Icelandic Mythical Walk | Trolls, Elves & Hidden People

Icelandic Mythical Walk | Trolls, Elves & Hidden People
Icelandic Mythical Walk | Trolls, Elves & Hidden People
Icelandic culture is rich in history and folktales.
The legendary elfstone of Iceland.
An illustration of three Icelandic trolls.
The 13 Yule Lads of Iceland.
You will learn about some of the best known Icelandic monsters.
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Explore the depths of Icelandic mythology with this amazing folklore walking tour around Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík, and get a real insight into the lives of the legendary trolls, elves and hidden people that are said to inhabit this land. 

This is a great tour opportunity for all those with an interest in Norse Mythology and the Sagas, as well as those travellers looking to gain an understanding and history of some of the city’s major cultural attractions. 

During this tour, you will learn all about the 13 Yule Lads (the Icelandic version of Santa Clause), as well as listen to numerous tales of the hidden people and their antics, how they have influenced Icelandic culture, storytelling and the psyche of the people. 

On top of that, you will learn the differentiations between trolls and elves, and will come to a great understanding of how such fantasy authors as J.R.R Tolkien found inspiration in this strange and mysterious land. Game of Thrones fans will also love how close they feel to the dark and haunting land of Westeros. 

You will also gain a deeper insight into why Icelanders are such a literary people. Delving into some of the ancient Sagas, you will come to understand how these legendary stories still permeate throughout Icelandic culture, kept alive in the fabric of their society. Did you know that one in ten Icelanders will write and publish a book in their lifetime? 

During this tour, you will visit some of the city’s most iconic attractions. You will first pay a visit to two of Reykjavík’s oldest graveyards, visit “the Elfstone”, the Catholic Cathedral, Tjörnin (the downtown pond) and finally, Parliament House. 

So don’t waste anymore time pondering! Make sure to secure your place on this brilliant and insightful folklore walking tour in Reykjavík today. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 1,5 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Austurvöllur, Ráðhúsið – Reykjavík City Hall, Alþingi, Tjörnin, Ingólfur Square, Hólavallagarður
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 13:00. 17:30, 20:00,

Ingólfstorg Square

Meet up at Ingolfstorg Square in the centre of Reykjavik by the two stone high seat pillars (Over 2 meters high), Please be there in time for departure.

  • Expert guidance

  • Some fun & hopefully some chlls

  • Tips for the guide but only if you feel like he or she added value to your trip to Iceland ;)

What to bring:
  • Comfortable Outdoor Clothing

  • Comfortable Shoes

Good to know:

Please wear layers as the windchill factor can come into play in a walk like this.

Some of the stories can be scary for little children


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Snaedis was amazing!!! The tour was so much fun and she did a great job at storytelling. This was one of our favorite parts of our trip and are definitely recommending it to friends that plan on visiting!
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It was a great way to spend my first afternoon in Reykjavik, getting to hear about Icelandic lore and seeing parts of the city. Our guide was enthusiastic and friendly.
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The tour guide was fantastic. He walked us to a number of sites throughout the center of the city, including a very old cemetry. He is an excellent story teller, talking about trolls, elves, and hidden people in a way that captured the attention of all 8 of us. His English was quite good and the pace with which he took to the various sites was just fine. He made Iceland come a live in a way that a book would not. I recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning about something you won't find in a travel book blurb. Note, you better be on time because you'll be left behind.
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Our guide, Guðmundur, was excellent. He took the time to know us and really tailored the tour to our interests. We would definitely recommend the Mythical Walk.
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Stefan was very nice, friendly, and animated during the tour. We had fun learning some of the Icelandic folktales with a fantastic guide!
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The guide that we had was amazing!!! I definitely recommend this tour!!!
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We took the tour on Friday and had a great time! The tour guide Stefan was hilarious, friendly and informative. Loved learning about the elves, trolls and magical practices of Iceland in a fun and interactive way. Thank you!
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I can honestly say this tour was the highlight of our time in Reykjavik. Reykjavik has such a deep mythical history and Stefan has an amazing way of bringing these stories to life. From the elf stones, to "zombie" tales, to children's lullabies, to even the meaning of the symbols on the parliament building, we had such a wonderful time. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing yet another side of Reykjavik!
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The Folklore walking tour was on every of our favorite tours. We booked last minute (morning of) and ended up being just our group of 3 on the tour, which made for a more intimate experience. Our guide, Stephen, was perfect! He was personable and knowledgeable about the information but also appeared to have fun with the information he presented as well. He went above and beyond to assure a great tour and our group agreed the walking tour was our favorite tour of our entire trip!
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One of the most important things for me when visiting a new country is getting a feel for the local culture. This tour was just that! It was super informative and our tour guide, Stefan, was super interactive and really brought all of these stories to life. I couldn’t have imagined a better way to end off my vacation than getting a little taste of the myths and legends that shaped Iceland and the stories that Icelandic people grew up listening to. Even for those who don’t believe in myths - it was also just a fun, unique tour full of interesting stories that most people don’t think of doing.
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