The Icelandic Horse World Championship 2013

The Icelandic Horse

The Icelandic Horse – Photo from landsmot.is

The Icelandic Horse World Championship 2013 will be held August 4th to 11th in Berlin, Germany. The Championship is the largest event for the Icelandic Horse worldwide with contestants from 19 countries and estimated that around 20 thousand guests will attend.

Members from Landsmót Hestamanna (The Icelandic National Horse Show) will have a booth at the venue. If you are a fan of the Icelandic Horse or even better, if you are going to attend the Icelandic Horse World Championship – make sure that you stop by their booth.

They will have a little lottery game, where you can enter your name to win a FREE traditional Icelandic wool sweater or a FREE Alafoss Wool blanket.

We at Alafoss wish all the Icelandic horses attending the competition Best of luck in Berlin 2013!

Icelandic Wool Sweater and Icelandic Alafoss Wool Blanket

Homer Simpson in Iceland

The newest episode of the Simpsons family had an Icelandic themed season finale. Music from Sigur Rós as well as many famous landmarks like Hallgrímskirkja, Perlan (the Pearl) and the Blue Lagoon, appeared on the show. The plot of the two-part show revolves around the character of Carl Carlson, Homer’s friend and co-worker, who sets off to visit his home country, Iceland. They were wearing the traditional Icelandic Wool Sweater and even spoke Icelandic 🙂

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The Saga of Carl Carlson featuring Sigur Rós – special episode dedicated to Iceland

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Homer Simpson and his friends wearing the traditional Icelandic Wool Sweater

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Homer, Carl, Lenny and Moe order the traditional fermented shark and the tastier smoked lamb

How do you think the Simpsons look in the Icelandic Wool Sweater? We loved it! Did you see the show? Tell us about it 🙂

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Oh! The Icelandic Weather!

The name Iceland is enough to send shivers up your spine and it’s no surprise that one of it’s distinct features is how uncontrollable and unpredictable the weather is.

On February 25th, actor Russel Crowe told Jay Leno on The Tonight Show on NBC, that the weather in Iceland is very extreme and unpredictable. Mr. Crowe stayed in Iceland last year, during filming Darren Aronofsky’s movie Noah.

Iceland’s hourly weather forecast – Watch out: it changes quickly!

Mr. Crowe is definitely right – It is sometimes stated that we can’t be certain if a day in Iceland will feature sun, rain, snow, wind, hail, fog or a combination thereof.

However, we are fully prepared to face various types of weather. Icelandic wool products have gained a deserved reputation as the ultimate in comfort, style and most importantly, keeping you and your family warm. The natural fibres of the Icelandic wool trap air and warmth inside the fibre which provides incredible warmth, no matter what the weather. Woolen apparel is not only warm, but also virtually waterproof as the wool wicks moisture away from the body, keeping you dry at all times.

Please feel free to browse through our selection of wool products on our website.

Traditional Icelandic Wool Sweaters - available at Alafoss.is

Traditional Icelandic Wool Sweaters – available at Alafoss.is

Tell us your Story

Every year, we get visitors from all around the world to our Álafoss store in Iceland. We truly appreciate that we get the opportunity to meet you all and we would love to hear back from you here.

We have recently made some changes to our local store in Álafosskvos in Mosfellsbaer, Iceland. When you come to visit this important side of Iceland’s industrial history, you now do not just get to see the old factory building but we have also set up a small exhibit of selection of old knitting machinery and photographs from the early days. Continue reading