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The Thirteenth

January 6


The thirteenth, and last, day of Christmas. In Icelandic folklore there is a lot of superstition surrounding New Year's night and the Thirteenth Night of Christmas; among others that on those nights cows talk the language of men, seals take off their skins and elves move house and visit patient people, giving them riches, if they silently sit all night at a crossroads. Festivities are held all over the country, with elf themed bonfires and more fireworks.

More information on the bonfire locations are announced in the week before.

More Events in January

January 24 - February 20


During the month of þorri, þorri buffets are quite popular in Iceland where many restaurants in Reykjavík and elsewhere serve þorramatur.
January 24-26

Reykjavík International Games

Reykjavík International Games is a multi sport event that will take place from January 24th -26th 2020. The competition will mostly take place in Laugardalur, the Valley of Sport.
January 25 - February 1

Dark Music days

Dark Music Days is a festival of contemporary and new music which takes place during the darkest period of the Icelandic winter.