"The belief in the old Nordic gods." Top 5 Page for this destination Iceland Local Custom Tip by Regina1965
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The Vikings who came to Iceland in ca 874 were mostly "ásatrúar", i.e. they were pantheists and believed in the gods Óđinn, Ţór etc. In the year 1000 Christianity was adopted here in Iceland, and the belief in the old Nordic gods was forbidden by law. But even now there is an authorised religious organisation called Ásatrúarfélagiđ which practices the belief in the old Nordic gods. They have several rituals and can perform a marriage, which I have heard is quite popular. They have regular rituals which are called "blót" in Icelandic.
There are now (2013) 2.148 people which belong to Ásatrúarfélagiđ - 10 years ago they were 636, so more and more people are taking up the old belief.
We get information on the belief in the old Nordic gods from our Sagas, especially Edda saga, and Hávamál and Völuspá. There are so many gods and goddesses and characters in the old Nordic belief. We learn about them in school here in Iceland.
I have made a tip on a very interesting gallery just outside of the town of Hafnarfjörđur called The Viking Circle. It is a gallery on the belief in the old Nordic gods and most of my photos here are from that gallery. The first photo of Óđinn is from the Viking village in Hafnarfjörđur.
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