Nordic Faith Growing in Iceland

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  October 10, 2006 — Leave a comment

The Iceland Review reports that the Icelandic Ministry of Justice has allowed local Nordic Heathen group Asatruarfelagid (Icelandic Asatru Association), to expand from two legally officiating priests to five (there are a total of eight priests within the organization, but not all have legal authority).

“The religious community Asatruarfelagid has over 1000 registered members and as of July, eight priests. According to Morgunbladid, Asatruarfelagid announced that with more priests they can finally live up to the community??s policy of offering religious services countrywide. Until recently, only head priest Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson and his substitute were allowed to offer marital services. But now the Ministry of Justice has granted three other priests the same rights. The latest newcomers to the rank of pagan priests are Baldur Palsson and Haukur Halldorsson, who were ordained as priests at a sacred ceremony at Thingvellir last July.”

This is a sure sign that Asatru is quickly gaining adherents in Iceland. In 2005 they reported only 700 members, so a growth of 300 members in a year is substantial.

Jason Pitzl-Waters