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Seeress’s Temple Opens in North Iceland

A new museum called Spákonuhof, or Seeress’s Temple, opened in Skagaströnd, northwest Iceland last week. It showcases an exhibition dedicated to the local settler Thórdís spákona (“the seeress”), who was mentioned in a few Icelandic sagas.

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From the opening. Photos courtesy of the museum.

Thórdís is probably best known for having fostered Thorvaldur vídförli (“the widely-traveled”), Iceland’s first missionary, Morgunbladid reports.

In addition to an exhibition about Thórdís, the temple includes four booths where visitors can take a look into the future with various methods.

In the first booth people’s fortunes are told with cards, the second with cups, the third with ancient runes and the fourth with palm reading.

The museum also has facilities for screening movies and giving presentations.

The idea of building a Seeress’s Temple dedicated to Thórdís spákona came to two friends, Dagný Sigmarsdóttir and Sigrún Lárusdóttir, in 2007.

In May 2010, they were presented with a building in Skagaströnd known as Tunnan (“The Barrel”), which used to be owned by the municipality.

By that time, they had already asked the designers Ernst and Ágústa Backman to make a full-size silicon figure of Thórdís spákona.

Once the facilities had been secured, the designers started working on the exhibition with the aid of set designer and visual artist Sigurjón Jóhannsson.

The museum is open every day except Mondays from 11 am to 5 pm.

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