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Experience the Magic of Icelandic Graveyards During Winter Time

Iceland, a captivating island with its incredible natural wonders, attracts visitors from all over the world year after year.  While there are countless breathtaking sights to explore, the  one unique experience that shouldn’t be missed is visiting the graveyards during wintertime. It’s a truly special and meaningful part of Icelandic culture.

Beliefs and Traditions

In Icelandic folklore, a fascinating belief surrounds the first person to be buried in a particular graveyard. This individual is believed to become the guardian of that sacred place, guiding and protecting those who come after. Throughout the country, you’ll find numerous graveyards, often accompanied by charming churches. It’s customary to bury loved ones in the church they were a part of during their lifetime. These churchyards are lovingly maintained, with carefully carved paths among the graves.

Graveyards in Iceland during Winters
Decorated Cemetery in Iceland during Christmas

Caring for the Graveyards, Especially at Christmas

Throughout history, gravestones of varied sorts have always existed, with fancy
inscriptions, poems, and lines that over time have become a sort of record and culture for the people. Families who bury their loved ones also try to ensure care over the tombstones of their departed. Flowers are delivered and overall care is taken of the area surrounding the grave. It is common to find several graves adorned with lights, especially during festive periods. The abundance of geothermal plants in the country also helps to make electricity affordable, hence lighting up graveyards.

Enchanting Scenery and Serenity

It’s heartwarming to see how families ensure their departed loved ones are not forgotten during the holiday season. The decorations not only create a welcoming and well-lit ambiance but also add a touch of scenic beauty. The graveyards emanate a profound sense of peace, tranquility, and harmony with nature. Visitors often come to pay their respects, find solace in the serene surroundings, or simply admire the mesmerizing sights. Winter is an especially captivating time to visit, as the tombstones and grounds are covered in a pristine white blanket of snow, while the lights shimmer brightly. Many of these graveyards are adorned with majestic trees, a striking contrast to the urban landscapes with fewer trees.

Graveyards in Iceland during Winters
Christmas lights accompany the tombstones and Church

Christmas in Iceland is a blend of tradition, religion, and heartfelt remembrance. It’s a time when families come together to honor and remember their departed loved ones. On Christmas Eve, you may witness family members gathering at the gravesites, lighting candles as a poignant symbol of love and cherished memories.

Graveyards in Iceland during Winters
Graveyards during Winters

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Immerse yourself in the rich traditions and natural wonders of Iceland, including the enchanting graveyards, during your unforgettable journey.

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