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Spell spots – mysterious places in Iceland

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Icelanders have always known that their island is not only beautiful but also dangerous. Everything because of strange spirits that have not always wished people well. That means one thing – in this land you have to be constantly cautious...

Ice­landers have always known that their island is not only beau­ti­ful but also dan­ger­ous. Every­thing because of strange spir­its that have not always wished peo­ple well. That means one thing – in this land you have to be con­stant­ly cautious…


Ladies and phantoms

Recent­ly we’ve had in our minds one thing – we’ve been dream­ing of the begin­ning of a true spring, actu­al­ly two springs. Like every year not one, but two springs are wait­ing for us – Pol­ish and Ice­landic because we always arrive in Ice­land in the late April. In the last days of crav­ing for green­ery and recall­ing the amaz­ing views of idyl­lic lush Ice­land, we start­ed to look through the last year’s pic­tures. The pho­to review remind­ed us of the meet­ing with Garðar, a very nice farmer who we met while hitchhiking.

Iceland spell spots

It was sup­posed to be our stan­dard week­end. We want­ed to go on a hike and camp in some sort of over­whelm­ing­ly beau­ti­ful place. We’d been in the car with Garðar for two hours already. When you com­pare him to a typ­i­cal Viking’s descen­dant, he was quite unusu­al as there was no pos­si­ble way to chat him through. He drove hold­ing the stir­ring wheel with just one hand as he steadi­ly stroked his long white beard with the oth­er. In the mean­time, he was indulging him­self with a plen­ty of salty skull-shaped liquorice. Just a moment before we were to fin­ish our ride, he asked us where exact­ly we were head­ing. When we showed the near­by mead­ow, where the start­ing point of our trail was, his face sud­den­ly fell. It start­ed to be awk­ward­ly silent in the car, which was real­ly odd, con­sid­er­ing our pre­vi­ous fun­ny chat.

— Garðar, is… every­thing all right?
— Yup, why?
— You look as if you had seen a ghost.
— Guys, maybe you’re gonna see it too. 

We looked at each oth­er with Adam a lit­tle bit confused.

— Damn it, I’ll tell you. Every­one knows that a phan­tom lives here! When she wants, she can make you see dou­ble, she splits into two. Sil­ly hag!

It turned out that for gen­er­a­tions peo­ple have been telling intrigu­ing sto­ries about that incon­spic­u­ous mead­ow. What’s more, this area belongs to the so-called álagablet­tir.

Icelanders have always known that their island is not only beautiful but also dangerous. Everything because of strange spirits that have not always wished people well. That means one thing – in this land you have to be constantly cautious...

Don’t you dare!

The mys­te­ri­ous word álagablet­tir means an enchant­ed place where strange and uniden­ti­fied pow­ers lurk. These regions are often char­ac­terised by supe­ri­or beau­ty, lush­ness and fer­til­i­ty. Despite their excel­lent con­di­tions for cul­ti­va­tion, no one and under no cir­cum­stances can inter­vene in their struc­ture. If some impru­dent farmer for­got about that and for exam­ple with­out any par­don ploughed some plot, many unpleas­ant things could have hap­pened to him. Although peo­ple were aware of all the dan­gers that lurked for them, some­times they just dared to tres­pass the ter­ri­to­ry of álagablet­tir.

Icelanders have always known that their island is not only beautiful but also dangerous. Everything because of strange spirits that have not always wished people well. That means one thing – in this land you have to be constantly cautious...

That’s because the sneaky phan­toms have con­stant­ly been ready to test their mag­i­cal skills and they have made every effort to allure wan­der­ers. And the dare­dev­ils were severe­ly pun­ished. For exam­ple, all, who stole a size­able por­tion of berries from enchant­ed places, lost sen­sa­tion in their hands after a moment. The worst part of it was that they might remain stiff to the end of their lives. Often peo­ple were so scared of these areas, that when the term álagablet­tir had to be said, it was nev­er said loud­ly, but whis­pered. No won­der, it is bet­ter not to pro­voke the omi­nous spirits…

For­tu­nate­ly, our idyl­lic week­end was not spoiled by the wicked ghosts. In any case, if you want to pick some deli­cious berries in Ice­land, think twice 😉

Icelanders have always known that their island is not only beautiful but also dangerous. Everything because of strange spirits that have not always wished people well. That means one thing – in this land you have to be constantly cautious...

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