Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson and a representative of the Norwegian Embassy in Iceland cut down a pine tree at Rauðavatn lake on the outskirts of the capital this afternoon to replace the Christmas tree which had been put up on Austurvöllur square. That tree, which was a gift from Oslo, the Norwegian capital, was damaged in yesterday’s storm.
The top of the tree broke off as gale winds hit Reykjavík. Upon inspection by employees of the City of Reykjavík, it was determined that the tree was beyond fixing. It could have been temporarily repaired but as soon as the next storm would arrive, the top would probably break off again, as explained in a press release.
The lighting of the tree ceremony which had been scheduled yesterday, the first Sunday in Advent, had to be canceled because of the weather. The new tree will be lit in a ceremony on Austurvöllur next Sunday, December 7, followed by family fun.