Private 1.5 Hour Folklore Walking Tour in Reykjavik with an Expert Guide

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Aðalstræti 7, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
2 hours
English, Spanish, German, Icelandic, Danish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish
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Minimum age


Welcome to Iceland, where mysterious creatures lurk in the shadows and where belief in Elves is just part and parcel of living here.

The best thing about doing our Private Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour is that the whole experience is tailored to you. You control the start time and can even adjust the stories a little depending on what you are most interested in.  

The tour will start at Ingólfur Square by the artwork of the two stone pillars which signify how Reykjavik was settled according to the Icelandic Sagas. From there, our route will take us to the oldest graveyard in Reykjavik, which dates back to around 900AD. The next stop is an Elf stone which, according to stories, is a home for a family of Elves.  Head onwards to the Catholic Cathedral of Iceland where the Trolls join our stories, and we talk about their relationship with the Catholic church.  The beautiful Hólavallakirkjugarður Cemetary is where you will hear the most famous Ghost story of Iceland called the Deacon of Dark River. From there, walk down to the Reykjavik pond, passing the Reykjavik City Hall and finally, approach the front of the Icelandic Parliament Building where you will hear about the Guardian spirits of Iceland.

Discover the magic of Iceland on this walking tour. You will hear stories about the Elves, Trolls, and Ghosts of Iceland, as you journey through the streets and parks of Reykjavik City.

In Iceland, Santa is replaced by 13 Yule Lads. You will learn all about them and their mother, the child-eating troll, called Grýla.

1 in 10 Icelanders will have a book published. Iceland is a nation of storytellers. All of our guides are expert locals who love to share the stories of our country.

Maybe you are curious about the connection J.R.R. Tolkien has with the Icelandic Sagas and folklore or perhaps it's the Norse gods like Thor and Odinn that you would like to hear more about. Whatever your interests, your guide will be more than happy to answer your questions and tailor the tour to suit you.

Don't miss out on your chance to discover the parts of Reykjavik that not a lot of travellers see.

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