Welcome back! The Christmas Cat has arrived in downtown Reykjavík for the second time. Last year, the 5 metre tall metal cat was put up for the first time in Lækjartorg square. It has proven to be popular with both travellers and locals alike, creating a festive scene in downtown Reykjavík. The cat is six metres wide, lit up with 6,500 LED lights. The cat is put up by Reykjvík city and will stay there throughout the festive season until early 2020.
The Christmas Cat is a Christmastime children’s folktale, part of the giantess’ Grýla and Leppalúði household Grýla and Leppalúði are the parents of the 13 Icelandic yule lads. The Christmas Cat is said to eat children who do not receive clothing as Christmas presents. It was made famous in a 1932 poem by Icelandic poet Jóhannes úr Kötlum. Björk also recorded a popular version of the song in the late 1980s (listen here).