Events 2021

Window Peeper

  • 21.12.2021, 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. 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. 

The tenth was Window Peeper,

a weird little twit,
who stepped up to the window
and stole a peek through it.

And whatever was inside
to which his eye was drawn,
he most likely attempted

to take later on.

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.