Icelandic Road Trip – Holmavik and the museum of Iceland Sorcery and Witchcraft

The planning of that day was a bit scary, we had a lot of driving ahead of us towards the Westfjords ! We took road 1 then road 61 towards Hólmavík and the museum of Iceland Sorcery and Witchcraft and decided to have a break over there before taking road 643 towards the Nature Park of Strandir. On our way, we stopped several time to enjoy the landscape of the West part of Iceland.

The museum was very tiny but showed an interesting side of the Icelandic folklore by presenting stories about witchcraft and the Black Arts in general. The museum is built on the spot of the country’s most famous witch trial. There are plenty of grimoires, spells, books and they even give you tips to create a monster..

“To acquire a tilberi, a woman has to steal a human rib from a churchyard in the early hours of Whit Sunday, wrap it in gray wool and keep it between her breasts. The next three times she takes Holy Communion, she must spit the sacramental wine over the bundle. The third spurt of holy wine will bring the tilberi to life. When it grows larger and the ‘mother’ can no longer conceal it in her bosom, she must cut loose a piece of skin on the inside of her thigh and make a nipple which the tilberi will hang on to, and draw nourishment from her body fluids.”

There was also a café next to the museum where we stopped to have some food, that was really good. We had a mussel soup ! The owners were lovely and very weird looking :D

We headed towards Strandir, and on our way, we stopped at Kluka, the Sorcerers Cottage, a traditional grass house which is part of the museum of Iceland Sorcery and Witchcraft.

Packing my Suitcase
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39 responses to “Icelandic Road Trip – Holmavik and the museum of Iceland Sorcery and Witchcraft

  1. I LOVE the sound of this museum, right up our street! We spend hours in the witchcraft section of the Kriminal Museum in Rothenburg! :) #mondayescapes

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  2. Nice article wish to have one in the city were i live,Benevento,Italy. It’s a city know for the past linked to the witchcraft.

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      • The Witches of Benevento

        Legend has it that Benevento is a land of witches and has been for thousands of years. The origins of the legend lie with the Egyptian cult of Isis — goddess of magic and mystery among other things — which found fertile ground in Benevento during the Roman era. The cult remained an important force here even after the cult was replaced by Christianity in other parts of Italy. When the Longobards from Central Europe took the town in A.D. 571, they imported their own religion, a nature cult based on the adoration of the god Wothan and his sacred walnut tree. They elected an old walnut near the Ponte Leproso as the town’s sacred tree. (The Ponte Leproso was a bridge built by the Romans over the Sabato River at the Via Appia’s entrance to Benevento; the bridge is still in use today, and you can see it by taking a short walk west of the Teatro Romano.) Around this walnut tree — known as the Noce di Benevento — the Longobards held their nocturnal open-air rituals which, combined with knowledge of the cult of Isis and the vivid imagination of the locals, gave rise to the witchcraft legend.

        The Longobards were converted to the Catholic religion by Saint Barbato, the town’s bishop, in the 7th century A.D., and the bishop had the tree cut down. The dances stopped; yet, some say, the witches remained, and can still be seen dancing by the site on certain nights.

        As soon as possible i will make an article with a photowalk of the city.

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  3. Great. I never visited the museum in Holmavík. The weather was too good. But I was in Kluka last summer, since we had accommodation right beside. So it was very practical! ;)

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