23 Dec 2017 Yesterday was the shortest day of the year and in Iceland the sun was only in the sky for four hours and seven minutes. Members of the Ásatrú religion celebrated Winter Solstice with a blót (sacrificial) ceremony at Öskjuhlíð hill in Reykjavik, which is also the site for the new Ásatrú temple set to rise next summer.
5 Sep 2016An important archeological discovery was made this weekend by a group of hunters in Iceland. They picked up a sword thought to be from the tenth century which was placed on a pagan grave at the beginning of Iceland's settlement.
29 Mar 2016A centuries old man-made cave on three floors by the Eyjafjöll mountains in North Iceland lies within a sheepcote which is now being rebuilt. Morgunblaðið interviewed the brothers who are building it who told of the dark tales associated with it which include Nazis and ancient pagan sacrifices.
26 Jan 2016Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, high chieftain of the pagan Ásatrú religion in Iceland spoke to Iceland Monitor about the origins of the traditional Þorrablót festival, taking place all over the country for the next couple of weeks.
14 May 2015It is not just progressive legislation and a tolerant society that draws same-sex brides and grooms here to Iceland. It is also increasingly the allure of a humanist or Old Norse-style ceremony.
20 Apr 2015The Ásatrú society in Iceland will be celebrating the first day of summer which according to Icelandic tradition takes place this Thursday. The pagan summer ritual, or "blót" takes place in the concave grassy area east of the art museum and families are welcome to join in.
19 Mar 2015The Ásatrú society in Iceland will be conducting a special pagan ceremony for the solar eclopse tomorrow morning in Öskjuhlíð, Reykjavík at the site of their new temple. This will be accompanied by a groundbreaking ceremony for the new temple which will be the first Ásatrú temple to be built in Europe for a thousand years.