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.
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.
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:
|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|
|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.
|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|
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.
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.
|Papey Island and its light tower.
|Lighthouse on Papey. The boat was only 200-300 miles away from the lighthouse. Klaus|
|Djúpivogur. Common Pleasure|
|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|