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Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour: Meet the Elves, Trolls & Ghosts of Iceland

Reykjavík, Iceland
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Iceland has a strong mythical tradition, with all sorts of elves, trolls, and other popular folkloric characters, not to mention 13 iterations of Santa. On this guided tour of Reykjavik, go into the oldest part of town to learn all about these creatures and their stories, with stops at the oldest graveyard in the city, an elf stone, and to the Reykjavik Pond, where aquatic monsters are believed to dwell.
  • Walk through the oldest part of Reykyavik
  • Learn about local myths through a professional guide
  • Visit the oldest operational cemetery in the city
  • Stop by the local pond, where you may spot a water monster


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Walking tour
, Jan 2020
This tour was very fun and we learned a lot about Iceland's stories. Great way to walk around Reykjavik on our first day.
Great Tour
, Dec 2019
Our Tour guide Bardi was great (informative and funny). It is a City Tour of a „different kind“. Try it yourself if you like stories of elfes, trolls, Odin, Thor... 😊
Great Tour
, Nov 2019
Even on a chilly November afternoon, we enjoyed our tour and loved Baldi's anecdotes. The tour gave us a different view of typical tourist places, and gave us a chance to venture out to areas we wouldn't have visited otherwise.
Snædís Rocks!
Jessica A
, Nov 2019
Really enjoyed the mythical tour. Snædís was an awesome guide, and made it really fun. Iceland has some wacky lore, so it was cool to hear about it from a local. Highly recommended!
This tour was super cute
Amanda M
, Oct 2019
Great tour to get fun history of Iceland. Lots of great stories and background information. Snaedis was a great guide!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you for the kind words, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review Regards Valur
Fun tour
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide was great we learned a lot about the mythical people of Iceland. Our 10 year old son loved it.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank for taking the time to leave us a review Glad your 10 year old loved it ;) Regards Valur Your Friend In Reykjavik
, Sep 2019
This tour was great! Our guide was very funny and told us several stories along the way. Not only did we learn about the myths and legends of Iceland, we also learned a little history as well. Definitely a good tour!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you so much for the kind words ;) Regards Valur Your Friend In Reykjavik
, Jun 2019
Really fun tour with an interesting and funny guide. And he can sing. We had a great time learning about the different folktales of Iceland. We were all kept fully engaged and entertained the entire time. Want to know about necropants? You'll have to take the tour and find out. Highly Recommend!
Entertaining & Educational
, Apr 2019
We loved hearing the Icelandic folk tales from our guide Stefan. We walked to different locations (even to the cemetery!) to hear about the magic of elves and trolls. I highly recommend this tour for those who are fans of mythology or fantasy. We had a great time!
A fun way to learn about Icelandic folklore and myths!
, Mar 2019
This was such a great tour to get some background on the mythic & folklore traditions of Iceland! Our guide Stefan was amazing! He told us all the folktales and myths in a lively, engaging way that we really appreciated. Instead of summarizing the stories, he actually told them to us with so much expression and even sound effects that I think made the tour and really gave us a feel for these stories that are a big part of oral storytelling tradition here. He was also a trooper because our tour was outdoors and complete with strong winds, rain, snow, and freezing rain all in the span of an hour and a half and he didn't seem the least bit fazed. He kept us entertained through a long stretch of bad weather and we had a great time! This is a great experience for anyone looking for a fun way to learn about Icelandic folklore and myths.

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