Lights Lit on Oslo Tree in Reykjavík

The Oslo Tree in Austurvöllur square.

The Oslo Tree in Austurvöllur square. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

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Some got a better seat than others.

Some got a better seat than others. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

Ever since 1951, Norwegians have given the city a Christmas tree, as a symbol of friendship between the two countries. From 1951 till 2014, the gift was shipped from Norway, but in recent years, its travel time has been shortened and, therefore, the carbon footprint decreased.

Two of the Yule lads showed up for the event.

Two of the Yule lads showed up for the event. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

Norwegians happen to own a piece of land in Heiðmörk, near Reykjavík, and this is where the tree was cut – in Norðmannalundur.

Appropriately, a Norwegian-Icelandic boy – seven-year-old Hrafn Gunnarsson – assisted Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson in lighting the tree.

mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

A couple of Yule lads were present. They were in town ahead of schedule, for traditionally, the first of 13 arrives in town on December 12. Christmas songs were played – by Icelandic and Norwegian musicians alike.

Oslo City Councilmember Line Steine Oma addressed the gathering and delivered a gift of books by Norwegian authors, in Icelandic translation, intended for all grade schools in Reykjavík.

Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson and Jónas Hrafn Gunnarsson.

Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson and Jónas Hrafn Gunnarsson. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

Elísabet Ormslev and Sverrir Bergmann performed.

Elísabet Ormslev and Sverrir Bergmann performed. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

Reykjavík City Band and Sagene Janitsjarkorps from Oslo played.

Reykjavík City Band and Sagene Janitsjarkorps from Oslo played. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

Oslo City Councilmember Line Steine Oma.

Oslo City Councilmember Line Steine Oma. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

Actress Katla Margrét Þorgeirsdóttir.

Actress Katla Margrét Þorgeirsdóttir. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon









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