Events 2021

Doorway Sniffer

  • 22.12.2021, 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. 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 11 am. They wear their old Icelandic costumes and sing and tell children (and adults) stories. Admission ticket is needed. 

Eleventh was Door Sniffer,
a doltish lad and gross.
He never got a cold, yet had
a huge, sensitive nose.

He caught the scent of lace bread
while leagues away still
and ran toward it weightless
as wind over dale and hill.

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.