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 😀
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.