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22 December 2022

Jean Malaurie 100 years birthday

Today, December 22, 2022, legendary Professor, Arctic Explorer, Artist and much more Jean Malaurie celebrates his 100th birthday!

22 December 2022

Gáttaþefur - Yule lad

December 22

Gáttaþefur (Doorway-Sniffer) is the eleventh Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 22nd of December and departs for home on the 4th of January. Doorway-Sniffer was known to have an extremely long, large nose and an amazing sense of smell he usually used to seek out the Icelandic traditional leaf bred (Laufabrauð).

21 December 2022

Gluggagægir - Yule lad

December 21

Gluggagægir (Window-Peeper) is the tenth Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 21st of December and departs for home on the 3rd of January. Window-Peeper was known for being probably the creepiest one, he would peek inside people’s windows to see if there was anything to steal.

20 December 2022

Bjúgnakrækir - Yule lad

December 20

Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage-Swiper) is the ninth Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 20th of December and departs for home on the 2nd of January. Sausage-Swiper was known to hide in the rafters and snatch sausages that were being smoked.

19 December 2022

 From Thule to MOSAiC

The seminar, 75 years of French and German Arctic Research - On the occasion of the 100th birthday of legendary professor Jean Malaurie  held in Berlin on Monday, December 12 th 2022 is now available online - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1qg50QPznM

19 December 2022

Skyrgámur - Yule lad

December 19

Skyrgámur (Skyr-Gobbler) is the eighth Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 19th of December and departs on the 1st of January. Skyr-Gobbler was known to be particularly fond of skyr, an Icelandic dairy product similar to yogurt.

18 December 2022

Hurðaskellir - Yule lad

December 18

Hurðaskellir (Door-Slammer) is the seventh Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 18th of December and departs for home on the 31st of December. Door-Slammer was known to be the loudest one, slamming doors, especially during nighttime, waking people up in the process.

17 December 2022

Askasleikir - Yule lad

December 17

Askasleikir (Bowl-Licker) is the sixth Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 17th of December and departs for home on the 30th of December. Bowl-Licker was known to hide under beds waiting for someone to put down their “askur,” (a plate used for all meals), which he then licked clean.

16 December 2022

Poster guide for Reindeer Husbandry Conference 2022

Available for download: Posterguide in English and Sámi languages from the Reindeer Husbandry Conference 2022 in Guovdageainnu, Norway.

16 December 2022

Pottaskefill - Yule lad

December 16

Pottaskefill (Pot-Scraper) is the fifth Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 16th of December and departs for home on the 29th of December. Pot-Scraper was known to steal and scrape leftovers from pots and pans.

15 December 2022

Þvörusleikir - Yule lad

December 15

Þvörusleikir (Spoon-Licker) is the fourth Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 15th of December and departs for home on the 28th of December. Spoon-Licker was known for being tall, thin, and for stealing þvörur (long wooden spoons) to lick them, hoping to taste something sweet.

14 December 2022

Stúfur - Yule lad

December 14

Stúfur (Stubby) is the third Yule lad who comes to town on the night before the 14th of December and departs for home on the 27th of December. Stubby was known for being unusually short and for stealing pans so he could eat the crust left on them.

13 December 2022

Advances in Polar Science Issue 33 no. 3 Cover

The journal Advances in Polar Science (APS) published the third issue of 2022 (Vol.33, No.3) in October, and can be downloaded for free from the website:https://aps.chinare.org.cn/EN/current

13 December 2022

Giljagaur - Yule lad

December 13

Giljagaur (Gully Gawk) is the second Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 13th of December and departs for home on the 26th of December. Gully Gawk was known to hide in gullies waiting for an opportunity to sneak into cowshed and steal the froth of the milk buckets.

11 December 2022

Yule Lads at Dimmuborgir, Mývatn

It is that time of the year again. Christmas is approaching and that means the Yule lads are again on the prowl! 

Our last year's coverage of their adventures and habits has received great attention. Thus, we decided that the Arctic Portal should honour them again with media coverage.

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