Reykjavik to get its Oslo Christmas tree!

Photo: Kristinn Ingvarsson

Photo: Kristinn Ingvarsson

Locals and visitors in Reykjavik will be able to enjoy the traditional Christmas tree from Norway this year.

Much consternation was caused by the decision taken last year by Oslo City Council to stop the annual gift of a Norwegian Christmas tree to the City of Reykjavik.

In the face of Icelandic public dissatisfaction, Oslo City Council reversed the decision and sent a tree for Christmas 2014.

Joy was short-lived, however, as the tree was very badly damaged in stormy weather in late November last year in Reykjavik and had to be replaced by an Icelandic tree.

Fingers are crossed that the weather will be better this year, as confirmation has come through that Reykjavik will again be receiving its much-loved Norwegian Christmas tree, to be installed in the city’s Parliament Square (‘Austurvöllur’).

Last year's damaged tree being driven away.

Last year's damaged tree being driven away. Photo: Golli / Kjartan Þorbjörnsson

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