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

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

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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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Departure Point

43X5+7C9, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

We meet up at Ingolfstorg Square in the center of Reykjavik by the two stone high seat pillars (Over 2 meters high), The square is at the beginning of Austurstræti (Austurstræti 1) and is squared off by the streets Aðalstræti, Hafnarstræti, Veltusund, and Vallarstræti. If you walk down Laugavegur (The main shopping street) please just continue all the way down until you come to the square always walking straight down until you can't continue further. On the Ingolfur square itself, you can see Kvosin a small grocery market and Center Hotel Plaza. We sincerely recommend map programs like Google Maps because the Icelandic street names can be quite tricky.

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

Austurvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland

We end up close to our starting point but now infront of the Parliament building at Austurvöllur public square.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please be at Ingolfur Square 5 minutes before the starting time
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Your Friend In Reykjavik
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour: Meet the Elves, Trolls & Ghosts of Iceland?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour: Meet the Elves, Trolls & Ghosts of Iceland?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour: Meet the Elves, Trolls & Ghosts of Iceland?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour: Meet the Elves, Trolls & Ghosts of Iceland.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour: Meet the Elves, Trolls & Ghosts of Iceland?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Traveler Tips


  • "I highly recommend this tour for those who are fans of mythology or fantasy." See review
  • "Try it yourself if you like stories of elfes, trolls, Odin, Thor, 😊" See review
  • "If you are arriving to Reykjavik in the morning, I suggest this tour." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Very fun tour
Jason_I
, Nov 2021
Our guide was a great storyteller and shared a lot of interesting tales and myths popular in Icelandic culture. It was a really fun hour and a half walk around Reykjavik.
star-5
A unique view of Reykjavik
Mackenzie_P
, Nov 2021
You get to see many interesting sights with a verry enthusiastic guide. Great tour if you want to learn how to summon mystical creatures.
star-5
Mythical Good Time
dtbeckloff
, Oct 2021
Our guide was great. It was a fun way to learn about Icelandic history and stories and explore the city. Despite the chill in the air, we thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend it!
star-4
This was a great way to...
Linda_M
, Oct 2021
This was a great way to begin our visit to Iceland. Our guide was engaging and very personable. It was lovely to just walk through the neighborhoods and listen to the stories about the hidden people, elves, and trolls.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Linda and thank you for leaving us a review We would love to know how we could have made this a five-star review :)? Regards Valur Your Friend In Reykjavik
star-5
"Spooning with Zombies" and other folklore in Reykjavik
Tim_B
, Oct 2021
This is a great way to learn about the history of Iceland and Reykjavik with a twist - focused on myths and folklore mixed in with details on buildings, people, and places. And of course it helps that our tour guide was full of drama and voices - he brought it all to life. Highly recommended!
star-5
Revived my cold, dead heart.
Hannah_C
, Sep 2021
So much fun! You’ll have a ball with this amazing storyteller making you laugh and learn! I never knew rolling pins were so multifunctional!
star-4
Would recommend it
Vani_S
, Sep 2021
Our guide Stirmur (I hope I'm spelling this right) was super animated and I enjoyed the oral history and tradition of Iceland passed on through generations. He was very helpful and did the tour for us even on his birthday. Had a lot of helpful suggestions outside of the tour too. Was fun.
star-5
Zombies, Lullabies, and trolls oh my.
Sandra_M
, Sep 2021
Our guide took us around Reykjavik talking about zombies, trolls, elves, ghosts, graveyards, lake monsters and so much more. He was a very good story teller and he included information on some of the Icelandic lullabies that are dark. It was quite enjoyable. He also shared information on Tolkien’s love of Icelandic folklore.
star-5
Ver interesting and fun tour
Erika_B
, Aug 2021
This tour was so much fun. Stefan was our guide and one of the funniest people I have ever been around. Great story teller and wonderful folk lore.. If you have a few hours to kill don't miss this one. EJ & John Bolsch
star-5
Icelandic story-telling
Anja_D
, Aug 2021
At a leisurely walk we went to some places I would have not found on my own and our guide was a captivating story-teller. Entertaining Icelandic tradition and folklore.

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