Visit the Yule Lads in Dimmuborgir

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Before Christmas the Icelandic Yule Lads welcome guests to visit them in Hallarflöt in Dimmuborgir everyday from November 30th to December 24th between 11:00am and 1:00pm until Christmas. Entry fee is ISK 1.500 for guests 18 years and older and ISK 500 for guests 12-17 years old.
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13 Yule Lads live in Iceland, the sons of the old trolls Grýla and Leppalúði. Grýla and Leppalúði keep a pet, a wicked cat, which may sometimes catch children. Grýla, who is big and formidable, was said to collect the naughty children in a sack and take them home to eat for Christmas dinner. If a child is naughty, Grýla finds out immediately. Grýla can't lay her hands on good children. An old tradition in Iceland is, that 13 days prior to Christmas the Yule Lads start coming down from the mountains one at a time each night. Children in Iceland place their best shoe on their windowsill before going to bed and each night a little gift is left in the shoe from the Yule lad that came down from the mountains that night. If the child has been misbehaving, there might be a raw potato left instead. The Yule Lads aren’t as mean as their parents but they aren´t very well-mannered either. The Icelandic Christmas season begins on December 12th, when Stekkjastaur (Sheep-Cote Clod) descends from the mountains. The last one, Kertasníkir (Candle-Stealer) arrives on the 24th of December. Then they leave again to the mountains, one by one in the same order until the last one, Kertasníkir leaves on the last day of Christmas, January 6th.