The Yule Lads, or Yulemen, (Icelandic: jólasveinarnir or jólasveinar) are characters from Icelandic folklore who in modern times have become the Icelandic version of Santa Claus. There are thirteen of these characters. They put rewards or punishments into shoes placed by children in window sills during the last thirteen nights before Christmas Eve. Every night, one Yuletide lad visits each child, leaving gifts or rotting potatoes, depending on the child’s behavior throughout the year.
Icelandic Name: Hurðaskellir
English Translation: Door-Slammer
Description: Likes to slam doors, especially during the night.
Cork Coaster Slogan:
Don’t F*ck With Iceland!
we may not have cash, but we’ve got ash!
Size and weight.
Hight: c.a. 100 mm mm
Length: c.a. 100 mm
Width: c.a. 4 mm
Weight: c.a. 26 gramms
Warning: Don’t wash on Dishwasher.
Chill the Icelandic Gabbro-rocks in a freezer for at least two hours.
Place 2-3 rocks in a glass and pour the drink they are sufficient to cool a double measure.
The drink is chilled without being diluted.
Wash them rocks and let them dry before placing them back in the freezer.
Nine Gabbro-rocks in each package.
Warning: Excessive alcohol consumption may impair you’re judgement.
Be careful not to swallow the rocks.
In mid-August 2014, Iceland’s second highest mountain, Bárðarbunga, awoke from its slumber. A stratovolcano located under Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, Bárðarbunga, is part of a vast volcanic system that covers much of the entre of the island. After a few dramatic days of intense seismic activity, an eruption started in the Holuhraun lava field north of Bárðarbunga. At 4 a.m. on August 31st, the magma found its way to the surface. By the time this book was sent to print, the Holuhraun lava eruption had already become one of the largest witnessed in Iceland since the 19th century and showing no sign of abating.
Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson is one of Iceland’s most experienced photographers. He has closely followed these events from both the air and ground from the very beginning.
Breathtaking photographs from the lava eruption in Holuhraun 2014.
Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson brings you closer to these magnificent events in central Iceland, where the forces of nature continue to shape the island.