, adding, “Icelanders also don’t have Christmas trees that are as good as we thought they had.”

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