Cooked rye-bread in hot springs.
There is a special place in Mývatn where rye-bread is cooked in hot springs. It is located in "litla hitaholtið" or the small heated hill.
A lot of locals cook their rye-bread here, some from a hidden receipt, which has been handed down from generation to generation. So both the heated hill and the recipes are a top-secret :)
The bread is cooked in tin cans or milk cartons. It takes 24 hours to cook a rye-bread in a hot spring and it is done all year round.
Nowadays buses have started stopping on this hill to show the tourists how the bread is cooked. But that must stop as some nosy people have damaged the bread by picking it up before it is finished, thus ruining it.
Yule Lads of Lake Myvatn!
The Icelandic Yule lads in Myvatn!
We stopped somewhere near Lake Myvatn to see the pseudocraters and at the side of the store, I did see a picture of Santa Claus-like men holding a lamp and pictured on the side of the shop wall. My guide was beside it, and I swear – if my guide grew his beard and hair, he would look like one of them. I actually told him about this in good humour, and he just smiled and said that his ancestry is Irish since the Vikings probably got some slaves with them from Ireland (?)...
But the Santa-Claus like men I saw pictured on the wall are actually the Yule Lads – 13 sons of Gryla and Leppaludi, vicious trolls that live in the Myvatn area.
Thirteen days prior to Christmas, the Yule Lads start coming down from the mountain, one lad each night. The kids have to put their best shoe on the windowsill before naptime and a little gift each night from the Yule lad. If the child was misbehaving, the child gets a raw potato instead.
And then, you can actually visit these Yule lads in Dimmuborgir everyday between Dec 13-15, and on the first Saturday of December you can join them at the Myvatn Nature Bath (opened in 2004, check it out at www.jardbodin.is)
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