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The Mysteries of the North – Part Three

SEPTEMBER 20-26 (or 28), 2024

Join us this autumn equinox as we return to the mystical beauty and silence of the North. Iceland is a spiritually deep destination whose soul is embedded in a vast landscape of serenity and grandeur. Its endless spectrum of natural wonders, in the form of glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, volcanoes, thermal pools and oceanside villages, truly make it the “Land of Fire and Ice.” 


The third in our series on the Mysteries of the North, this Quest will take place in an entirely different part of the country from our first Iceland Quest on the Snaefellsnes peninsula and in the Westfjords. We will start with three days in Skalholt, the historic capital of Iceland for 700 years, with its gentle rivers and holy mountain. We then travel to the beautiful Westman Islands off the south coast, often described as Iceland’s best kept secret, where Celtic monks may have practiced their devotions before the arrival of the Norse. We conclude with an optional two days in and around the culturally rich capital city of Reykjavik.


Norse mythology, with its fascinating sagas and eddas, is filled with esoteric depth. There was much more to the Vikings than the familiar stereotype of plunder and mayhem. They were adventurers, artists and shamans who deeply valued the Völvas, seeresses capable of peering into the future. The Icelandic sagas have had an enormous influence on Western literature and were a major source of inspiration for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.


This Quest will continue to bring together leading scholars, artists, writers and seekers, yet will be more experiential and less of a full-scale conference than has been our norm. With guided meditative journeys into Norse mythology, evenings of music, and visits to sacred mountains and thermal baths, there will be more time for contemplation and attunement to nature. We’ll have fewer formal presentations, yet those will be offered with our usual depth, insight and outstanding faculty. We also are designing this Quest to include a budget level of accommodations to invite a wider group of participants into our Fellowship of the Quest.


Complete information on this Quest – itineraries, activities, presentations, faculty, accommodations, pricing and registration – will be coming soon. To stay connected to updates and announcements, be sure to sign up below for our newsletter. See our Past Conferences to explore previous Quests. And feel free to write to us at with any questions.


We look forward to traveling together this September!


About The esoteric quest

Ralph White

The Esoteric Quest is an ongoing conference and travel series engaged with the rediscovery of the lost or half-forgotten spiritual history of the West. It brings together scholars, writers, artists, and performers deeply versed in the Western Esoteric Tradition and offers some of the leading events in the world on this profound topic.

The Quest began in 1995 in Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, the Southern Bohemian mecca of alchemists, with the conference entitled “The Rosicrucian Enlightenment Revisited” (an “esoteric Woodstock” as it was described at the time by Gnosis magazine). It has now continued for 27 years and has addressed such themes as The Italian Renaissance and the Esoteric Traditions in Florence, Italy; the Golden Age of Andalusia in Granada, Spain; the Cathars and Troubadours in 12th century Languedoc in France; and the world of Ancient Alexandria in Egypt.

The Esoteric Quest is more than a study of spiritual history. It seeks to find the relevance of these traditions to our circumstances in the present day and foster deep interest in the wisdom of different cultures and epochs. The speakers and locations are carefully chosen to offer memorable and convivial experiences that enrich our sense of wonder and open us to fresh ways of seeing the world. Its prime ingredients are high-quality learning, an evocative ambiance, and a program that includes the arts and a strong emphasis on building warm community.

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