Events 2022

Christmas Trees from the National Museum‘s Collection 26.11.2022 - 6.1.2023 National Museum of Iceland

Wooden and metal Christmas trees are on display at the National Museum of Iceland during the holiday season. The trees were popular in Icelandic homes in the first half of the 20th century. 

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Where is the Yule Cat? - Treasure Trail 1.12.2022 - 6.1.2023 National Museum of Iceland

The Yule Cat has sneaked into the National Museum, and is hiding in 10 places among the objects.

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Grýla and Leppalúði with Svavar Knútur 4.12.2022 14:00 - 14:45 National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

On Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m., the trolls and couple Grýla and Leppalúði arrive in human territory, their first stop of course being at the National Museum.

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Sheep-Cote Clod 12.12.2022 11:00 - 11:30 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

The first Yule Lad comes to town on 12 December. His name is Sheep-Cote Clod and he used to try to suckle the yews in the farmers' sheep sheds.

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Gully Gawk 13.12.2022 11:00 - 11:30 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

On 13 December it is Gully Gawk's turn. Before milking machines were invented he had a habit of stealing into the cowshed and slurping the foam off the milk in the buckets. The Yule Lads visit the National Museum from the 12th of December until 24th, daily at 11am. They wear their old Icelandic costumes and sing and tell children (and adults) stories. 

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Stubby 14.12.2022 11:00 - 11:30 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

The Yule Lad who arrives on 14 December is called Stubby. He is a little, shall we say, vertically challenged. He is also known as Pan Scraper because in the old days he used to try snatching bits of food from the frying pan. Admission ticket is needed.

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Spoon Licker 15.12.2022 11:00 - 11:30 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

Spoon Licker comes down from the mountains on 15 December. In the past he would sneak into the houses and lick the wooden spoon used to scrape the pots. These days he looks for wooden spoons at the National Museum when he visits. Admission ticket is needed.

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Pot Scraper 16.12.2022 11:00 - 11:30 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

Pot Scraper is expected on 16 December. He is also sometimes called Pot Licker since in the old days he waited to snatch away the pots that had not been washed and licked the food remains from the insides. Admission ticket is needed.

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Bowl Licker 17.12.2022 11:00 - 11:30 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

Bowl Licker comes to town on 17 December. In the past, Icelanders ate from lidded wooden bowls that they sometimes kept under the bed or on the floor. Bowl Licker would hide under the bed, and if someone put their bowl on the floor he grabbed it and licked the inside clean. 

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Door Slammer 18.12.2022 11:00 - 11:30 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

Door Slammer comes to town on 18 December. He always made a lot of noise when he walked around, slamming doors and such, so people could hardly get any rest. He still has a habit of slamming doors and always does when he visits the National Museum. 

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Skyr Gobbler 19.12.2022 11:00 - 11:30 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

On 19 December we welcome the Yule Lad called Skyr Gobbler. His favourite is an Icelandic dairy product called skyr, which is similar to yogurt. He likes it so much that he used to sneak into the pantry and gobble all the skyr out of the skyr tub. Admission ticket is needed.

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Sausage Swiper 20.12.2022 11:00 - 11:30 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

On the 20th of December we are expecting Sausage Swiper. He loved to eat sausages and stole them whenever he had a chance. Admission ticket is needed.

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Window Peeper 21.12.2022 11:00 - 11:30 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

December 21 is when Window Peeper visits. This Lad was not as greedy as some of his brothers, he just liked to peep through the windows and sometimes nicked the toys that he saw. Admission ticket is needed.

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Doorway Sniffer 22.12.2022 11:00 - 11:30 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

Door Sniffer comes to town on 22 December. He is easily recognized by his huge nose. He loved the smell of cakes and lace bread – sometimes called leaf bread – when they were being prepared for Christmas, and always tried to steal one or two. Admission ticket is needed.

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Meat Hook 23.12.2022 11:00 - 11:30 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

St. Thorlák's Day, 23 December, is the day of Meat Hook's arrival. Meat Hook was crazy about meat. In the old days he would lower a long stick through the chimney and snag a smoked leg of lamb hanging from the rafters, or a piece of smoked lamb from the pot. In those days the smoked lamb, which is traditional Icelandic Christmas fare, was cooked on St. Thorlák's Day. Admission ticket is needed.

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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 24.12.2022 - 2.1.2023 National Museum of Iceland

Christmas 2022 - National Museum of Iceland

24. December Only open from 11 - 11.30 for Yule Lads show (exhibition rooms closed)
25. December Closed
26. December Closed (Monday)
27. - 30. Dec. Open 10 - 17
31. December Open 10 - 14
1. January 2023 Closed
2. January 2023 Closed (Monday)
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Candle Stealer 24.12.2022 11:00 - 11:30 The Photo Gallery - National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41

Candle Beggar arrives on Christmas Eve Day, 24 December. In former times, candles were the brightest lights available to people. They were so rare and precious that all children longed to have their very own candle for Christmas. And poor Candle Beggar – well, he also longed for a candle. The National Museum is open between 11 and 12 on Christmas Eve Day, to welcome Candle Beggar.Admission ticket is needed.

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