December 4, 2012
Thirteen Yule Lads, one Yule Cat and a feast of fermented fish, Inspired by
invites visitors to experience
unique Christmas traditions.
is showcasing a taste of the country's unique festive traditions at the heart of
Christmas village. The city's festive celebrations will commence on the first Sunday in December with the lighting of the Christmas tree and a visit from the thirteen Yule Lads;
answer to Santa Claus.
Eldhús: Little House of Christmas will be positioned in the city centre from the 3
December and will house an intimate group of just three people
between 3pm and 5pm
each day. Tourists will be invited into the Little House Of Christmas and will experience Icelandic Christmas traditions. Over the two days visitors can get a thirty-minute crash course on how to knit an Icelandic hat, the secret behind the festive feast of fermented skate, and traditional music to tempt a visit from the Yule Lads.
The Little House of Christmas acts as part of a wider campaign from Inspired by
welcoming submissions for a name that better describes the island. Inspired by a storyteller inside the house, visitors will be encouraged to contribute their own descriptions and Christmas rhymes, which will be shared on Inspired by
Inga Hlín Pálsdóttir, Director, Marketing & Visit Iceland at Promote Iceland, says:
"Eldhús: Little House of Christmas allows visitors to experience Icelandic Christmas traditions and engage closely with the country's festive culture. The Icelandic Christmas is all about folklore and storytelling, and whilst the rest of the world has just one Santa Claus we have thirteen Yule Lads, which makes our festive celebrations unique."