A couple who run a restaurant and travel service at the farm, Heimabaer, in the Arnardalur valley by Isafjardardjup in the West Fjords are inviting visitors to participate in heathen ceremonies based on the Norse Asatru religion. Anna Sigridur Olafsdottir stated that they want to present this religious part of their cultural heritage to as many people as possible.
In 2007 Anna and her fiancee Ulfur Thor Ulfarsson were married in Iceland's first mixed marriage performed by both a Christian priest, and a heathen chieftain. Both have retained their original religious ties, with Anna belonging to the Asatruarfelagid, and Ulfur belonging to the National Lutheran Church.
Anna describes the ceremony briefly saying : "People are taken to the beach in Arnardalur where a bonfire is lit and the religion introduced to the attendees, then a ceremony takes place in which the attendees participate". Anna is quick to emphasize that this is not " missioneering, which is frowned upon in the Asatru religion", but merely an educational and a historical experience.
As in the ancient times when the ceremonies ended with a feast, Anna goes on to say that, " the tours in Arnardalur end with a banquet in the cowshed where Westfjordian ingredients are emphasized.
If you are interested it is possible to book Asatru tours through Vesturferdir in Isafjordur.
Thanks Again Justin !
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