From Iceland — Iceland Is Weird But So Great #6: Yule Lads

Iceland Is Weird But So Great #6: Yule Lads

Published December 21, 2016

The Christmas season is now upon us, and the Icelandic version of Christmas is an endless source of fascination for many of our readers. One mainstay, the Yule Lads, are extremely popular, but don’t be fooled – these are not the jolly, benevolent Santa-like characters you may be familiar with.

In this video, you will learn the truth behind the Yule Lads, Grýla, and a classist cat who devours children for having shabby clothes:

This series is the work of film maker and director Árni Sveinsson, in collaboration with the Reykjavík Grapevine as media partners and sponsored by Go Car Rental. The series takes a look at some aspects of life around the country that might be familiar to locals, but are probably less known to visitors to the country.

The series runs in both directions, too: Árni encourages our readers to contact Grapevine if they have any suggestions for possible coverage. If you have any idea to throw Árni’s way, just drop us a line at with the subject line “iceland is weird but so great”.

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