An Esoteric Quest
for the Mysteries of the North in Iceland
August 24 to 29, 2016

Iceland is one of the most beautiful and mystical countries on earth. Long forgotten, it has emerged recently as a brilliant destination that offers an endless spectrum of natural wonders in the form of glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, volcanoes, thermal pools, and ocean side villages, all within a vast setting of silence and grandeur. It is truly the “Land of Fire and Ice.”

This August, the twelfth in the Open Center’s series of conferences on the Esoteric Quest will take place on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the West of Iceland, a place long held sacred in Norse Mythology. Its sparkling ocean and long ridge of protective mountains terminate in the Great Snow Mountain Glacier itself, Snæfellsjökull, long seen as a holy place. While Norse mythology itself is filled with fascination and spiritual depth, there also was much more to the Vikings than the familiar stereotype of plunder and mayhem. They were not only warriors and raiders, but also adventurers, artists and shamans who deeply valued the Völvas, seeresses capable of peering into the future.

The Icelandic sagas, a major source of inspiration for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, are filled, in the words of Seamus Heaney, with “the poetry of the North Atlantic … testimony to the spirit’s ability not only to endure what fate may send it but to be renewed by the experience.” Once again, we invite you to join leading scholars, writers, artists and adventurers as together we enter the great Mysteries of the North in one of the most magical realms on earth.