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Gáttaþefur – The eleventh Icelandic Yule Lad to come to town

The Icelandic Yule Lads - Gáttaþefur

The Icelandic Yule Lads - GáttaþefurTonight, Gáttaþefur (Door Sniffer), the eleventh of the thirteen Icelandic Yule lads, will come to town! Have you been naughty or nice? Will you get candy or a potato?

Gáttaþefur was from birth blessed with a huge nose, heightened olfactory senses, as well as the ability to never catch a cold. He is, as so many other Icelanders, partial to laufabrauð, and uses his abnormally large nose to sniff out its hiding places.

Read about all the Icelandic Yule Lads and their extended family here.

Illustration by Elín Elísabet Einarsdóttir