Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14, 2018.
Moran State Park, Orcas Island, WA
The Althing is an annual gathering sponsored by the Irminsul Ættir to celebrate the traditions of the Old Norse and Germanic people. The event is open to all who wish to participate in frið and goodwill. Come explore the mysteries and magic of the runes and seið, participate in rituals and rites honoring the Norse/Germanic gods, learn new skills and meet new people as we celebrate Winterfinding with traditional harvest feasting, sumble, workshops, an auction and many other activities.
Throughout Scandinavia, Sommardag, the first day of Summer, is celebrated on April 14 as the beginning of the bright half of the year, a tradition recorded in the stories of the Old Norse. A budding tree marks the day on the ancient runic calendar. These runic calendars represented the year as being divided into Winter and Summer activities and festivals. As part of our celebration, we will turn our rune calendar over and celebrate the coming of summer.