Fire and Ice: The Magic, Mystery and Sagas of Iceland 2017

Fire and Ice: The Magic, Mystery and Sagas of Iceland October 1 - 8, 2017

Between 2010 when Sherry and I first journeyed to Iceland and now, there has been a great change – not in Iceland but in the number of tourist. All Icelanders I talked with agreed that even within one year, the increase in tourism has been very pronounced. Over the decades I’ve seen the same effect at various sacred sites around the world such as Machu Picchu in Peru. Don’t delay - join us next September and journey with us to Iceland.

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Learn about supernatural beliefs, culture, myths, and Iceland’s strange mysterious landscape. As we explore Icelandic nature and its landscape we will begin to learn about the country’s history. As we proceed in our seeking we will begin to believe in what most Icelanders already know; elves, trolls and other mythical beings really do exist. Venture into a land of mystery where Icelandic folklore, mythology, tales and traditions will be revealed. Deep inside Iceland’s underworld, folk stories and fairytales about mystical beings, scary or funny, will have a different feel to them. In the landscape shaped by ice and geothermal activity, where the view of boiling hot springs and crystal clear cascading waterfalls awaken your imagination. We will visit areas where the sagas of the Icelanders originated. These Norse sagas were written in the 13th and 14th centuries by unknown authors in Iceland. The stories are about life in Iceland around the year 1000 A.D. They are considered by many the most important historical records of Viking life and are also acclaimed by many as literary masterpieces. In the sagas, tales of the supernatural abound from encounters of supersized ghosts and powerful sorcerers to dreams that predict a character’s fate. This belief is still strongly held in Iceland today. Furthermore, we will delve deeply into the spiritual and warrior meaning of the Völsunga saga. This is a legendary saga, a late 13th century Icelandic prose rendition of the origin and decline of the Völsung clan (including the story of Sigurd and Brynhild and destruction of the Burgundians). The saga covers themes including the power struggles among Sigurd’s ancestors; Sigurd’s killing of the dragon Fafnir; and the influence of the ring Andvaranaut.

The Adventure of Fire and Ice Begins in Reykjavik and the Land of the Sagas

Our guide will meet you at the airport and transport you to Reykjavik and our lodging for two nights. Our first day journey will take us to the mystical site: Hjörleifshöfði cave named after the Viking Hjörleifur Hróðmarsson. People have encountered a lot of unexplainable phenomena and many have been strongly affected by this place. On our way to the cave we will stop at the Saga Centre which offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the vast and fascinating world of the Sagas. As you step through the entrance of the Centre you will find yourself transported back in time. Visitors will be captivated by the deep and rich history of the Sagas. Experience the dramatic and fascinating story of the Viking age with all its romance, conflict, love, and death. Further on, we will visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the Icelandic Hermit Cave of Gljufrabui . On our return to Reykjavik we will climb to the top of Althing located in Thingvellir National Park—the most sacred site in Iceland. Throughout the Norse world, open-air governmental assemblies called þing (things) met regularly, usually once a year in most of the Norse lands.

The Mystical Peninsula of Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsjökull - Photo by Kat

Snæfellsjökull - Photo by Kat

We leave Reykjavik and travel through Borgarfjordur, the heart of Iceland’s Viking country, to Snæfellsjökull - The Mythical Glacier on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Mt. Stapafell. It is here where we will spend the next four nights over-looking the Atlantic Ocean. This peninsula is a continuously evolving landscape of volcanoes, geysers and lava fields, the whole of Iceland is a geological treasure; and Snæfellsjökull is the absolute jewel in the crown. Used by Jules Verne as the setting for his novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth, the Glacier is an enduring source of inspiration for mystics, artists, photographers and poets. It is the well-spring of Icelandic mythology and Viking legends, looming over a strange land where dwarves still lurk in the crannies, elves hide in the mossy banks and ogres stomp across the ice. These are the Hidden Ones. The Glacier and I have a special soul relationship. It is a powerful chakra and energy vortex—the Heart Chakra of the Earth and one of the great energy centers of the Earth. Supposedly, the Glacier is connected with Mt Shasta and the Keops Pyramid in Egypt—a ley line from the pyramid goes directly through Reykjavik and the Glacier. This ley line is connected with Orion star system. Here we will visit many mystical places such as the Sönghellir (Singing Cave of the Viking shaman- Bárður), known for its echoes and ancient inscriptions on the walls. Bárður, a great Viking shaman, sensed the energy and power said to radiate from the glacier. He was born in the northern part of Norway, had a Sami grandmother who was a shaman, and was brought up among dwarfs in the Mountains in Norway where he studied shamanism. Bárður is perceived as a guardian or a god of the Glacier and the surrounding area. Locals refer to him as Bárður Snæfellsás, which means Bárður, God of Snæfellsjökull.

Experiences of a Life-Time

We will conduct ceremony and incantations in Bárður’s cave. In addition, we will visit Bárðarlaug pool – the pool of Bárður, Einbúi - a rock structure and a dwelling of the Elves or Hidden Ones, the Black Beach - a source of power of the eternal alchemy of oneness with the merging of fire and water, Mt. Helgafell - if you climb it without looking back or uttering a word you receive three wishes. These are only a few of the experiences of our adventure. It will be an awesome journey not to be missed. For our final night we return to Reykjavik. As reward for an adventurous journey, we spend time soaking in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulphur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from various ailments. If you are adventurous with a Viking spirit, homesteaders they were not, make a small sacrifice of time and money and join Rev. Sherry Husfelt and Dr. JC Husfelt in this once in a lifetime experience. Enjoy and experience the myth, magic, beauty and power of Iceland.. Fee: $2995 includes lodging, breakfast, teachings, and transportation within Iceland. Does not include airfare to and from Iceland. IMG_1541Rev. Dr. JC Husfelt, author of I Am a Sun of God and So Are You, The Return of the Feathered Serpent, Do You Like Jesus—Not the Church? , and Return of a Green Philosophy: The Wisdom of Óðinn, the Power of Þórr, and Freyja’s Power of Nature, is a philosopher, shaman, and mystic as well as a poet, martial artist, visionary, and exemplary prophet. Rev. Sherry Husfelt and Dr. Husfelt have sought the mystery and myth, the spiritual and healing lore of indigenous cultures throughout the world. Their adventures have taken them from their present home on the edge of a fjord in Western Washington through the Americas, to the icy plateaus and volcanos of Iceland and through the windswept barrens of the British Isles, onward across the Orkney Islands, Norway, continental Europe and the Mediterranean, to Asia and Polynesia. Dr. Husfelt’s teachings are based on his first-hand experience of the lands and cultures that are an opus of his knowledge and wisdom.