Enter Modern Paganism with Iceland’s Artic Henge

If you thought Pagan beliefs were stuck in the history books, think again. In one of Iceland‘s most remote villages, stands an intricate work-in-progress that could give Stonehenge a run for its money. The Arctic Henge project saw its first inception in 1996. Its concept is inspired by an ancient Norse Eddic called Voluspa, or the Prophecy of the Seeress poem. The poem speaks of 72 dwarves representing each season of the world, as well as other famous ancient Nordic beliefs and concepts.

The monument currently consists of a central column and one of four gates. It will be an intricate layout of 72 blocks, each with a Dwarven name inscribed on them. They will be surrounding the four gates, which will then encircle the central column. Various aspects of Norse legend will influence the layout and design of this monument. It will hold significance to its ancient roots, while opening new appreciation for a Neo-Pagan movement as well.

Once the monument is completed, visitors will be able to view the Midnight Sun. Various vantage point layout will offer a spectacular sight, in accordance with the season and time of day.

As of now, construction is still underway, however, once the Arctic Henge is open to visitors, it could very well become the go-to site for Neo-Paganism. So, whether you’re in it for the unique architecture, the mysterious folklore behind it, or the history and mysticism buff in you wants to get in touch with your inner Ancient Norse curiosity, this is definitely the place to be added to your travel list.

Arctic Henge

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