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Ever experienced making a wish on a wishing well or a wishing fountain perhaps? How about a wishing mountain? Helgafell Holy Mountain have been written and engraved in Icelanders heart since saga period. It is believed that the mountain is a gateway to the otherworld. It has gathered particular respect as times goes by. The Eyrbyggja Saga tells the story of the Helgafell Holy Mountain, to make the story brief, the story deals with the blood feud between the Thorness clan and Kjakkeklings. It started with Hrolf Mostrarkegg, who was banished by King Harold. When he arrived at the mountain, he took the name of his patron god Thor and named himself Thorolf. He built his temple with the image of Thor in his altar. Many followers did the same thing as they built pagan temples around the mountain Helgafell. In the 13th century, the pagan temples were replaced by Christian Churches thus evolving the place into monastic center and scriptorium. But if you believe in anthropomorphism, then the great spiritual energy that the mountain Helgafell possess should be of your great interest as well. Thorolf made his commandments on this mountain too, he commanded that no one should pollute, sacrifice anything of any kind and few more. So in making those wishes which is strongly believed that it would be granted, you must also follow some steps.

Five Steps in making a wish at Helgafell Holy Mountain:

1. First things first, you have to locate the mountain. It’s on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula about 170 meters from north of Reykjavik. It is near the town of Stykkisholmur.

Here is a map to Helgafell Holy Mountain



2. When you found the mountain Helgafell, you need to find Gudrun Osvifrsdottir’s grave, it is fenced in and on its own, you can just go north of the church graveyard if you can’t really find it. Gudrun is a part of the love triangle on the popular Laxdaela Saga. When she gave up her maneating ways, she became a nun. When Gudrun died, she was buried at the foot of the mountain. Her grave is your starting point. (Isn’t it thrilling?)

3. Okay now you need to start climbing up the mountain. Okay here is the catch, you need NOT to say anything, look backwards or even think of anything bad. Your wish should be pure and free of guilt. Now if you feel like it is way too difficult not to look back, just relax and just gaze at your feet. And if you can’t hold your tongue, just think of happy thoughts related to your wish or meditate on your wish. Just don’t think of anything stupid like you want this wish just to test the mountain or something like that. If your head is full of clouds of anger or anything negative, stop, breathe and clear your mind first before starting on your foot again.

4. Okay now you need to start climbing up the mountain. Okay here is the catch, you need NOT to say anything, look backwards or even think of anything bad. Your wish should be pure and free of guilt. Now if you feel like it is way too difficult not to look back, just relax and just gaze at your feet. And if you can’t hold your tongue, just think of happy thoughts related to your wish or meditate on your wish. Just don’t think of anything stupid like you want this wish just to test the mountain or something like that. If your head is full of clouds of anger or anything negative, stop, breathe and clear your mind first before starting on your foot again.

5. When you reach the top, you need to find the ruins. It is easy, as you only need to find the only manmade things on the top. Don’t worry because the path you are taking conveniently leads directly to the ruins. These ruins are from the chapel of monastery back in 12th and 13th centuries. They will be the witness of your wish. Keep in mind that they were once witness of wishes too but in the term of prayers. Just remember this as you go for the final step.

6. Now turn and face east. Make your wish! You need a good and very reliable compass for this, because your mind compass might fool you once you have been totally drowned by your wish. And then after making your wish on the Helgafell Holy Mountain, you are now on your own.

By the way, you can make three wishes. But you know what they say, be careful what you wish for. Be simple yet deep within your words. Don’t wish in general or very particular. After that you can now have you freedom of speech back. So good luck wishing on Helgafell Holy Mountain!

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