Arctic Henge, an enigmatic stone monument in Iceland

Arctic Henge, an enigmatic stone monument in Iceland

The Arctic Henge,Iceland

Arctic Henge, an enigmatic stone monument in Iceland

The Arctic Henge (Heimskautsgerði) is located in Raufarhöfn, a small fishing village located on the northeastern coast of Iceland. It is an evocative monument still under construction whose roots lie in ancient Nordic beliefs and neo-pagan beliefs of Norse mythology. The site is inspired by the Völuspá (Prophecy of the Seer), the famous book of the Edda in prose that talks of the beginning and end of the world, starting from 72 dwarfs, mythological creatures that represent the seasons.

The Arctic Henge has a diameter of about 50 meters and is made up of 72 stone blocks, each of which is engraved with the name of a dwarf corresponding to a period of five days. A still incomplete annual circle, with a central column of 10 meters formed by four basalt pillars, surrounded by four large arches six meters high, all representing the 4 seasons. Here lies a huge sundial that, once completed, will be able to capture the sun's rays through the precise alignment of the light between its doors.

This monumental structure, overlooking the Arctic Ocean, is about 80 miles from Húsavík, famous for whale watching and Northern Lights gazing, today enriches the "land of ice and fire" with its majestic and imposing presence. It is an extraordinary attraction ready to take its visitors on a journey through the intriguing world of Icelandic folklore.

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