Are you a lover of the macabre? Visit the witchcraft museum in Hólmavík, Iceland to learn about the country’s history with sorcery. Follow the Blue House Blog for more.
Witches in Iceland?
Many people don’t know about this country’s history with magic, but the Witchcraft Museum Iceland tells you all the gory details. Like many countries, Iceland had a rocky relationship with suspected sorcerers. In 1652, a man was burned at the stake. He had tried to conjure a ghost to harm his enemy, but his pals weren’t having it. A witchhunt followed, lasting from 1654-1690. A further sixteen men and one woman were killed during this time, which is known as the fire century, or Brennuöldin. Is it getting hot in here, or is it just us?
So, what can you find in the Witchcraft Museum Iceland?
Also called Strandurgaldur, the Museum is located in the Town of Hólmavík, and there are a bunch of different artefacts capable of churning even the strongest stomachs:
Firstly, there is the Angurgapì, one of the most magical staves in Iceland. People can feel its power just by being near it. You can also marvel at the magical symbol for making yourself invisible.
Also, there are models of the terrifying Tiferi, a form of milk sucking demon sent by women to steal milk from local farmers. The demons vomit up a flawless and pure form of butter, yum! The women who use them are recognisable by a mark on their inner thigh; a wart where the Tiferi feeds. Sorry to those of you who were eating your breakfast.
Plus, the only ceremonial Viking artefact ever found in Iceland is available here. This is a stone for summoning the gods, which contains traces of sacrificed animal blood.
The necropants, however, disturb us the most. There’s a model on display of what these fleshy trousers would have looked like, and trust us, it’s not pretty. To make your own necropants, you’d have to (politely) ask a local if you could use his flesh after death. If he lets you, you were then to cut the skin of his legs off in one piece. You’d then wear his skin as if it was your own. You should steal a coin from a stolen widow along with the magical sign nábrókarstafur written on a piece of paper, and place it in the scrotum. As a result, money should naturally fall into the pants, and encourage familial wealth. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Is Witchcraft Museum Iceland affordable?
It is moderately priced and offers guides in English, Czech, French, Russian and Spanish, Hebrew, German, Russian, and Italian. Its opening hours are 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:00. Further Information can be found on their website.
The Witchcraft Museum Iceland boasts a number of charming treasures perfect for lovers of the macabre. Would you like to visit this spooky museum? Let us know in the comment section down below!