The Creative Chronicles

Iceland Christmas Holidays, One of the Best Times to Visit Iceland and Experience Icelandic Traditions

The first settlers in Akureyri (the largest town in the north) were Helgi magri and Þórunn hyrna. Their story is a good record on the religion of the Icelandic settlers in general. Helgi magri (Helgi the slim) was both a Christian and Heathen. His farm had the name of Kristnes but on the way over from Norway he and his wife prayed to the Thunder God Thor for good weather and guidance to shore. Helgi continued to be a Christian on land and Heathen at sea. It was more convenient that way.

“Glöggt er Gests Augað” ­ “Distinctly Sees the Guest’s Eye” – Iceland Airwaves

“Everyone in Iceland is an artist” an American artist said to me two years ago. She said that anyone she met in Iceland, does some sort of art, either professionally or not. She says that we write, make music or craft-work. But do we know that and do we see it? Do we appreciate it? Do we understand what it means?