Vegvísir is one of many magical staves used commonly in Iceland for protection, healing, or luck during the middle ages and later. The images of these staves are preserved in a number of grimoires dating from the 17th century and on.
The origin of this particular type of magic is not know, although some of the staves bear similarities to Norse runic culture. Each symbol has a specific meaning relevant to the worries of Icelanders at the time.
Vegvísir is said to protect the bearer from harsh weather.