The Arctic Henge

Arctic Henge

Set in Raufarhöfn, one of the most remote and northernmost villages in Iceland, the Arctic Henge (Heimskautsgerðið) is a newly built monument for the island´s Pagan worshippers, the Ásatrú. Similar to its ancient predecessor, Stonehenge, the Arctic Henge is like a huge sundial, aiming to capture the sun´s rays, cast shadows in precise locations and capture the light between aligned gateways.


History
Initiated in 1996, the ambitious series of circles and stacked basalt columns are placed according to a complex system based on old Norse mythology. Utilising the ideas of a pastor named Kolbeinn Þorleifsson (who believed dwarves corresponded to seasons in the Edda) there are 72 stones, each one representing a different dwarf name. There are also four gates corresponding to the four seasons, and a range of other symbols to explore.  Along with the outer circle, the final henge will be a massive 52 metres in diameter.


Getting There

It´s about 130 km from Húsavík, but good roads all the way, so allow 1.5 hrs.
Follow the road 85 northeast out of Húsavík, past Ásbyrgi, taking the 874 road junction east just before Kópasker. Once in Raufarhöfn, you can´t miss the stones, looming impressively on the hill above the town. There is a short track to drive up, or you can walk if you prefer.
Route map from Húsavík


Links
The Arctic Henge Facebook page
Paganism in Iceland

Nearby Things To See
The Earthquake Centre
Asbyrgi Canyon
Dettifoss Waterfall
Hljoðaklettar Rocks

 

 

 

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