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15 December 2019

Þvörusleikir - Yule lad

December 15 – Þvörusleikir (Spoon-Licker)

The fourth of the Yule Lads comes on the night before the 15th of December and departs for home on the 28th of December. He was known for being tall, thin, and for stealing þvörur (long wooden spoons) to lick them.

14 December 2019

Stúfur - Yule lad

December 14 – Stúfur (Stubby)

The third of the Yule lads comes on the night before the 14th of December and departs for home on the 27th of December. He was known for being unusually short and for stealing pans so he can eat crust lefts on them.

13 December 2019

Giljagaur - Yule lad

December 13 – Giljagaur (Gully Gawk)

The second Yule Lad comes on the night before the 13th of December and departs for home on the 26th of December. He was known to hide in barns and steal the froth of the milk buckets.

12 December 2019

Yule Lads family

Unlike most other countries that only have one Santa Claus, Iceland has thirteen. They are called Jólasveinar (Yule lads or perhaps Christmas boys) and take turns visiting our children the 13 nights leading up to Christmas Eve.

11 December 2019


Iceland especially the northern part has been hit by a severe snowstorm likely the worst for at least a very long time. Red weather warnings were issued all over the country due to extremely high windspeed up to 52 meters per second with constant windspeed around 30.

10 December 2019

ARICE Webinar Data Management

The Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE) and Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) invite for a webinar on Data Management, on 17 December 9-10:30 am GMT.

3 December 2019

Arctic Portal news

According to the newsprovider Arctic Today "A new presidential memorandum calls for better mapping of Arctic and sub-Arctic waters off Alaska to aid mineral extraction and other commercial activities in those northern waters.

2 December 2019

Arctic Portal news

In the last few months, the APECS-APPLICATE-YOPP Online Course on "Advancing Predictive Capability of Northern Hemisphere Weather and Climate” shared cutting edge knowledge about Arctic weather and climate predictions, challenges and strategies to overcome limitations in 11 webinars. Master and PhD students as well as postdocs from diverse backgrounds and countries attended our course.

24 November 2019

Tara foundation

According to a recent press release by the Tara Ocean Foundation, microplastics are ubiquitous in European rivers. For over a period of six months the research schooner Tara voyaged along the four European sea fronts and collected 2,700 samples from nine major rivers in Europe.

22 November 2019

Difference in mean ice margin position in October 2019 compared to the mean value for October 2012. Regions marked in blue have more sea ice than the reference period; those marked in red have less

According to scientists, as reported on the AWI website, the sea-ice growth in the Arctic is at a historical low. The mean sea-ice extent in the Arctic this October was only 5.44 million km2, which is more than 443,000 km2 below the previous minimum year, 2012 noted by analyses from the University of Bremen´s Institute of Environmental Physics.

14 November 2019

Arctic Floating University

Northern (Arctic) Federal University invites researchers, PhD-students, and students to take part in the marine research and education expedition in the Arctic.

12 November 2019

Arctic Yearbook 2019 - Redefining Arctic Security

The Arctic Yearbook 2019: Redefining Arctic Security will be launched today at the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit conference.