Construction at the new Ásatrú temple in Öskjuhlíð, Reykjavik has come to a temporary halt due to engineering challenges. The unique design of the building, by architect Magnús Jensson, is not simple in execution.
Construction will begin again in early August according to High Chieftain of the Ásatrú religion, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson. He hopes that the temple will open in May or June 2018.
The temple will be the first "hof" or main temple in Northern Europe for 900 years. The Ásatru society has been located in a temporary location in central Reykjavik but due to a great increase of members in recent years the space is not sufficient.
The Icelandic Ásatrú follows the belief systems of the Old Norse religion, or germanic neopaganism.
For our in-depth video interview in English with High Chieftain Hilmarsson see below: