The restaurant and tourist attraction Eden in Hveragerdi, south Iceland, that went bankrupt last year, may soon become the Eye of Odin, a restaurant, entertainment and information center dedicated to old Norse culture.
“Ancient Germanic beliefs of the Nordic people will be displayed there in a modern way in the interpretation of superb Icelandic artists,” Gudbrandur Gíslason, leader of the Eye of Odin group, which will be responsible for operating the new center, told Fréttabladid.
Gíslason said agreements are in the final stages and therefore he is reluctant to reveal details of the new nature of Eden at this point. If everything goes according to plan, the restaurant will open in mid-February and the shows will begin on May 1.
On whether it is appropriate to present heathen values in a place called Eden, Gíslason replied that, “Of course all Christian ideas on how the world was created will be wiped out so the Eden name has to go. It will become the Eye of Odin.”
Mayor of Hveragerdi Aldís Hafsteinsdóttir said she welcomes the arrival of the men of Odin. “It is an interesting idea and an exciting addition to the local culture.”
Eden has been in the ownership of Sparisjódurinn á Sudurlandi, the south Iceland savings bank, for some time and there haven’t been any operations there since the beginning of December.