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Guided by spirit-beings

 The spirits wanted him to be their medium. Despite his rejection, they stayed by his side and guided him in a life of helping others

Eiríkur Kristófersson passed away at age 102. Thingeyri.is

Eiríkur Kristófersson (1892-1994) was an Icelandic hero during the famous Cod Wars and a healing medium in his retired life. He received several medals and recognitions for his work within the naval field, both domestically and abroad. 

Besides saving and assisting 640 ships, some of his acknowledgments were the Order of the Falcon  in 1962. This meant that he had completed the five degrees or classes of merit for Iceland and humanity.

A year later, in 1963, he was awarded by the sovereign of the United Kingdom with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, which is

a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organizations, and public service outside the civil service. - Wikipedia

Left: Commander of the Order of the British Empire, United Kingdom. Type II, Civil division. Alexeinikolayevichromanov. Right: Grand Cross breast star of the Order of the Falcon, Republic of Iceland.  Alexeinikolayevichromanov

Eiríkur grew up on the farm Brekkuvellir in Barðaströnd with his parents and 16 siblings. Throughout his life he was loved and highly respected by his friends and acquaintances. 

Eiríkur's parents were Kristófer Sturluson (1857-1927) and Margrét Hákonardóttir (1859-1927). Kristófer was considered more educated than the most in the vicinity. He spoke Danish, a little English, wrote well and was a good carpenter and iron smith. Jón Ketilsson

The first time Eiríkur went out to sea was in 1908, which was the beginning of a lifelong career out on the ocean. Most of his time was spent working for the coast guard and making sure the British and others stayed within  their fishing borders.

Many of the popular songs were about the wars on the territorials waters, like this one by Haukur Morthens:


Eiríkur thanked his old age to the late Dr. Magnús Jóhannsson. Magnús wasn't just any doctor. After his death, he continued his work by healing people through the medium Hafsteinn Björnsson (read about him in my blogs here, here, here and  here. During séances Magnús told Eiríkur on multiple occasions that he had strong energy with him and you can reach me whenever you like

Photo of Dr. Magnús Einar Jóhannsson (1874-1923) After Hafsteinn (the medium) passed away, Eiríkur took over being the worldly communicator for Magnús. Together they healed around 5,000 people, both locally and internationally. Atom

From an early age Eiríkur began attending séances with the Icelandic Society for Psychical Research of  which Einar H Kvaran was a founding father (read about him in my blogs here, here, here, here, and here).

Eiríkur lived on Aðalstræti 8 for a time. Left: What the building used to look like. Kristinn Guðmundsson. Right: What the building looks like today (the white one). While Eiríkur lived there, Einar Kvaran, the founder of the Icelandic Society for Psychical Research lived just down the street on Aðalstræti 16. 

In his early sea days, Eiríkur fell into the ocean and struggled to stay above water. Suddenly, somebody grabbed his right shoulder. Before he knew it, he was back on the boat. The crew on his boat were stunned to see him back safe onboard and wanted to know how on earth he made it safely back. They had seen him in the ocean far away from the boat and then suddenly he began swimming as if there was a motor attached to him. This was humanly impossible, they were certain of it.

During a séance in 1912, a spirit-being channeled through the medium and told Eiríkur that it knew who saved him when he fell into the ocean. The spirit-being wasn't ready to tell him at this time, but would tell him at a later date.

Decades went by without a word. Then in 1963, Eiríkur was attending a séance when the belated Dr. Þorleifur Þorleifsson (1801-1877) from Bjarnarhöfn came through. He was there to tell Eiríkur that it was him who saved him from drowning.

Þorleifur Þorleifsson was a homeopath. Although not a trained doctor, he was known for his clairvoyant ability and to know what was wrong with people and how to help them. In fact, his homeopathic abilities were so successful that he was awarded a medical license. He was also known to be highly intelligent and to be able to tell the future. He saved many people that way.  Tíminn

On January 15th, 1942, Eiríkur and his crew were stationed out on Hornafjörður in south-east Iceland. It was one of the blackest and the shortest days of the year. The weather was stormy and a blizzard from the northeast was making it impossible to see passed your eyeballs.

Höfn is a small fishing town in Hornafjörður. Jean françois bonachera 

The Northern lights in Höfn. Giuseppe Milo

Sunset in Höfn harbor. Emmanuel Milou

While the seamen were at their main post in Hornafjörður, a call came in. Doctor Knútur Kristinsson was needed in Djúpivogur. A woman suffering from postpartum infection was dying.

Dr. Knútur Kristinsson (1894-1972). Sveinn Guðnason

The doctor consulted with the crew about taking him to Djúpivogur. Normally in weather like this the answer would be absolutely not. As Eiríkur was about to tell the doctor they couldn't take him, it was like something took control over him. Instead of rejecting Knútur, he said, 
Well, I am ready to take this trip, that is to say if the crew is willing to go free-willingly. I will not force my men to go.
He gathered the crew and told them about the urgent message. When he was about to ask his men if they were willing to go, something took hold of him and instead he explained that he didn't want to force anyone to go. Those who did not want to take the doctor to Djúpivogur, should step forward. 

There was dead silence and the seamen looked at each other. Eiríkur waited a few minutes to see if anyone would step forward. When nobody did, he said,
Well boys. Since no one stepped forward, refusing to go, I assume you are all going on your own free will and therefore we leave in the name of God.

 As soon as he said those words, he felt a spirit-being attach itself to his right side, on his bare skin. The being was so tight up against him that it was like they were Siamese twins.

Gamli Óðinn was the boat they used to take the doctor to Djúpivogur. Sjómannadagsblaðið

They rushed out and sailed as fast as they could, never slowing down. Truth to be told, Eiríkur didn't really know what he was doing. Eiríkur was sailing without ever pulling out a map or the log book. He sailed out of the fjord and headed towards Stokksnes with his crew.

Even though the storm blocked their line of sight passed their eyeballs, Eiríkur never once wondered where they were. It was like someone whispered into his ear the whole time and he knew exactly where they were.

Eiríkur and his crew sailed towards Austurhorn and Hvítingur.

Eiríkur and his crew left from the Höfn area and were heading up to Austurhorn. Agust Gudmundsson 

South-eastern coast of Iceland. GoogleMaps

Papey. The skinny island on the left (west) is called Saudey. GoogleMaps


Papey Island and its light tower. Shadowgate

They sailed in towards Papey. It was crazy what they were doing. There were skerries everywhere and hidden underwater rocks. Eiríkur began looking for landmarks. West of Papey was a cliff  that he knew well. When they neared the area, the weather was still so bad that they couldn't see anything but the blackness and the blizzard. 

Suddenly, Eiríkur saw the cliff lit up by floodlights. He shouted out to the helmsman, Jón Jónsson, See that cliff over there!? The helmsman didn't know what Eiríkur was rambling on about. there was no cliff in sight. In fact there was nothing but the blizzard in sight.

They were only 200-300 meters away from the lighthouse, but they still couldn't see any sign of it.

Lighthouse on Papey. The boat was only 200-300 miles away from the lighthouse. Klaus

West of Papey is a small island, skinny and long. Eiríkur and the crew called it Langey, but in reality it is called Saudey. It is a rocky divide and a break-off piece of Papey. The water between Saudey and Papey is so narrow that two boats can't fit at the same time. Fortunately, it was deep enough to sail through.

Eiríkur felt the spirit-being guiding him through the narrow path. As they sailed through, Eiríkur saw the same cliff walls being lit up by floodlights on both sides. To sail through there, where no ship had gone before, they shortened their path by about two nautical miles. 

Six hours later, after maneuvering through skerries and jagged underwater rocks, they finally made it to Djúpivogur.

Djúpivogur. Mariejirousek

Eiríkur hadn't rested during the trip and was still feeling sharp and wide awake. As they reached the harbor, he could feel the spirit-being leave his side. In that moment, he also felt his energy depleted and suddenly became exhausted.

Djúpivogur. Common Pleasure

In need of a good rest, Eiríkur sent some of his men with Knútur. He told them to knock on the first door they saw and ask about the woman in need of help.

The doctor was able to save the woman, who would have surely died had he not come to help her.

Eiríkur didn't receive much gratitude for his bravery, rather he was judged for being reckless and playing with the lives of everyone onboard the boat. It became known as Glæfrasiglingin mikla or The Great Reckless Sailing.

Djúpivogur. Rowan Oake


Eiríkur and his crew sailed by Stokksnes. It is located in Vesturhorn, which can be seen in the above map image. Clement127

Universal Studios Stokksnes Viking Village. Gertjan van Noord


Hornafjörður. Tomas Buchtele

Eiríkur spent his entire life helping people. He used his unwavering belief in the afterlife to connect with the departed. With their guidance, he saved and healed many souls.

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