((Odroerir: The Heathen Journal note: We wanted to make a few clarifications. This isn’t the first “Asatru” temple in 900 years. It’s the first publicly recognized “Asatru” temple in Europe- ever. Modern day Asatru and pre-Christian Heathenism should not be mistaken for one another. The former is inspired by the latter, but they are not the same thing. Also, we corrected a spelling error. “Goth” should be “Gothi”. But since this is relevant news, we are sharing it, and will continue to share updates as they develop.))
Members of the Asatru society are hopeful that construction will commence soon on the building of a “hof” or a temple building in Öskjuhlíð, Reykjavik. The building has already been designed by architect Magnús Jensson but a building licence has not yet been awarded due to several remarks and changes to the design, according to the “gothi” (high priest) of the society, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, who is also a well known Icelandic composer.
An article in Morgunbladid today states that the temple will be the first “hof” or main temple in Northern Europe for 900 years. The Asatru society has been located in a temporary location in central Reykjavik but due to a great increase of members in recent years the space is not sufficient.
The Icelandic Asatru follows the belief systems of the Old Norse religion, or germanic neopaganism. The Asatru society was founded in Iceland in 1972 by farmer Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson and initially had 12 members.