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yule lads

These 13 men are the Icelandic Yule Lads. 13 days before Christmas, they would come down from the mountains and into the towns, one a night and always in the same order. The Yule Lads would sneak around, often searching for food and scaring people. After their naughty escapades, they would then return to their home in the mountains; the last one would leave on the Thirteenth Night after Christmas on 6th January.

STEKKJASTAUR Stekkjastaur was the first. He would sneak into the sheep barns and try to suck milk from the ewes.

GILJAGAUR Giljagaur came second. He would creep into the barns where the cows were sleeping and eat the froth from the top of the milk barrels.

STUFUR Stúfur came third. The shortest and fattest of them all. He would steal the pans from the kitchen and eat all the leftover food he could find.

THVORUSLEIKIR The fourth was Thvorusleikir. He would grab wooden spoons with both hands and lick the food off them.

POTTASKEFILL Pottaskefill came fifth. He snuck into kitchens and scraped the leftovers out of the pots.

ASKASLEIKIR Askasleikir came sixth and would steal leftovers from people’s bowls that were lying around.

HURDASKELLIR Hurdaskellir came seventh. He would slam the doors shut so hard that people were not able to sleep properly during the night.

SKYRGAMUR Skyrgamur came eighth. He broke the locks off skyr barrels in pantries and devoured all of the skyr.

BJUGNAKRAEKIR Bjugnakraekir came ninth. He would snatch the hanging sausages that were being smoked.

GLUGGAGAEGIR Gluggagaegir came tenth and would peek through the windows of people’s homes to see if he could find anything worth stealing.

GATTATHEFUR Gattathefur came eleventh. This Yule Lad had a humongous nose and could smell the traditional Christmas flatbread from way up in the mountains.

KETKROKUR The twelfth Yule Lad was Ketkrokur. He would snatch chunks of meat from pantries with his long hook.

KERTASNIKIR Last but not least came Kertasnikir. On Christmas Eve, he would chase the children who walked around the towns and steal their candles (which in those days were edible).

JOLAKOTTURINN The Yule Cat was abnormally large and had fearsome glowing eyes. He was grim and ugly and hissed, scratched and blew. Everyone was afraid of the Yule Cat, for he hunted men and did not care for tiny mice. He hunted people down who did not receive any new clothes for Christmas and ate all of their Christmas dinner and even the people themselves if he could. This is why everybody tried to give their children new clothes before Christmas, because the Yule Cat was not allowed to eat anybody who received new clothing.

GRYLA Gryla, mother of the Yule Lads lived in a cave up in the mountains and was sometimes skinny, sometimes fat. If children were nice and well behaved, Gryla would go hungry, but if the children were naughty or bad, this would make Gryla very happy and she would fetch them from the towns and take them all the way up into her cave. Then she would put her big cauldron over an open fire and stuff the children in. What happened next still remains a mystery, but Gryla would instantly become full and fat. One Christmas, every child got nice new clothes and all the children were so happy and nice. This shocked Gryla and she got very scared and didn’t have anything to eat for 14 days, so she laid down in bed and died.

LEPPALUDI Leppaludi was a troll who lived in a cave with his wife, Gryla, and their sons, the 13 Yule Lads. Leppaludi was both bad and ugly. When all the children had become so well behaved and good and Gryla had died from starvation because the troll couple had nothing to eat, he mournfully sat by her side on the bed until he too, died. The lesson to learn from this story is that all children should be good and do as their parents say, so that the scary troll couple don’t ever come back to life.
Shipping & Returns Information Shipping & Returns

If you receive your Icewear product and are not satisfied with your purchase or it doesn’t fit, you are welcome to return the item(s) at your own cost. Goods must be returned in the same condition as you received them, i.e. with hang-tags, un-worn, clean and un-washed. We accept returns that are shipped within 30 days of receiving them. Please include a note with all order details, e.g. the name of the customer as it appears on the order and order number.

Icewear’s return address
Icewear – returns
Ishella 1
221 Hafnarfjordur

All items are inspected on return. If the item is in its original condition, we will refund the garment(s) to the original form of payment. In the unlikely event that an item is returned to us in an unsuitable condition, we will contact you and may have to send it back. If you’d like a refund for your goods, but you can’t return them to us for any reason, then a refund for those goods will be at our discretion.

You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item(s). Shipping costs are non-refundable. When you receive a refund for the original order, the returned item(s) will be refunded but shipping costs will be deducted from your refund. Please make sure all return packages are sent with a trackable insured service. Icewear cannot take responsibility for items damaged or lost in return transit.

Icewear does not exchange products, due to low stock and high order volume. If you would like a different size or color, please return your unwanted item and place a new order.

Customs and taxes
If you had to pay customs or taxes, please note that the amount paid will have to be claimed back from local authorities. Icewear cannot be held responsible for tax on returned items. If your local authorities require, we can prepare a return statement that can be handed in.

Faulty or damaged goods
If you receive an item that is faulty or damaged, please contact us at [email protected] as soon as possible and we will solve the issue.

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Product Care Information

Following are general washing instructions and product care for your Icewear clothes. Please read the care label thoroughly before washing your garment. Washing instructions may vary between similar garments. If you are still unsure about how to wash your product, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

Before washing your Icewear clothes, it is important to make sure that the detergent compartment of your washing machine is clear of any detergent or softener. You may want to run your washing machine empty for one cycle on a hot wash to clear it of any detergent or softener residues.

(Icelandic wool sweaters / angora wool sweaters / lined sweaters)

Handwash only or use a dry cleaner that has the properties and care requirements needed to wash Icelandic wool. Use lukewarm water and a special wool soap. Do not use any soap that contains dyes or perfumes. Soak the garment for about 10-15 minutes. Do no rub or wring. Rinse thoroughly in lukewarm water. Squeeze as much water as possible and then wrap it in a towel and squeeze again. Do not wring or rub the garment. Lay the garment flat out on a towel and pull gently into shape. Do no hang your Icelandic wool sweater, since the weight of the water will stretch the wool. Best course of action is to fold the sleeves across the body of the sweater, so they don’t stretch. Icelandic wool needs rare washing.

Wool blankets
We recommend that you hang your wool blankets occasionally outdoors in the fresh air for a couple of hours. If washing is required, we suggest dry cleaning only. For your Icelandic wool blankets, please use a dry cleaner that is familiar with the care requirements for Icelandic wool.

Merino wool
Wool has natural antibacterial properties which can help keep body odor in check. Therefore consider airing the garment before washing. Machine wash at low temperature, 85°F / 30°C maximum. Machine wash only if a handwash or wool wash program is available on the machine. Do not use fabric softeners or bleach. Do not tumble dry. Do not rub or wring. Dry flat.

Cotton / Fleece
Wash with similar colors, at 30°C / 85°F temperature. We recommend turning the garment inside out before washing it. Do not tumble dry.

Softshell / Hardshell
Close all zippers, patches and flaps. Machine wash at low or moderate temperature (max 85°F / 30°C) on a gentle cycle. Use a liquid detergent designed for technical apparel, as the wrong detergent can ruin the water-repellent surface of the garment. Do not use washing powder as it can clog the pores of the garment and therefore ruin its breathability. Never use fabric softener, water softener or bleach. Allow the machine to rinse thoroughly with clean water, even use an extra-rinse function if available on your washing machine. This is to make sure the garment is free of any residue. The more you wash the garments, the more it will affect the performance of the clothes. Do not dry on a radiator or hang it up too close to a fire.

Renewing the DWR (Durable Water Repellence)
Good DWR will allow water to bead up and fall off the jacket. If the garment is not functioning this way and you’re getting wet, you may need to reproof it, using Nikwax or another reproofing product.

Rain coats and pants
Before washing your rainwear please close all zippers. Machine wash at low or moderate temperature (max 85°F / 30°C) on a gentle cycle. Use a mild detergent. Hang up to dry, do not tumble dry or iron. Cleaning the garment with a wet cloth can often substitute machine wash.

Light Down jackets
Before washing your light down jacket make sure all zippers, patches and flaps are closed and turn product inside out. Use detergent specifically designed for down or technical outerwear. Household detergent and softener will damage the down and strip the fabric of its water-resistant coating. Tumble drying at low temperature with dryer balls is the best way to fluff the down back into shape. The drying may take time and you may need to restart your dryer a few times before the down is completely lump-free, dry and fluffy. Do not set the dryer to high heat as this may damage the seams and outer shell fabric. If you feel nervous about damaging your down coat, consider taking it to the dry-cleaners.

Polyester-filled Parkas and Jackets
Please read care-label before washing. Some parkas need to be dry-cleaned and other parkas can be washed in a washing machine. IF the parka can be machine washed according to the care-label, only use detergents that are specifically designed for technical apparel from reputable brands, such as Nikwax or Grangers. Make sure all zippers, patches and flaps are closed. Check your garments care label for water temperature and wash on a gentle cycle. Remove hood trims if possible. We recommend hanging the garment up to dry. Do not tumble dry. Household detergent and softener will strip the fabric of its water-resistant coating. Never use fabric softener, water softener or bleach.

If unsure about washing, consider an experienced dry-cleaner.


Size guide

All measurements represent body sizes, not garment sizes. All sizes are based on European sizes.

To choose the correct size for you, measure your body as follows and look at our size guide for men, women and children here.

 Men (cm) XS S M L XL XXL XXXL
Chest 90 96 102 108 114 120 126
Waist 77 83 89 95 101 107 113
Hip 87 93 99 105 111 117 123
Inseam 78 80 82 84 86 88 88
Armlength 63 64 65 65 67 68 68

 Women (cm) XS S M L XL XXL
Chest 80 86 92 98 104 110
Waist 64 70 76 82 88 94
Hip 88 94 100 106 112 118
Inseam 77 78 79 80 81 82
Armlength 59 60 61 62 63 64