Events 2021

Door Slammer

  • 18.12.2021, 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. Please note that all attendees, born 2015 and before, must present either a negative rapid antigen test or a negative PCR test taken no longer than 48 hours in advance, from a certified test center. Note that self-tests are not accepted. Attendees can also present a proof of a recent COVID-19 infection (no younger than 14 days and no older than 180 days). Admission ticket is needed.

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.

The seventh was Door Slammer,
a sorry, vulgar chap:
When people in the twilight
would take a little nap,

he was happy as a lark
with the havoc he could wreak,
slamming doors and hearing
the hinges on them squeak.

The Icelandic jólasveinar (Yuletide Lads) have little connection with the international red-clothed Santa Claus. The Yuletide Lads are descended from trolls, and originally they were bogeymen who were used to scare children. During this century they have mellowed, and they sometimes wear their best, red suits. But they still tend to pilfer and play tricks. They are the sons of two of the most hideous ogres ever known in Iceland, Grýla and Leppalúði.