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Yule at the Iron Age Farm

Yule in the longhouse: Hear about the really old Christmas traditions at the Iron Age Farm and join in with our Yule workshop every Sunday before Christmas.

Picture from the Iron Age Farm. Open in december Welcome to Yule at the Iron Age Farm

For the first time ever, the Iron Age Farm at Ullandhaug will be open throughout December.

Join the Lady of the farm or the tribal chief in the longhouse on a journey back in time to the Yule of old. Our family-friendly guided tour will introduce you to life on the farm and how they might have celebrated the holidays in the Migration Period.
Christmas celebrations as we know them have roots in the pre-Christian era and the original word in Old Norse was jól - or Yule.

We will be offering family-friendly guided tours daily during December, except on Mondays when we are closed.

Guided tours:
Tuesday – Saturday:  12:00 in Norwegian and  13:00 in English.
Sunday:  12:00 and  14:00 in Norwegian and  13:00 in English.

Christmas hygge by the fireplace

The Iron Age Farm’s Café Ask and Embla will also be open throughout December,  selling Christmas porridge, a range of lunch items and snacks, buns or something else sweet to go with your coffee. We will also have plenty of drinks that will help warm you up on a cold day. And it goes without saying that we will be selling ginger biscuits.

There are always flames in the fireplaces at the Iron Age Farm, creating a cosy atmosphere for what is a pre-Christmas experience with a twist. Warm yourself by the fire inside the visitor centre while enjoying a historical view.
Meanwhile, in the longhouse it can feel a little strange to sit around the fireplace knowing that a family sat in exactly the same spot 1500 years ago as they prepared for the darkest point in the year, waiting for the sun to return.

Christmas workshops

We will also be running Christmas workshops every Sunday during advent from 11:00 to 15:30.

Sunday 1 Dec: Returning sun ring
Sunday 8 Dec: Straw craft workshop - we will be making Christmas decorations from straw.
Sunday 15 Dec: We will be making Christmas decorations: a cute Christmas donkey that you can hang on your tree or that makes a great gift.
Sunday 22 Dec: We will be making ginger biscuits.

On Saturday 21 Dec, we will be offering drop-in needle-binding around the fireplace in the cafe from  12:00 to 14:00.

Needle-binding is an old handicraft technique. You use a flat needle, preferably made from wood or bone, and woollen thread. You needle-bind by creating a loop and running the needle and thread through it. The knot that is formed is not tightened, but forms the next loop. The mesh size is determined by the size of your thumb. Needle-binding usually uses wool since a new thread is tied when felting. Needle-binding results in a more durable finish than knitting, but is more time consuming. The technique can be used to make garments such as socks and mittens. Needle-binding also has the benefit of not unravelling.

We will also be open during Twixmas on 27, 28 and 29 Dec. On Sunday 29 Dec, the workshop will be open and we will be making bird food.

Opening hours at the Iron Age Farm during December are as follows:

Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00 - 15:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 16:00
Closed Mondays

Closed 14.12, 23.12  - 26.12, 31.12 og 01.01.2020