Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson carrying a drinking horn at the Winter Solstice ceremony last night.

Icelandic Pagans celebrate Winter Solstice at new temple site

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.

The temple is being constructed in the woodland covered hill of Öskjuhlíð in Reykjavik.

Iceland's first pagan temple in 1000 years ready in late 2018

2 Dec 2017 The Ásatrú temple in Öskjuhlíð in Reykjavik will be ready in the latter part of next year. There's been a break in construction of the temple but construction will begin again in January.

Members of the Ásatrú religion in Iceland conducting a ceremony for the spirit guardians of Iceland.

Enormous increase in Pagan Ásatrú religion in Iceland

28 Mar 2017 Since 2014 there has been a 50% increase in registered members of the Ásatrú pagan religious movement in Iceland which worships the ancient Norse gods such as Ódin, Thor and Freyja.

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